NeoCon 2011 From A Lighting Designer’s Perspective

Story submitted by Jamey Aspel
The NeoCon World Trade’s Fair in Chicago from June 13-15, was a spectacular view into a deeper universe of interior architectural design. I found the show overall to be all about sustainability, simplicity, and slick looks. It is clear that with the current economic climate that budgets are tightened and clients are looking to stretch their dough so that they have an environment that will last longer and go farther.

The show seems to be comprised mostly of corporate office furniture, educational/institutional fixtures, and healthcare related equipment. Throw in some retail and hospitality items and round it out with floor and wall coverings and that is mostly it. Lighting seems pushed far into a corner for the most part. Though there are certainly lighting manufacturers sprinkled throughout all floors, the “Lighting Pavilion” as it was called, seriously lacked the quantity of manufacturers that an exhibition of this size could qualify for. Continue Reading

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