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ASID at NeoCon


NeoCon® is the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. With nearly 1 million square feet of exhibition space, NeoCon will feature game-changing products and services from both leading companies and emerging talent–providing unparalleled access to the latest and most innovative solutions in commercial design.



8:00 AM
6/10/2019 – 6/12/2019


222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Suite 470
Chicago, IL 60654
United States



Date: June 11, 2019
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: NeoCon Theater, 19th Floor, theMart

Stuff Matters: The Material World We Make

Ilse Crawford is a designer, academic, and creative director with a simple mission:  to put human needs and desires at the center of all she does. As founder of Studioilse, together with her multi-disciplinary, London-based team, she brings her philosophy to life. This means creating environments where humans feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home; and homes that are habitable and make sense for the people who live in them. It means designing furniture and products that support and enhance human behavior and actions in everyday life. It means restoring the human balance in brands and businesses that have lost their way.


Date: Throughout NeoCon

ASID is thrilled to showcase the impact of design through an exciting new installation custom designed by Elizabeth von Lehe, Allied ASID, design and brand strategy principal, HDR. The space serves as an oasis that invites visitors to engage, ask broad questions, and explore the beautiful, impactful, and sometimes surprising ways that design impacts lives.


Date: Wednesday, June 12
Time: 8 a.m.

Following the first-ever Outcome of Design Awards, created in collaboration with NeoCon, Herman Miller, and METROPOLIS magazine, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will explore how design truly impacts lives as seen through occupancy data and analysis.

The Outcome of Design Awards (OODA) honor firms that showcase the power of design through research-driven results and innovative, humancentric concepts. This panel, moderated by ASID, will explore how this design approach can be implemented across projects and will highlight the 2019 OODA winning projects and the data that clearly says it all.


Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (panel); 10:30 a.m. – Noon (tour)

Panelists: Meena Krenek, ASID, Gensler; David Euscher, ASID, LEED AP, Corgan; Carolyn Ames Noble, ASID, Ames Design Studio; David Cordell, ASID, Perkins+Will; Jennifer Quail (Moderator, editor-in-chief, i+D)

Showroom/Exhibit Spaces: Allsteel, Benjamin Moore, Humanscale, Keilhauer, Sherwin Williams, True Residential, Wilsonart, Brown Jordan, Construction Specialties, Teknion and Mohawk

Why are trade shows important to the life of an interior designer? A panel of experienced design professionals will explain why trade shows are essential to your career and why it’s imperative to attend them. Our experts will give you insight on what questions to ask, how to evaluate products, and why it is so critical to your success to make connections and establish strong vendor relationships throughout your career.

After the panel discussion, you will break into small groups and tour the show floor with one of our panelists to receive guidance on how to make the most of your time at these important professional events.


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Here Are 7 Restaurants Where You Can Eat Like Bernie Sanders This Year

Bernie Sanders embraced “new acquaintance” on New Year’s Eve: He and his wife, Jane, reportedly ate at a communal table at Clinton Hall Seaport in New York, spending a total of just $16 on their celebratory dinner. Establishing a tone for 2018 of camaraderie and cheer, we endeavor to follow the politician’s example at restaurants that feature communal tables (and particularly unique or outstanding design elements as well). Because, perhaps, as the song goes, old acquaintance shouldn’t be forgot—but new acquaintance should be welcomed as well.

CLINTON HALL SEAPORT: This Bernie Sanders–endorsed establishment is a drinker’s destination for craft brews and craftier eats (e.g., a “doughnut grilled cheese”). We recommend ordering at the mosaic-decorated bar and, then, proceeding to the area with foosball and table tennis.

DINER: This intimate restaurant is housed in a 1920s Pullman car—a hipsters’ harbor at the Williamsburg Bridge. The cuisine is, well, anti-diner, with menu items that include scallops and spätzle.

IPPUDO: Chef Fumihiro Kanegae’s restaurant is as famous for its ramen as it is for its collaboration with Brooklyn Brewery: Brooklyn Kaedama Ale. The design elements (e.g., the red accents, the wood façade) are, at once, authentic and modern.

FETTE SAU: In 2007, this meat-centric canteen was installed in what was a Brooklyn garage. The aesthetic is as BBQ-themed as the eats—the bar stools were once tractor seats and there are pictures of butcher cuts on the walls.

