Now on to the real reason I was in Chicago. I've actually made it to yuppie status just within a year of graduating from art school, and I was on my very first, ultra grown up business trip. Every year in Chicago there is a big contract (contract=hospitality, schools, office, healthcare, etc.) furniture fair called NeoCon. I fully understand that the name is a little strange, I know. The furniture isn't too avant garde because a designer cannot really push the envelope too far when one is designing office conference pieces. It was still worthy of note to see what people are thinking about for classrooms, etc because I don't usually think of those spaces as, well, "designed."
A pond in the office?