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June 01, 2003 |

NeoCon World's Trade Fair

Date: June 16-18

Location: Merchandise Mart, Chicago (click on NeoCon)

Born in 1969, NeoCon is now in its 35th year of bringing commercial and residential furnishing manufacturers and design professionals together for seminars, forums, and trade shows.

With over 50,000 attendees, 1,200 exhibitors, 120 CEU-accredited seminars, a student day, and a special green design exhibit, this year's show promises to be packed with the latest industry trends.

New this year is Greenlife, an exhibit of products for sustainable building design, sponsored by HOK Chicago. The exhibit will not only highlight the show's green products, but will also include a Green Walk tour on Tues., June 17, of the manufacturers and experts who created the sustainable products themselves.

Student Day is scheduled for Wed., June 18, and will include a career exchange, showroom tour, and presentation of the NeoCon Student Awards, honoring students with exceptional portfolios and essays. Keynote discussions include "Learning from the Theatre," "Be Yourself in Interior Design," and "Creativity as an Economic Force." BDC

Sit yourself down

Bar stool is attractive and comfortable for training sites, team and conference spaces, cafeterias, and hospitality and public building areas. Hannah is available in a stacking style as well.

Izzy Design.

Reader Service No. 307


Covered in style

Task seating fabric can be used for acoustical panels and wrapped walls. Ricochet is available in 17 colors, including lemonade, flamingo, ruby, and flame. The material has a Teflon finish for added life.

Knoll Textiles.

Reader Service No. 305


Environmental flooring

EcoCycle porcelain stone tile is available in five new colors, in 12 x 12-in. and 4 x 12-in. tiles. Made of 50-100% recycled porcelain. According to the maker, EcoCycle is 30% harder than granite and is scratch-, stain-, and fade-resistant. It produces no fumes or gasses, will not support mold, mildew, or bacterial growth, and can be maintained without the use of harsh chemicals.


Reader Service No. 300


Hidden from view

Conference table with concealed arched doors provides space for self-contained equipment and integrated projection systems. Avid eliminates the need for ancillary storage, maximizing space utilization and efficiency in conference rooms.


Reader Service No. 306


Going up!

Interior wall and elevator cab surfacing material is made by laminating a printed interlayer material between two pieces of safety glass. ChromaSurface claims it can be easily wiped clean with ordinary cleaning supplies and meets building codes with its safety glass.

Cesar Color.

Reader Service No. 304


Office with a twist

Cubicle cloth fabric creates an original office design with its four color options: sunkist, grass, sky, and dusk. The Bryonia cubicle cloth was inspired by the work of German photographer and educator Karl Blossfeldt.


Reader Service No. 301


The natural look

Laminate for a variety of vertical or horizontal applications is available in 12 new colors, all with earthy undertones. Fiber laminate is made from small pieces of recycled coffee bean bags, creating a natural appearance.

Abet Laminati.

Reader Service No. 302

Booth #A118

Motion detector

Mobile storage unit with a microprocessor-controlled laser-optic system prevents carriage movement whenever a person or an object is detected in an open aisle. When someone enters an aisle equipped with AisleGuard, the aisle automatically locks into its full open position. The face panel controls indicate which aisle is in use. When the aisle is clear, it resets automatically.


Reader Service No. 308


Comfort Zone

Office chairs designed by Antonio Citterio have an organic shape for comfort. The Oson family of office chairs includes Oson Studio, with the oval back and seat (red), and the Oscon Corporate, a more formal look with a higher back and adjustable armrests (black and grey). Both allow for a synchronous movement of seat and back, automatically adjusted according to the user's weight, and are lockable in any position. Adjustable seat height, depth, and back height.


Reader Service No. 303


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