Neocon is a yearly event in Chicago displaying a wide variety of commercial interiors show casing new and existing products. It was also celebrating its 25th year this year. This year Mandy Leeming and Kerry Deffley attended the event. Take a look at what they snapped at the show.
This year Interface reduced the size of its showroom within the Merchandise Mart but opened a large showroom across the street. The stand within the Mart was focusing on Human Nature, with it being the official launch of this global product. The small stand was well executed and displayed all products well within the space. The tactile grid display area worked really well highlighting the differences in textures and materials. The large showroom across the street was a warm and bright inviting space. A variety of products including Human Nature were on the floor. Areas were zoned for soft seating meetings along with large interactive spaces for table top presentations as well as displaying plenty of shade cards for meetings. 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6. Human Nature Collection 4.Mod Cow
There were several key trend colours coming through as this year’s Neocon. Steel grey whether it was a true grey, warmer or cooler was a dominant colour. The greys also had subtle hints of duck egg. 1. Project 2. Davis 3.Human Nature 840, Nickle 4. Sandler Seating 5. Steelcase 6.Steelcase 7.Teknion 8. Bernhardt Design
Another trend colour which was very strong this year was what we are calling ‘Sherbet’. This acid yellow was seen in upholstery fabrics, carpet and in acoustic items. This colour was also seen at Clerkenwell Design Week , however at Neocon this yellow had a slight green cast. 1. Unika Vaev 2. Teknion 3. Human Nature H830 4. Knoll 5. Davis 6.Davis 7. Geiger
The final trend colour which dominated Neocon this year was this ‘Berry’ colour. Warm and deep in colour, almost like deep wine or plum colour seemed to be the key accent for chairs. It was in fabrics and seen throughout the event. Tones of purple and blueberry type colours were also within this ‘berry’ theme but not seen as much as the deep wine colour. 1, 2 &3 Teknion 4. Davis 5.Teknion 6.Arc Com
One of the key factors we noticed with the furniture companies was the use of soft furnishings such as rugs, cushions, tactile materials like soft felt being used. Acoustics seemed to be a strong attribute that companies were trying to overcome. 1. Haworth 2. Herman Miller 3. 4. 5. Haworth 6. Arcadia 7.Knoll