NeoCon 2016 Highlights

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:

View from theMART.

View from theMART.

Contract Publisher John Rouse Recognized at DIFFA/Chicago Gala

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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.

Inspirations Awards

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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

3form's showroom, designed by Standard Issue Design.

3form’s showroom, designed by Standard Issue Design, won in the Showrooms Less Than 4,000 Square Feet category.

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

Best of Competition winners: TKTK of Teknion, TKTK PearsonLloyd, with Editor in Chief John Czarnecki. Photo by Chuck Janda.

Best of Competition winners (L-R): Steve Verbeek, director of design and innovation at Teknion, with designers Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd of PearsonLloyd, and Editor in Chief John Czarnecki. Photo by Chuck Janda.

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.

A very residential vibe in the Herman Miller showroom.

A very residential vibe in the Herman Miller showroom.

 

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The Modern Family collection from Bernhardt Design is soft and inviting.

 

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Knoll debuted an extensive collection of workplace furnishings designed by Rockwell Group.

 

The Assembli Collection, designed by Primo Orpilla, a 2011 Contract Designer of the Year, is a seating system that provides visual and acoustical privacy.

The Assembli Collection, designed by Primo Orpilla, a 2011 Contract Designer of the Year, is a seating system that provides visual and acoustical privacy.

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