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ROBERTA’S: This indoor-outdoor gastro-pizzeria is as iconic as it is Instagram-able, from the elevated pies to the graffiti-decorated walls. Brooklynites and their brethren-commune-style picnic tables and a tiki-style bar.

IL BUCO: This beloved restaurant has embraced its rustic character with homey interiors and a Mediterranean menu. Downstairs, the cellar boasts 500 bottles—and the rumor is that it inspired Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado.

VIA CAROTA: This Italian gastroteca is furnished with chairs from an old church and reclaimed-wood floors (which were sourced from a gymnasium). The menus—an endeavor from the same chefs/owners as Buvette and I Sodi—are presented on the backs of the chairs (in their “bible” pockets).

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10 Picture-Perfect Hotel Cinemas

There was a time when any hotel might win over a guest with complimentary HBO. But in an age when most films are streamed directly to the couch, heading to an actual theater is an extra-special occasion. Luckily, a clutch of hotels won’t make you travel far to catch a blockbuster, featuring bespoke, full-scale cinema rooms without the sticky floors and no less stylish than the presidential suite. A fabulous way to bring culture into a space—and, perhaps, an artful way to repurpose a basement—these cinematic hotels butter up the guest experience with screening rooms that pop.


Photo: Courtesy of Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Atypical for the pared-down arbiter of cool, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angelespockets a most ornate theater whose original style is inherited; when the brand opened its downtown hub, it thoughtfully restored an on-site 1920s-era movie palace. With 1,600 seats throughout three stories, it stages anything from concerts to movie premieres under a lavish vaulted ceiling lined with thousands of tiny mirrors.

Photo: Courtesy of Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

The showstopper might be its decadent popcorn, a caramelized variety made by Pierre Hermé Paris. But Katara Cinema, a private theater designed by Philippe Starck for Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, is no less stunning. Facing the 23-by-10-foot screen, most of its 99 seats are smoothed in champagne-colored leather—all but one, a seat tailored in burnt orange to add contrast (and a hint of drama).

Photo: Courtesy of Fogo Island Inn

Fogo Island Inn’s The Magic Picture Box, Canada

Housed within Newfoundland’s timber-made Fogo Island Inn, the Magic Picture Box isn’t just a 37-seat theater, but the first and only theater on the remote Fogo Island in Canada. Designed by a Newfoundland native, it features hyper-contemporized details inspired by Art Deco–style theaters.


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Step Inside the World’s 9 Best-Looking Airport Lounges

Travel is transformative. Getting there? Often far less so—unless, that is, you’re a fan of historically long TSA lines, “weather delays,” lost luggage, and the kid behind you who keeps kicking your seat. Thankfully, the options for de-stressing between flights have improved considerably in recent years, with the world’s best airport lounges offering not only full bars and back rubs—complimentary Wi-Fi these days is obviously a given—but also clean, contemporary design that rivals the chicest of hotel lobbies. These nine airport lounges can’t help you bypass security (except in one very posh case), but they can give you plenty of reasons to love a long layover.



Photo: Courtesy of Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines’ First-Class Lounge at Tokyo Haneda International Airport

Conceived by Japanese interior designer Ryu Kosaka around the Japanese minimalism concept of Ma, which celebrates the negative space between objects as much as the objects themselves, JAL’s showpiece lounge is divided by custom-made byobu screens into distinct rooms that include the library, playroom, sake bar (featuring sakes from Tokyo craft beer and whiskey haven Hasegawa Liquor Store), and the darkly cozy Red Suite, which features artwork by Japanese master plasterer Shuhei Hasado.

Photo: Courtesy of Qantas

The Qantas London Lounge at London Heathrow Airport

The brand-new bilevel London reprieve for Qantas passengers features an upstairs gin bar with runway views, a menu by Aussie celeb chef Neil Perry, and modern-minimalist design details like chevron wood flooring and a concrete cocktail bar.

Photo: Courtesy of Grupo Puntacana

The VIP Lounge Club at Punta Cana International Airport

Looking to savor every last vacation moment? Designed by renowned Dominican architect Antonio Segundo Imbert, PUJ’s new VIP lounge builds on the airport’s modern-tropics style—open-air terminals feature midcentury furnishings and thatched palm roofs—with an outdoor infinity pool offering elite travelers panoramic views of the airstrip.


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Trend going viral, but the trees aren’t cheap

For those who like to spend holiday traditions, this trend is for you: The upside down Christmas tree.

