This Week at NeoCon

At NeoCon you’re sure to find the best of good design, and we hope you’ll start in Donghia on the 6th floor.

NeoCon is North America’s most important design exposition and conference for commercial interiors. Located in Chicago’s historic and massive Merchandise Mart (to the tune of 4,000,000 square feet), NeoCon can take days to get through. The annual three-day event is where the interior design industry goes to explore, to learn, to discuss and to find the epitome of great design - with find being the key word. When the Merchandise Mart opened in 1930, it was the largest building in the world. Imagine how many floor lamps it can hold!

Navigating all that square footage will make you hungry, and although you probably won’t get a table at Alinea, you can at least say you saw one of the restaurant’s light fixtures in the Donghia Showroom on the 6th floor. Boyd Lighting’s Icicle Wand Sconces - 14 of them - are featured in the award-winning restaurant, which has been on fire since it reopened with a whole new look last month. (Read our blog post "Cooking Up Something Cool in Chicago" for all the delicious details.) Alinea recently won the James Beard Foundation’s Most Outstanding Restaurant award, and it is fitting that they selected the Wand Sconce which last year made the short list for Interior Design’s Best of Year Awards.

Icicle Wand Sconce located in Alinea

Icicle Wand Sconce located in Alinea

The designer of the Icicle Wand Sconce, Chicago architect Tom Nahabedian, last year won the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Designaward for Chicago’s Brindille restaurant. If you visit Brindille you’ll see that Tom hung a fixture by another acclaimed Boyd designer; he used a Regent Sconce by Roger Thomas to mark the entrance!

The Regent Sconce outside Brindille

The Regent Sconce outside Brindille

Another fixture that’s too hot to miss at NeoCon is the Tonic Sconce by designer David Nosanchuk. This fizzy, glowing fixture is selling like hotcakes. In fact, 54 of them are slated for an undisclosed department store in Texas. This ADA-appropriate sconce, with its low profile and energy efficient lamping, makes it a design that works for residential, commercial and hospitality projects. Available in brass and nickel finishes or any one of Boyd’s 12 new powder coat colors, it’s stunning within a variety of room styles, from modern to industrial and minimalist to mid-century.

Creating fixtures that work in both residential and commercial interiors is what Boyd Lighting is all about. Boyd takes creative designers and pairs them with talented craftspeople to create stunning lighting fixtures that are energy efficient and long-lasting. Our exclusive made-to-order process ensures fixtures meet all specifications for any job large or small, and our customer service team is there to lend a hand every step of the way.