NeoCon 2017

EXPLORING NEOCON 2017: PUTTING THE ‘X’ IN THE ‘UX’ OF WORKPLACE DESIGN

EXPLORING NEOCON 2017: PUTTING THE ‘X’ IN THE ‘UX’ OF WORKPLACE DESIGN

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.

As Seen at NeoCon: Workplace Design Trends

As Seen at NeoCon: Workplace Design Trends

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:

Bringing Home to Work: ‘Resimercial’ office products dominate at NeoCon

Bringing Home to Work: ‘Resimercial’ office products dominate at NeoCon

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.

NeoCon Top 10: Privacy and Acoustics Triumphantly Return to the Workplace

NeoCon Top 10: Privacy and Acoustics Triumphantly Return to the Workplace

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.

Six Noteworthy NeoCon Finds for Office Spaces

Six Noteworthy NeoCon Finds for Office Spaces

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.

Modern Finds at NeoCon 2017

Modern Finds at NeoCon 2017

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: The annual design expo that showcases the innovation, creativity, and reimagination of how we will live and work.

NeoCon 2017: The annual design expo that showcases the innovation, creativity, and reimagination of how we will live and work.

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?

Steelcase and Microsoft Showcase Technology-Enabled Spaces Designed to Boost Creative Work at NeoCon 2017

Steelcase and Microsoft Showcase Technology-Enabled Spaces Designed to Boost Creative Work at NeoCon 2017

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. 

Do You Sit Too Much? Herman Miller’s New Office Furniture Nudges You To Get Up

Do You Sit Too Much? Herman Miller’s New Office Furniture Nudges You To Get Up

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.

Pearsonlloyd Expands Teknion Zones Furniture Series at NeoCon 2017

Pearsonlloyd Expands Teknion Zones Furniture Series at NeoCon 2017

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.

REDEFINING THE ROLE OF FLOORING IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AT NEOCON 2017

REDEFINING THE ROLE OF FLOORING IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AT NEOCON 2017

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.