Happenings: Gearing Up for NeoCon®

May 2, 2007

A variety of must-attend special events highlight the
best in design at the 39th annual NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair in Chicago.

For designers and architects making the annual pilgrimage  to Chicago for the 39th annual NeoCon® World's Trade Fair,which will be held June 11-13, 2007,
the time to start planning your schedule is now.

This year, in addition to being able to see the latest in product offerings, NeoCon will offer
attendees a plethora of events celebrating the best aspects of the design industry. In addition
to keynote speakers Zaha Hadid, Tim Brown and Nadja Swarovski, attendees will find a wide
variety of events, special exhibits and activities throughout the three-day show.

Also, be sure not to miss the upcoming June 2007 issue of Interiors & Sources, where you
will get a sneak peak at dozens of new product launches that will be featured in Chicago in our
exclusive NeoCon Product Preview.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

SATURDAY, JUNE 9

2007 DIFFA/CHICAGO GALA
7-8:30 p.m. | The Field Museum
DIFFA/Chicago (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) announces its 19th annual gala— "A Grand Tour." Co-chaired by Hunter Kaiser of Henricksen and Erik Parks of Harrington College of Design, proceeds from the gala will contribute to DIFFA/Chicago's Excellence in Care Awards grant program. For more information, visit www.diffachicago.org, or call Georgeanna Farr at (312) 644-6412 in the DIFFA/Chicago office, or e-mail [email protected].

MONDAY, JUNE 11

SURVIVING NEOCON: PLAN YOUR SUCCESS
8-9 a.m.
First-timers and novice attendees will learn the best ways to easily navigate one of the world's largest trade shows, including how to master the crowds, the elevators and the enormity of the show. Space is limited. To register, visit www.neocon.com. Speaker: Kay Sargent, IIDA, CID, LEED AP, principal, Interior Architects, Washington, D.C.

2007 OFDA DEALERS' CHOICE AWARDS
9 a.m.-noon
Office Furniture Dealers Alliance (OFDA) will announce the annual Dealers' Choice Award winners, which are chosen by the results of the association's 2007 OFDA Dealer Manufacturer Satisfaction Index Survey.

BUILDINGS 12TH ANNUAL
INNOVATIONS AWARDS PROGRAM
4 p.m. | Buildings Café, 8th Floor

Sponsored by Buildings magazine, this awards program honors products and services based on how well they solve facilities' challenges in commercial, institutional and industrial markets. Finalists and winners can be viewed during NeoCon and will be honored at the reception. For more information, call (800) 553-8878 ext. 5059, or access www.buildings.com/awards.

SHOWROOM PARTIES
5-7 p.m. | Floors 3, 10 and 11
The momentum of NeoCon will be in full swing Monday night! Attendees can showroom-hop on floors 3, 10 and 11 to see fabulous products, network and wine and dine with colleagues and friends from the industry (select showrooms). Look for more information at www.neocon.com.

COOL 2007 IIDA BLACK TIE CELEBRATION
7-11 p.m. | Westin Chicago River North
IIDA's annual black tie gala brings together designers and manufacturers from throughout the industry for one spectacular evening in celebration of design. Winners from IIDA's Interior Design Competition and the Will Ching Competition will be honored. For ticket information, call (888) 799-4432 or e-mail [email protected].

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11-13

"ASK THE HEADHUNTER" WITH STEPHEN VISCUSI
9 a.m.-4 p.m.| Market Suites, 8th Floor, Suite 8-1129
Television personality, best-selling author and CEO of The Viscusi Group, Stephen Viscusi will discuss how he staffs positions for everything from CEOs to salespeople, for industry leaders like Holly Hunt Ltd., Waterworks and 3-Form. Viscusi began his career at industry giant, Haworth. Visit his Web site at viscusigroup.com for more information.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

MEET THE PRESIDENTS DAY
10 a.m.-noon
On Wednesday, showrooms and exhibit booths will be filled with presidents of top manufacturers hoping to share their expertise and insight with attendees. Connect with specific companies you are exploring for upcoming projects.

THE WORLD YOU WISH FOR, WE WORK FOR
4-7 p.m. | Holiday Inn Mart Plaza | Wolfpoint Ballroom
Benefiting The Delta Institute, this reception will feature keynote speaker Eileen Claussen of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Claussen will discuss climate change policy in light of developments on Capitol Hill and related business challenges and opportunities. Sustainability programs of the City of Chicago, The Merchandise Mart and the Delta Institute will also be highlighted. A fee of $60 will allow admittance to the reception, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. To register, go to www.neocon.com.

ONGOING EXHIBITS & SPECIAL FEATURESTAKING THE LEED EXHIBIT
Ten Cutting-Edge Sustainable Projects
in Chicago
Market Suites, 7th Floor | Suite 7-1131
i4design magazine sponsors this exciting exhibit of 10 projects showcasing the visionary works of architects and designers who are making a difference in sustainable design.

SOM: A TRADITION OF INNOVATIVE INTERIORS
Market Suites, 8th Floor | Suite 8-3010A
Celebrating its 70th anniversary, this exhibit will showcase a few of the "SOM Classics"— projects that will demonstrate the diversity of SOM's interior practice; span the firm's interiors work in the commercial, hospitality, education, government and healthcare markets; and underscore how the SOM Interiors Group has transformed into a global practice.

MATERIAL CONNEXION EXHIBIT
Market Suites, 7th Floor | Suite 7-1017
This remarkable "petting zoo of new materials" will allow visitors to directly experience the latest gels, plastics, resins, foams and laminates in a fusion of art and technology intended to spark new ideas. For more information, visit www.material connexion.com.

STUDENT PROJECT DISPLAY
Throughout the duration of the show, attendees will have the opportunity to view the original work of future designers from local design schools. Projects range from commercial to residential, retail to restaurant.

For more information on NeoCon, visitwww.merchandisemart.comor call (800) 677-6278 (MART).

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