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DNA Podcast - The Future of NeoCon Shows + Hot Topics in the Design Industry

What's influencing change and conversations around the design industry's most prominent trade show.


The Future of NeoCon Shows + Hot Topics in the Design Industry

Connection, collaboration and change.  

In this episode, ThinkLab's Amanda Schneider interviews Byron Morton, vice president of sales and leasing forNeoCon and theMART, and Avinash Rajagopal, editor-in-chief of Metropolis to explore the key issues driving the changes and conversations anticipated at the design industry's annual trade show. 


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Season 3, Episode 07 Show Notes

Our first guest, Byron Morton, discusses the changes that are coming to NeoCon 2022 and beyond. He shares what to expect at the design industry's most prominent trade show and an inside look at MART 2.0 – a renewal and renovation project of theMART that will expand on its amenities and sense of community.

Metropolis' Rajagopal touches on three hot-button topics currently influencing the interior design industry and which will drive conversations at NeoCon: technology, sustainability, and DE&I (diversity, equity, and inclusion).  

Highlights from this episode: 

3:01] Byron describes what kinds of products he expects to see at NeoCon 2022 now that the purpose of the office has changed.

[14:34] “A showroom anywhere other than at theMART is just a showroom in an office building. You don't get that sense of community.

[17:45] Avinash discusses how developing hybrid experiences isbecoming more central to interior design.

[24:09] Avinash explains the importance of considering the impact of interior design beyond just the occupants of space. “Every interior that you design, through the products and materials that you put in it, touches the lives of hundreds of people around the world.



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Special thanks to our podcast season sponsors,  Mannington Commercial, Keilhauer, theMART, and NeoCon – companies doing big things to move the design industry forward. 
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