NeoCon Trend 3 – The New Workstations

It’s undeniable that over the past few years, workstations have dramatically evolved and changed in the furniture world. Whether it was the move towards smaller “bench” stations or the introduction and later explosion of height adjustable desks, the way that the commercial interiors industry has approached the way we work. At this year’s NeoCon Showcase, this idea of the ever-changing workstation was as present as ever. Standing Height Surfaces It’s no secret that height adjustable desks have been having a “moment” for the past few years. That in itself wasn’t necessarily a trend this year, but rather the prominence of fixed worksurfaces that were at standing height. These standing height stations allow people to perch while working, and offer a way for users to change their postures. Haworth had several great examples of this throughout their space – from their “Immerse” standing height conference table (below left) to their new “Sidecar” standing height workstation (below center), both […]

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Top NeoCon Trend: [Re]Mix of Materials

In our first two NeoCon blog posts, we discussed how color and technology were major players at the showcase. Our final favorite trend takes a look at how mixing materials can take a piece of furniture and completely change it’s look and purpose. Material Mix-Up: Chair Backs While walking around NeoCon, we noticed several manufacturers were showcasing their seating products with unique new details. Specifically, we saw a trend of wood veneers and other casing shells on the back of the chairs. Andreu World’s Best of NeoCon Gold Award-Winning Flex Executive Conference Chair (pictured left) is a great example of the power that mixing materials can have on the aesthetic of the piece. With a walnut veneer back, the Flex Executive adds a special touch to the chairs positioned around the conference table, contrasting with the light gray upholstered fabric seat. Paoli’s CO|HO chairs offer a seating solution that is both comfortable and beautiful, with an exposed […]

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Top NeoCon Trend: Power Everywhere

In talking about trends at NeoCon, one of the most prominent was the integration of power into corporate lounge furniture. For decades, we’ve seen the importance of power and data management in systems furniture but until this showcase, the integration of power in lounge and collaboration pieces were much more uncommon. It seemed that in each showroom our team entered, we found products that made charging mobile devices and electronics easier than ever. Below are some of our favorite pieces that take staying connected to the next level. It’s Electric – Lounge Charging electronics, laptops, and tablets while staying engaged in your work helps to maintain a high level of productivity. Integration of outlets and USB power into lounge furniture allows workers to stay plugged in while collaborating in a think tank or focusing on heads down work. While we saw these types of lounge pieces in nearly every showroom at NeoCon, several struck a cord […]

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Top NeoCon Trend: Emerald City

With this year’s NeoCon Showcase wrapping up today, our team is reflecting on the product debuts, trends, and stand-out showrooms from the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Debuting in 1969, NeoCon has been featuring key products and brands from lighting and flooring to furniture and textiles in the commercial interiors industry for decades. Over the next few days, we’ll be covering the top three trends this year, starting with a pop of color that couldn’t be avoided. Emerald City The color green made a major appearance at this year’s showcase. Whether it was the feature color for furniture pieces or the major accent color, green seemed to be everywhere. In various hues and levels of saturation, we found ourselves “envious” of many of the pieces in this color. One of our favorites included Haworth’s Poppy Chair, a beautiful debut from Patricia Urquiola, shown below (pictured left) in a stunning emerald tone, accompanying Studio Urquiola Tables and Haworth’s Trivati […]

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