David Rockwell Keynote Address at NeoCon 2016

There are few people that would motivate me to get up at the crack of dawn to hear before a full day of NeoCon showroom visits, but one of them is certainly David Rockwell. His Tuesday morning keynote talk in the Sauganash Ballroom next door the Merchandise Mart set a prevailing positive tone over what was to follow for the rest of the day. Fresh from winning the Tony Award for set design for “She Loves Me,” a story set in a Budapest perfume shop, Mr. Rockwell proudly showed the audience his winning envelope from the night before. This was his fifth Tony nomination for set design, but his first win. In many ways, Mr. Rockwell’s talk was a perfect synthesis of the many design convergences that happened at this NeoCon: themes of formal bridging into informal, or playing between displaying and concealing, or how an interior space can change …