Interior Design Week in Illinois

The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, where NeoCon will be held June 15-17, 2009

The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, where NeoCon will be held June 15-17, 2009

Everyone is all the buzz in Chicago this week about the little event that you may have heard of called NeoCon, to take place June 15-17 in the Merchandise Mart. Thousands of designers, students, and industry professionals alike will flock to the Mart from all over the country next week to take part in the annual trade show and maybe even attend a seminar or party. The excitement has even spread downstate, to Springfield, Illinois (the state’s capital). In fact, last week Governor Pat Quinn released an official gubernatorial proclamation that June 15 – 22, 2009 will be deemed “Interior Design Week” in Illinois, coinciding with NeoCon. This is according to an official press release from IIDC (the Illinois Interior Design Coalition), announcing the proclamation. Hopefully, this proclamation will be able to raise awareness among the general public about the importance of the interior design profession, in case they haven’t caught the drift from NeoCon already.

Governor Patt Quinn

Illinois' Governor Patt Quinn

In fact, the governor points out in his proclamation that, “interior designers are responsible for planning the spaces of almost every type of building and must be attuned to architectural detailing, including floor plans, home renovations, as well as regulations set forth by construction and building codes….” and that, “encompassing 1.2 million square feet of exhibition space on 10 floors, NeoCon will host more than 1,200 exhibitors showcasing thousands of new products from hundreds of the world’s top manufacturers, and is expected to draw more than 50,000 trade professionals.” Whoa! IIDC (and this blogger) thanks Governor Quinn for recognizing the profession of interior design, as well as approximately 1,600 registered interior designers and registered residential interior designers practicing as registered professionals in the great state of Illinois. Click here to see a copy of the governor’s full proclamation.

Has the excitement spread to your part of the country? Are you going to NeoCon?

Submitted by Michelle Carroll, IIDA Summer Intern.

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