Thursday, June 17, 2010

Designer Mecca

Welcome to NeoCon, the annual event in Chicago at the Merchandise Mart where designers the world over come together! It's an exciting time to view new products, network, attend special events, seminars, and parties that never end! It's nice that ASID has hooked into it now, too! I enjoyed seeing many ASID colleagues from "back in the day".

The crush in the halls and waits for the elevator are all part of the experience. Generally, the stairs are the best bet for not having to wait in endless queues. All in all, the Merchandise Mart staff are always friendly, helpful, polite, and efficient in handling the masses.

I enjoy being inspired by innovative displays at NeoCon. DSG Custom Glass had a great display showing their digital printing directly on glass. Here you can have your cake and eat it too. If you like the clean lines of modern but can never quite give up the seduction of the Louis', here's your solution. The glass was epoxied to a sturdy steel frame.

Wilsonart had these cute red dresses hanging on a rack. The drawers are totally functional. With laminate, all that restricts you is your imagination.

These magnifying glasses, suspended from wire, were individually screwed into the ceiling. I like crazy ideas that make you want to see more, literally!

Here I am taking a break. I observed people in the hall wrapped in these pink straps, and come to find out, they are "chairs"! I was worried that if I sat down, I wouldn't be able to get up; I was so tired by the end of the day. Now THIS is a minimal chair. You can put it in your pocket and it's always ready when you are!

Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil

Here I am with Pipa Bradbury, interior designer and furniture designer, and Sybil van Dijs, ASID, interior designer and ASID national board member.


  1. hey renee - love the speak no evil shot - tres cute!!! i'm enjoying your blog and learning lots about design - keep up the great work!! ♡

  2. Thanks, Amanda! I always did like the little monkies, and their motto is a good one!