This season, social media is rife with photos of inverted pines and firs that are adorning hotel lobbies, shopping centres and downtown atriums with gravity-defying drama.

It’s a surefire showstopper for retailers eager to attract shoppers, but the over-the-top stunt is now making its way into some living rooms, with several retailers offering up kits for the home decorator willing to try something different.

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9 of the Most Spectacular Hotel Residences on the Planet

The appeal of a hotel residence is singular—turn-key luxury managed by the most trusted names in hospitality. It’s no wonder then that top hotel brands continue to include homes in their ambitious projects, and that the global jet-set keeps on buying. A particularly exciting addition to the space is the West Enclave, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residence (the Ritz’s “reserve” designation is granted only to the brand’s utterly top-of-the-line service-oriented resorts), a collection of four- and five-bedroom homes with stunning ocean views and easy access to the resort’s signature amenities. Whether you fancy an exotic vacation villa or an urban pied-à-terre, there’s something to please everyone in these move-in-ready aeries around the world. Here, we’ve gathered some of the most extraordinary examples.

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8 Simply Amazing University Buildings

Outside the classroom, students and faculty can’t help but stay engaged thanks to these stimulating university buildings. For more inspiration, check out our educational spaces board on Pinterest.
1. Pratt Institute’s film and video department by Jack Esterson


thumbs_73042-SoundStage-WASA-0915.jpg.770x0_q95While designing Pratt Institute’s new film and video department, alumnus Jack Esterson, then of now-defunct WASA Studio, was determined to maintain the big-box feeling of the 23-foot-tall column-free interior of the prefab metal building. To accommodate Pratt’s myriad requirements for the facility—a recording studio, a sound stage with an “infinity” green-screen for video shoots, a screening room, and more—Esterson created independent volumes, each distinguished by a series of shapes cut out of the aluminum wrapping, that either seem to float or, in some cases, actually do.
2. Roberts Pavilion at Claremont McKenna College by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects


thumbs_john_friedman_alice_kimm_architects_roberts_pavilion_claremont_mckenna_college_los_angeles_boy_fitness_seating.jpg.770x0_q95Sunlight, regarded as a building material by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, floods Roberts Pavilion at Claremont McKenna College. A campus hub for meet-ups, study groups, and numerous college organizations in addition to the expected basketball games and workouts, the pavilion’s creamy exterior surface of terra-cotta panels is punctuated by vertical strips in the college colors, cardinal red and golden yellow, as well as white. Inside, the college’s name is spelled out, in relief, against a backdrop of letters, symbols, and words from the 10 languages most commonly used on campus.
3. New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development by LTL Architects


thumbs_13642-Classroom.jpg.770x0_q95In the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University’s teacher’s college, LTL Architects incorporated elements from disparate fields of study, everything from engineering and health care to studio art, into an innovative design that resulted in a LEED Gold designation for the 1930 building. Spread over seven floors, each department has a central core with its own distinct character. Other cores, each beneath a sculptural canopy, contain lounges in which students and faculty from different departments can interact.
4. University of Kansas School of Business by Gensler


thumbs_gensler-educational-loungeseating-0616.jpg.770x0_q95University of Kansas School of Business dean and professor Neeli Bendapudi had clear ideas for the school’s new home, Capitol Federal Hall. To prepare their winning proposal, a team of Gensler architects researched business incubators, airports, religious institutions, universities, and corporations. In the central atrium, Bendapudi’s emphasis on community, connections, and sight lines resulted in a zigzagging steel staircase with views into the glass-fronted offices, tutoring stations, conference rooms, and lounges. Near the base of the staircase, tiered seating references the university’s hilly terrain and features moveable, student-designed benches. Long, art-lined corridors encourage students and faculty to stop, observe, and communicate between classes.
5. NEW-Blauhaus by Kadawittfeldarchitektur


thumbs_interior-glass-NEW-Blauhaus-Kadawittfeldarchitektur-0316.jpg.770x0_q95Inside New-Blauhaus’ distinctive shiny blue façade are administrative offices, a library, a student innovation lab, an incubator for start-up businesses, and a customer service center for NEW, an energy and water company. The Passivhaus project, designed by Kadawittfeldarchitektur, promotes the latest developments in energy while offering joint occupancy to the Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Sciences, and NEW.
6. University of Iowa Visual Arts Building by Steven Holl Architects


