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NeoCon has evolved into one of the most recognized and attended commercial design trade shows in the industry. It has taken place in The Mart in Chicago since 1969. The three day event is a platform for connecting, learning, and doing business, attracting nearly 50,000 design professionals. There is nearly 1 million square feet of exhibit space including three floors of showrooms and one floor of temporary exhibitors, this show is the place to launch new contract products! From furniture, to flooring, to medical equipment, software, and most any other interior design fashion you can imagine, NeoCon has evolved into the sought after show to preview and launch latest products.

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Workspace display at Haworth

While attending NeoCon, our Patcraft Creative Team spends time looking at all the interior products like workplace furnishings, fabrics, wallcovering, and other flooring types, to bring you some of the highlights and trends from the show. This year, West Elm Workspace, summarized the trends as:
Residential Inspiration = inviting workplaces that feel comfortable + personal
Choice = Multifunctional pieces that allow for customization + flexibility
Wellness = Workstations + spaces that support and encourage dynamic movement

Our designers agreed with these three trends for new workspace products, which were evident by some of the photos they captured during the show.

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Hand stitched furniture at Herman Miller

Other specific trends noted were:

  • Fabrics and furniture with oversized, hand-stitched accents or a “pieced” sewn together look at Maharam, Coalesse, Herman Miller, Haworth, Steelcase, and Knoll.
  • Disjointed or irregular shapes especially triangles and facet shapes shown at Hon.
  • Unique color displays in Blood Orange, Deep Red, and Dark Fuchsia at Momentum.
  • Some interesting accent color palettes that were more muted pastels with pink, mint green, orange mixed with light greys. It had a very soft & soothing effect adding to the residential feel of the space.
  • Thick, chunky, nubby yarns used in accent rugs made the workspaces warm & inviting.
  • Wood finishes were natural and unfinished looking. Lots of plywood used and exposed the layered edge.

With all that was seen and experienced at NeoCon, our creative team’s challenge will be how to interpret these workplace trends and incorporate the residential influences into performance flooring. Work has already begun in this area, and will continue to evolve and transform, just as the trends and fashions of interior design continuously do.

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