May 10, 2013

NeoCon 2013 Keynotes Offer Industry Snapshot

The Merchandise Mart, Chicago.

The Merchandise Mart, Chicago.

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At this year’s NeoCon 2013, being held June 10 – 12 at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, attendees will have the opportunity to hear this year’s roster of keynote speakers: Bjarke Ingels, founder of


; Michael Vanderbyl, Principal of

Vanderbyl Design

; Holly Hunt, president and CEO of

Holly Hunt

; and Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, interior architect and founder of

Rottet Studio


Award-winning architect

Bjarke Ingels

will speak on Monday, June 10 at 8 a.m. Ingels founded BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Ingels’ discussion is sponsored by OFS Brands and presented by IIDA.
Moderated by Cindy Allen, editor in chief of

Interior Design


Michael Vanderbyl

, whose firm was founded in 1973, will lead a panel discussion with four of his clients: David Feldberg, President and CEO of Teknion; Janice Feldman, President and CEO of JANUS et Cie; Christian G. Plasman, President of Van Peursem Ltd; and Kevin Stark, President of HBF. The group will discuss their combined 90 years of the designer-client relationship. Vanderbyl’s panel is sponsored by Teknion and presented by ASID.

On Tuesday, June 11 at 1 pm.,

Holly Hunt

will take the stage. As President and CEO, Hunt leads HOLLY HUNT, the company, and is intimately involved in design and creative work for her self-described, design-centric business of showrooms and product for interior designers. Hunt’s speech is presented by the Design Center at The Merchandise Mart.

Lauren Rottet

will be NeoCon’s final keynote speaker, on Wednesday, June 12 at noon. Rottet is equally known for her expertise and leadership in the design of office environments, hotels and now residences. Rottet’s presentation is sponsored by Decca Contract and Presented by AIA Chicago.

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