Whether we’re away at a conference or at home in our office, we at PLASTARC tend to view the world of workplace design from a particular perspective: a human-centric one that prioritizes the needs and experiences of occupants and emphasizes the cognitive science behind good design decisions.Naturally, our attendance at NeoCon 2017 gave us a generous serving of food for thought in all of these regards.
Although NeoCon 2017 is now behind us, so much of the visual stimuli stays with us for months. One thing I like to do every year before day-to-day responsibilities take over is to capture key trends that span all the tremendous showrooms, products and conversations. Here are five takeaways from the world’s leading commercial design trade show in Chicago:
At NeoCon this year, there was a great sense of confidence in the air. For once, many of the larger showrooms such as Herman Miller and Vitra did not feel the need to cram in more and more furniture, as if they were trying to justify the vast amounts they had spent. Plenty of open spaces allowed products to be presented more attractively and viewed more easily.
After years of shifting between private spaces and open office floor plans, the office furniture industry seems to have settled on a happy medium.
Instead of providing a one-size-fits-all solution to its customers, office furniture manufacturers are offering a suite of products that balance collaboration with privacy. Moreover, their products are making office environments look more like residential settings than ever before.
Last week, the A&D industry gathered in Chicago at the Merchandise Mart for the 49th annual contract furnishings fair known as NeoCon, and Architizer was there to scour the show to discover the best new products ranging from seating and desking to lighting and flooring. Because there’s a lot of ground to cover, we’re splitting our NeoCon recap into six roundups beginning with the best of acoustical and privacy products.
NeoCon's 48th show was held at The Mart in Chicago, June 12-14, much to the delight of more than 500,000 design professionals from around the world, and to the dismay of Chicagoan's who half-jokingly kept asking show goers when they could expect normal traffic conditions again. The expansive commercial furniture show is spread across nearly one million square feet of The Mart, showcasing the big players of commercial furniture in permanent showrooms, as well as smaller manufacturers and newcomers with exciting innovations in personalized, temporary booths. From office to education to hospitality, the furniture and fixtures at NeoCon aim to make public and high-traffic spaces better for the people that occupy them. One thing is for sure: Human-centric design is here to stay.
From showing you a sneak peek of our carbon-negative tile prototype to seeing your sketches of +Positive spaces, we loved every minute of NeoCon 2017. Let the countdown to next year’s event begin!
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We headed to Chicago last week to check out the latest in commercial design at this year’s NeoCon. Luckily the days of corporate cubicles are slowing fading as companies are continuing to push the idea of what an office should look like with innovative textiles, colors, materials, and designs that are finally bringing some fun back into the workspace. Take a look at some favorite things we spotted while walking the floors of the Merchandise Mart.
NeoCon 2017 boasted a higher attendance than last year—by over 7 percent—and according to Byron Morton, vice president of leasing for the Merchandise Mart Properties, this was a growth both in terms of registered attendance and the uniqueness of its attendees, as nearly 20 percent of the attendees were corporate end users. These numbers aren’t surprising; has any other space changed as much as the workplace in the past five years?
Inviting us to “experience commercial design from every angle,” NeoCon once again served up a sensory feast of innovative products and materials. But what took place between the showrooms—from elevator chatter to keynote lectures—was often as inspiring.
This year the Steelcase showroom features Creative Spaces, a range of technology-enabled workspaces designed to foster creative thinking at work, which were jointly-developed with Microsoft. Introduced earlier this year in New York, Creative Spaces are reinterpreted in the Chicago showroom to demonstrate an even broader range of products and features to foster creative work. Steelcase also released new research that uncovers the drivers behind the shift toward creative work and the struggles many organizations face as they work to build a creative culture. The company’s findings are presented in its 360 Focus, Creativity, Work and the Physical Environment.
Imagine that you’re sitting at your desk, working on a spreadsheet. That’s when you feel a vibration in your hands. Then you see a subtly glowing light. And you realize it’s nearly noon, and you’ve been sitting all morning. So you touch the light. Your desk raises to standing level. And you ditch your chair.
Following its launch at NEOCON 2016, Teknion’s ‘zones’ collection by pearsonlloyd has been expanded with new designs presented at NeoCon 2017 in Chicago. The comprehensive furniture series, which comprises of enclosures, screens, tables, seating, lighting, storage and accessories, enhances the flow, comfort and productivity of workplaces. The latest additions further fine tunes the designs and the layout opportunities possible.
The latest products from Michigan companies are impressing judges at the NeoCon office furniture trade show, which opened Monday, June 12, and runs through Wednesday at Chicago's Merchandise Mart.
A convergence of the real and the virtual, the haptic and the emotional, Encryption explores the increasingly blurred line between people and technology. The emerging aesthetic is both timeless and unmistakably modern—balancing maximalism and minimalism, and forming the foundation for commercial environments where technology enhances the form and function of our lives.
When Microsoft launched its Surface Hub product line a few years ago, companies were interested in the technology but had questions about how to integrate the bigger devices into their workspace.
The winners of the 2017 Best of NeoCon Competition were announced on Monday, June 12, during an awards breakfast hosted by Contract at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago.
Ninety-six awards were distributed in this year’s competition of contract furnishing products, including 10 Innovation Awards and a Best of Competition Award.