Preview to NeoCon East 2015

NeoCon East is just around the corner! As we count down the days, we wanted to offer a sneak peek of what to expect in Philadelphia, Oct. 28-29.

If you are show-bound, be sure to add the opening night event, the Philadelphia Block Party/ IIDA Product Parade (10/28 from 4-7PM), to your calendar. The special gathering will celebrate the show’s first year in the City of Brotherly Love and offer iconic local fare– think Philly cheesesteaks, Yuengling, Tastykake and Rita’s Water Ice! The event will also feature IIDAĀ’s 14th Annual Philadelphia Product Parade in a special display. The party is open to all registered NeoCon East and AIA Philadelphia’s Design on the Delaware attendees.

A Snapshot of the Special Features, Programming & Products
October 28-29
Pennsylvania Convention Center

NeoCon East is ready to make a strong debut in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Oct 28-29. With exciting programming led by industry leaders, events with influential A&D professionals and associations from the region, as well as a host of buzz worthy products across the vertical markets, there’s lots in store for the 13th annual edition.

NeoCon East is known as the best place on the east coast to see and spec commercial interiors products. With the move to Philadelphia, that productive experience will be taken to new levels. The show?s exhibitors are on the front lines of the industry, tapping into the needs of the market of the future. Whether it’s smarter materials and less obtrusive products that will make hospitals true places of healing, or furnishings that promote well-being and transition beyond the “9 to 5” for a more dynamic way of working, there will be no shortage of forward-thinking offerings for every vertical on the show floor.

“In the end, we are all striving for better, healthier spaces. From our exhibitors to our educational offerings, NeoCon East is a great resource for working towards that goal,” comments Susan McCullough, Senior Vice President, The Mart.

Here are some NeoCon East 2015 highlights.

On the Show Floor:

The NeoCon East show floor will display a wide range of product offerings across categories. For the first time, there will be a dedicated Architectural Wall Section for attendees to explore featuring Altro Floors, GGI, Goldray Industries, Haworth Inc., JE Berkowitz, M/W International, Inc., McGrory Glass, Inc., Nana Wall Systems Inc., Nxt Wall and Transwall.

The Interiors & Sources Materials Pavilion makes its NeoCon East debut. The hands-on and engaging exhibit will be a source of materials, product, ideas and inspiration. Interiors & Sources along with its partner Material Intelligence are behind the global materials and educational experience.

Non-profit DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) will use its space on the show floor to display products from manufacturers who are participating in its Specify With Care cause-marketing program. The initiative invites companies to donate a percentage of sales from designated collections to benefit DIFFA’s mission.

Additional exhibitor product highlights include:

Flash Furniture (Booth 312)
First time exhibitor Flash Furniture is now introducing a colorful new line of metal chairs, bar stools, and tables for casual indoor or outdoor dining. The first elements of the program will be introduced at NeoCon East.

HON_VoiHon (Booth 703)
Voi desking is designed to meet the needs of any user; Voi’s layered work surfaces, practical storage components, versatile materials, and compact footprints can be personalized to achieve the right mix of functionality and style.

Allsteel_AltitudeAllsteel (Booth 713)
Allsteel has expanded its Altitude electric height-adjustable table portfolio. The series offers a table with new shapes and legs, which can adapt to corner offices. It is also movable on casters and comes with a battery-operated remote control.


Herman Miller_Mirra2StoolGroupHerman Miller (Booth 903)
The Mirra 2 stool brings dynamic support to any setting where seated and standing collaborators benefit from being at a common eye level. Bringing performance seating to new heights, Mirra 2 stools combine immediate comfort and personalized ergonomics in one sophisticated design, suitable for use in office, education, retail, hospitality, and government environments.

The Humanscale show room at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, Ill.Humanscale (Booth 919)
OfficeIQ combats sedentary work behaviors through intuitive technology and design. The unobtrusive, portable product can be retrofitted to any height-adjustable surface and task chair, whether in a personal workstation, conference room or shared-desking area. OfficeIQ’s intelligent technology motivates users to make activity part of their daily work life by logging real-time health and wellness data ? such as total calories burned.

KimballOffice_PairingsKimball Office (Booth 925)
The Pairings collection delivers essential elements to support conversation and collaborative work across a variety of work applications. From corporate offices to higher education facilities to hospitality destinations, this product line of seating, tables, and surfaces creates adaptable lounge-based work settings that can play host to both teams and technology in comfort and style.

Altro Flooring and Wall Cladding (Booth 1262)
The Altro Walkway series now boasts four new colors and the Altro Aquarius boast three new hues. Designed for the senior living market specifically, Walkway provides lifelong slip and abrasion resistance and Aquarius is ideal for wet areas with any kind of shoes (or none at all).

Amazing Magnets (Booth 1273)
MarkerMag is a magnetic adapter that plugs into a standardized dry-erase marker, creating a marker that can be magnetically attached to glassboards and other marker boards.

