Today is already Wednesday, the last day of NeoCon 2009 (and student day)! How will you make the most of it? In addition to specially planned programs at IIDA and elsewhere, remember to take plenty of time to explore the show itself. With so much to see and so little time, start by checking out the winners of the Showroom and Booth Design Competition and the Best of NeoCon 2009 Awards.
The 14th annual Showroom and Booth Design Competition was sponsored by IIDA along with Contract magazine. One of the biggest highlights is the Nurture showroom (3-101), which won awards both for Best Large Showroom and Best Overall Showroom. Rather than resembling a typical showroom in the Mart, the winning space realistically recreates an actual healthcare environment. “The approach by the Nurture design team was authentic, evidence based design,” commented Steve McCollum, IIDA, AIA, Vice President of Communications for IIDA. Other winning designs you won’t want to miss include Leland International’s showroom (337) and Amtico International’s booth (8-7054).
Be sure to pick up a Best of NeoCon booklet on your way in and read about the top-rated products introduced at NeoCon 2009. In its 20th year, the 2009 competition chose the winning designs out of over 400 products in 45 categories. Award recipients include Steelcase, 3form, Teknion, Haworth, and Herman Miller, to name a few. You can find their booths and showrooms spread throughout floors 7, 8 (booths) and 3, 10, 11 (showrooms). Some say it’s best to start on 11 and work your way down. However, remember that some of the booths on 7 and 8 may start packing up early today because it is the last day. What will your strategy be for seeing the best and most exciting of NeoCon 2009?
Check back later to read about some of IIDA’s NeoCon 2009 favorites!