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NeoCon 2010

by Hilary Sopata

NeoCon World’s Trade Fair (June 14-16, 2010) is the event of all events for the international furniture market in the USA.  Interior Designers, Architects, Facility Planners, Builders, Students, and other professionals in the furnishings trade attend this jam-packed, wait-in-line-for-an-elevator exciting event!  Held at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois, NeoCon has long been a priority on my calendar for education and information about the pulse of the furniture industry. 

In 2008, I had the opportunity to speak at this world-renowned event to a standing room only crowd of people hungry to learn about “Designing Green in a Brown World.”  I’ve given this presentation many times since and always enjoy reaching out to groups large and small about the importance of green design.  In January, I presented the “Living Green in a Brown World” version to staff members at Hospice.  Together, Michelle Banks Watt and I have presented to dozens of groups including those at libraries, Kiwanis, designer peer groups, and other organizations.  Let us know if you’re interested in hosting us to come and speak at your conference, library, company, or organization!

This year at NeoCon, one of my favorite people in the residential green design movement, Annette Stelmack, Allied Member ASID, is speaking on sustainable residential interiors.  From Colorado, Annette is someone who Michelle and I have truly enjoyed learning from and continuing in her footsteps.  Annette and I serve on the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Sustainable Design Council together and work at both high level and grassroots level to educate and inspire other designers.  This trickles down through Michelle, President-Elect of ASID Illinois and of course the information is also shared with YOU through our blog!

In summary of a grand event, know that Michelle and I work hard to stay on top of our ever-changing industry of interior design and specifically  yet even more ever-changing eco-friendly interior design.  In the coming weeks, we’ll continue to share more information with you in digestible posts!  Keep reading, consider subscribing if you haven’t already, and feel free to provide feedback so that we can make sure you’re learning valuable and timely information from visiting our blog.  Enjoy!


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