Ian. I think Neoncon this year just killed felt, and that’s a good thing. It seems that every other year I make my way to Chicago in June and it seems the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup each time as well hmm… Chicago is a great city, sister city to Toronto where I once lived, it shares a number of similarities in the aspects that I love about the city. The waterfront is amazing, the festivals, the atmosphere and the weather always seems to be great at this time of year.

Neocon is a massive trade show that mainly focuses on commercial interiors. The like of Knoll, Herman Miller, Hayworth, Steelcase, OFS and many, many more line the aisles, housing massive showrooms, free swag and a feast for the eyes. The event takes place in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Built in 1930 it was the biggest building in the world at the time and this building is still massive by today’s scale. In what seems like endless floor after floor after floor, companies pack the showrooms with their latest works.

I mentioned the death of felt because I believe that at Neocon this year we’re seeing it’s peak. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great material but now it’s everywhere and that means it’s time to move on. The trend has come and gone, next year we’ll see a bit less and then it’ll fade to just being another material. What 2016 brings I don’t know, I know that I could spend about $30k and buy a book that will tell me but that’s no fun.

Below you’ll find a collection of images from both this years 2015 show and a few from the 2013 show.

Until next time Chicago!