ICFGroup_UnikaVaev_EcousticPanelRAW2ICF Group/Unika Vaev (Booth 1315)
Raw is a new silkscreen printed sound absorbing panel/screen. Its design is the result of the manipulation of the photographic imagery of brick and stone. The juxtaposition of hard surfaces imagery upon a soft textile surface provides an industrial aesthetic with a unique acoustic solution. Raw is available in seven hand silkscreened color-ways on selected marl and solid ecousticĀ® felt.


CARVART_C1collectionCARVART (Booth 1325)
The C1 Collection of twelve exclusive etched architectural glass patterns will be displayed in 7 foot tall panels. All twelve designs are named after trending Brooklyn neighborhoods where CARVART started its manufacturing of glass 20 years ago.

M/W International, Inc. (Booth 1368)
New exhibitor M/W International, Inc.?s Savvy is a new line of architectural elements designed to enhance the architectural hardware offering of M/WI’s complete line of demountable wall products. Design sensitive, Savvy is adept for any vertical market where sophistication intersects with practicality and versatility.

Borgo_Tazza05Borgo Contract Seating (Booth 1407)
Tazza is a contemporary, polypropylene molded plastic chair that is 100% recyclable. Its timeless shell is ergonomically designed, gently hugging the sitter?s body.

Digilock (Booth 1433)
Digilock?s NumerisĀ® is a simplified security solution designed for file cabinets, storage and casegoods.

CHBriggs_AlynC.H. Briggs (Booth 1437)
ALYN is a proprietary wall cladding product line, which includes solid surface and resin options. This material would be ideal for all vertical commercial markets, as well as applications in commercial lobby space, corporate offices, hospitals, theaters, etc.

NELSON Re-Connect Lounge at NeoCon East (Booth 1069)
The NELSON Re-Connect Lounge is the place to go to reconnect and recharge during the hustle and bustle of the show. The unique space combines respite, work, and connection and is designed to promote the bump factor in a relaxing and functional oasis. Attendees can have an impromptu meeting, charge their phone and laptop, hold a private conversation with industry professionals, or simply just take a breather.

On the Calendar:

Keynotes/Special Presentations

Todd Bertsch and Betsy Nurse
HOK Atlanta’s lead designers Todd Bertsch and Betsy Nurse present a new paradigm for designing. Their work on Porsche Cars North America?s high performance headquarters will be highlighted.

Time: Wednesday, October 28 at 11:00AM
Location: Theater, Show floor

Jake Barton
Jake Barton is Principal and Founder of Local Projects, an award-winning media design firm for museums and public spaces.

Time: Thursday, October 29 at 11:00AM
Location: Theater, Show floor

Denise Turner Roth
Recently and unanimously confirmed U.S. General Services Administrator Roth is working to build on GSA’s progress and continue this agency?s efforts to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people.

Time: Wednesday, October 28 at 1:00PM -2:00PM
Location: Theater, Show floor

Beyond Workplace A to Z: End User Meets Manufacturer
This session will focus on how to deal with the growing pains of rapidly expanding business and still keep employees happy. Metropolis magazine will host a panel presentation that examines the unique collaboration between tech start-up Harry’s and furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, and a new model of how the contract industry and end users can collaborate. Stemming from Metropolis’ June 2015 workplace special feature, “A to Z: Everything About the Way We Work is Changing,” Metropolis senior editor Avinash Rajagopal takes an in-depth look into the Living Office, with Herman Miller Director of Workplace Strategy Joseph White, as both an evolving workplace and an ongoing research project.

Time: Thursday, October 29, 2:30 PM – 3:30PM

There will be over 25 CEU accredited programs across a wide range of topics and 12 educational tracks including a specifically designed GSA seminar series free to all attendees. A full listing is available here:

Philadelphia Block Party/ IIDA Product Parade
Wednesday, October 28 from 4:00PM ? 7:00PM
Attendees can celebrate NeoCon East?s first year in the City of Brotherly Love with a “Philadelphia Block Party” featuring iconic Philadelphia food and drink offered across the show floor. The evening event will also feature IIDA?s 14th Annual Philadelphia Product Parade in a special display. The Philadelphia Block Party and IIDA Product Parade will be open to all registered NeoCon East and AIA Philadelphia?s Design on the Delaware attendees. The event is sponsored by Caesarstone, NELSON, AIS, Bentley, Kimball Office, Business Interiors by Staples, Great Openings, SitOnItSeating/IDEON and Wolf-Gordon.

AIA Design on The Delaware:
The 13th Annual Design on the Delaware Conference will run in tandem with NeoCon East at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Focusing on issues and opportunities of the built environment, Design on the Delaware offers 30 programs, three general sessions, and 15 tours all providing AIA CES. NeoCon East attendees can take advantage of reciprocal registration and sign up for conference programs a la carte.

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Halls D and E
Broad Street Entrance

Wednesday, October 28 | 10:00AM -7:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 9:00AM ? 4:00PM

Wednesday, October 28 | 9:30AM ? 5:00PM
Thursday, October 29 | 9:30AM ? 3:30PM
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