Friday, June 17, 2016

The Best of NeoCon 2016

The Best of NeoCon 2016The Mart in Chicago was a buzz this week as NeoCon 2016 was in full swing. This year, the hottest furniture and seating brands revealed amazing new products that highlight where the industry is headed. Today on the blog, we'll take a look at what went down at this years NeoCon event. Enjoy!

A Brief History:

NeoCon has become one of the most popular trade shows in the industry. This year was no exception.
Since 1969, this trend setting trade show has been the premier outlet for manufacturers to show off their new releases. In 2016, nearly 50,000 design design professionals attended to check out more than 500 leading company. To make a long story short, NeoCon is a huge deal to furniture specialists!

The Mart Chicago
Top Brands:

The big guys never fail to impress! Brands like Global Total Office, Mayline, and OFM were in full force this week. With a plethora of hot new furniture lines and ergonomic seating solutions set to hit the market in the second half of 2016,  it's clear the most respected brands are still ready, willing, and able to change the way we work.

The Vibe:

It's evident and exciting that office interiors are evolving. Key brands are thinking outside the box and working hard to craft ways to maximize floor space, improve functionality, boost comfort and simultaneously enhance visual appeal. The name of the game is versatility! Nearly every brand at NeoCon showcased how to make interiors more versatile and efficient through the use of modern ergonomic technologies.

Emerging Trends:

Gray is the hottest trend of 2016! With the success of lines like Medina and Sterling from Mayline, other brands are jumping on board with gray finish options of their own. We also saw an abundance of white at this years NeoCon event. OFM Marque reception desks were of particular note. Their long time favorite guest reception stations look absolutely fantastic in the new designer white finish option. Additionally, it was easy to see that more powered office furniture solutions are on the way. The desire to streamline meetings, save time, and boost performance is at an all time high. Top brands are powering up reception areas, waiting rooms, training environments, and even private interiors.

NeoCon Guest Speakers and Seminars 2016Seminars:

In addition to launching new products and highlighting emerging design trends, NeoCon played host to more than 100 informative seminars. Guests looking to boost their industry related knowledge attended events at $55 each.

Keynotes:

Paul Scialla, David Rockwell, and Oana Stanescu provided the keynotes at this years events. These accredited industry professionals highlighted ways the industry is evolving and ideas for the future.

Student Programs:

Specifically intended for interior design and architecture students, we didn't learn much about these programs other than that they are an awesome opportunity for emerging professionals to get inspired! What better way to expand product knowledge than from first hand advice from leading furniture companies? The student programs are yet another way that NeoCon distinguishes itself as one of the premier trade shows of the year. If you want to learn how to design a create a professional workspace the right way, NeoCon is a must attend event.

Global Total Office Novello 2016
Wrap Up:

With NeoCon 2016 officially in the books, we're already excited for next year. That being said, there's lot's to be excited about in the short term. In particular, new office chair lines like Novello from Global Total Office are poised to be a huge hit. Our favorite furniture brands raise the bar year after year and we couldn't be more impressed. If you're tackling an office makeover project in 2016, prepare to be met with game changing furniture solutions designed to take your business to the next level.

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