thumbs_steven_holl_architects_university_of_iowa_visual_arts_building_iowa_city_workspace-wm.jpg.770x0_q95After a 1930’s structure containing student studio space flooded, the University of Iowa hired Steven Holl Architects, who had recently completed the nearby Art Building West, to transform the space into a visual arts facility for young artists. In the new five-story building, panels of zinc and perforated stainless steel leave the interior’s concrete structure exposed while strategic cutaways allow for natural light and ventilation. With the building’s bones so clearly on display, architecture and interior merge—a fitting metaphor for a highly interdisciplinary approach to art-making.
7. CHK Central Boathouse by Elliott + Associates Architects


thumbs_CHK-central-boathouse-interior-architecture-storage-room-lighting-accents-boats.jpg.770x0_q95The sense of rhythm shared by music and rowing informed the design of the CHK Central Boathouse, a facility for the University of Central Oklahoma women’s crew team and a cultural amenity that includes an art gallery and theater for both the school and the city. Designed by Elliott + Associates Architects, the triangular structure contains a gallery with rotating exhibitions by students and local artists, highly polished concrete that mimics the surface of a lake in the theater, and golden yellow LEDs, reminiscent of the rowers’ gold-and-blue jerseys, that shine through the theater’s two window walls.
8. University of North Texas student center by Perkins + Will


perkins_will_university_of_north_texas_denton_boy_mixed_branding_graphics_interior_atrium-wmRefreshing a campus student center is a way to stoke home-team pride while attracting potential students and faculty. In a collaboration between three separate Perkins + Will offices–Dallas, Atlanta, and Chicago–the University of North Texas’s university union was renovated and expanded. The building now features colored LEDs at entryways to mark special events throughout the academic year, lyrics of the university fight song set into the white terrazzo flooring, and words from the university values statement hanging overhead. 

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3,000-Square-Foot Illuminated Acoustic Environment by Eventscape Clads Toronto Theater

Eventscape engineered, fabricated, and installed over 3,000 feet of an acoustical backlit panel solution in the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
When Diamond Schmitt Architects was commissioned to renovate the Toronto Centre for the Arts’s largest theater, they envisioned a dynamic illuminated environment that also met all technical needs. The architects turned to Eventscape, a local design/build expert, to engineer, fabricate, and install their design. The Toronto-based company’s custom architectural fabrications grace numerous large-scale projects such as theaters, convention centers, and luxury retailers worldwide.

eventscape-native-02The system’s chevron design features integrated lighting and alternating diffusing and reflecting backers.
After an extensive site survey, Eventscape developed a custom backlit acoustic wall system that would provide an immersive experience for both audience members and performers alike. Using digital modeling, the company engineered 3,000 square feet of a coordinating zigzag hanging rail system to support the eye-catching chevron-patterned panels that wrap the theater walls and proscenium.
A behind-the-scenes video of the transformation:

Eventscape framed each textile-fronted panel using laser-cut aluminum tubing with brake-formed aluminum sides. The high-performance textile skins feature neutral colors, acoustical transparency, and consistent light diffusion. These mask either solid panels or perforated steel that satisfy acoustical requirements and prevent light leakage. Eventscape ultimately created 40 different sizes of panels that solved technical challenges depending on where they were placed—the stage, balcony, and proscenium all presented their own acoustical requirements.

eventscape-native-06The system has unlimited options in programmable lighting.
The lighting was programmed inside each panel to create a custom light show. Programmable every 12 inches, each panel’s integrated lighting can illuminate the theater with four different colors simultaneously.

EVENTSCAPE_TCA_04View from behind the acoustically transparent panels.

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Inside Equinox Hollywood’s Luxury Locker Rooms

Luxury fitness brand Equinox has opened a new location in Hollywood, California. Located in the epicenter of the neighborhood, the gym will help support the area’s ongoing evolution from a storied entertainment destination to a modern living community.
To support this vision, Jonathan Perkins, project designer at Equinox, sourced ABET Laminati’s Laminate 1394 in Root to surface millwork inside the 40,000-square-foot facility’s locker rooms.

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Inside the Hidden World of Restaurant Design

It’s Saturday night at Happiest Hour, and front-door security can’t check IDs fast enough. A Dallas Stars game just ended, and fans are streaming in from the American Airlines Center in search of the closest after-party spot—which, not coincidentally, is Happiest Hour.

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