Play designer for a night during NeoCon
Even if you’re not a designer or architect, there are reasons to get caught up in the excitement of the NeoCon trade fair that takes over the Merchandise Mart (and much of River North) this week as the industry descends on Chicago to see what’s new.
As shelter-mag-toting designophiles, we’ll be vying for front-row seats tomorrow at Luminaire’s free, open-to-all night with designer Oki Sato, a co-founder of the renowned design studio Nendo. Sato is also the design director of the new brand K%; the brilliant young artist’s philosophy embraces the value of unbridled inspiration, and his pieces are meant to provide what he calls “!” moments in everyday life. (Go to a reception and exhibit of Sato's work at Luminaire, 301 W. Superior St.)
From there, it’s a quick jaunt to our favorite unofficial NeoCon-week showcase of indie design from around the Midwest. Organized by Morlen Sinoway Atelier, the Guerrilla Truck Show sets up from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Fulton Market district with music, gallery parties and art shows staged in trucks.
We’re eyeing our closets for suitable showroom-to-street attire: It’s going to be one high-style night.