Thousands of interior designers, architects, and others in the commercial interior design industry once again packed the halls and elevators of theMART in Chicago to check out the latest products and revamped showroom designs. Here are some highlights from before and during show:
Contract Publisher John Rouse Recognized at DIFFA/Chicago Gala
Rouse received the Unsung Hero Award for his commitment to the chapter, including time on its board of directors. Contract is the national media sponsor of DIFFA/Chicago’s gala.
Sponsored by Tandus Centiva, the Inspirations Awards took place on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Tandus Centiva showroom in theMART. A $5,000 grant was awarded to Staplehouse Restaurant in Atlanta, designed by square feet studio, and $1,000 grants were each awarded to Healthcare for the Homeless in Houston, designed by Page, and Teach For America in New York, designed by HOK. To learn more about the awards, click here.
Showroom and Booth Competition
Contract magazine and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) named the 2016 NeoCon Booth Design winners, which include KI, 3form, Universal Fibers, and Benjamin Moore. To view more details and photos of the booth winners, click here.
Best of NeoCon Breakfast
Before NeoCon kicked off on Monday morning, Editor in Chief John Czarnecki hosted the 27th Annual Best of NeoCon Breakfast, and was assisted in presenting the awards by Eileen McMorrow, director of the Best of NeoCon program since its inception. Ninety-four awards were distributed, including nine Innovation Awards, four Editors’ Choice Awards, and a Best of Competition Award, which went to Teknion for Zones, designed by Tom Lloyd and Luke Pearson of PearsonLloyd. To view the full list of winners, click here.
Design themes at NeoCon 2016
Both the residential and hospitality sectors continue to exert a huge influence in the design of commercial furnishings and products. Soft seating and lounge collections abound, providing employees with a comfortable spot to converse, brainstorm, and relax. But don’t get too cozy—sit-stand desks are becoming an expectation rather than a novelty, and many other products, such as lightweight, portable seating solutions, encourage active sitting.
Relief from the acoustical conundrum created by open-office environments comes in the form of creative, sound-absorbing solutions that can be wall-mounted, freestanding, and even integrated into workstation systems.
This year product companies did not shy away from color. We saw plenty of influence from Pantone’s two colors of the year in the form of pale dusty pinks and blues. It remains to be seen how this trend will translate into the real-life office environment.
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