NeoCon 2017 Winners

ACOUSTIC PANELS & SOLUTIONS

Gold: BuzziSpace: Buzzipleat
Silver: Snowsound USA: Snowsound Diesis

ARCHITECTURAL & DECORATIVE GLASS

Gold: Skyline Design: Transcend™ by Suzanne Tick

ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS

Gold: Teknion: Altos Landscape
Silver: Carvart: CARVART by Soema

CARPET FIBER

Gold: Aquafil USA: ECONYL® Pure
Silver: Bolyu: ContinuousColor

CARPET: BROADLOOM

Gold: Tarkett North America: Apace
Silver: Bentley Mills: The Outskirts Collection
Editors’ Choice: Bentley Mills: Night Vision

CARPET: MODULAR

Gold: Mohawk Group: Lichen
Silver: Shaw Contract: Emergence
Innovation: Bolyu: Collaborative Collection

CASE GOODS

Gold: Tuohy Furniture Corporation: Andavi
Silver: Nienkamper: Cern Collection

CONFERENCE ROOM FURNITURE

Best of Competition: HALCON: Halo
Gold: HALCON: Halo
Silver: Decca / Elan: Gait

EDUCATION SOLUTIONS

Gold: KI: Ruckus Collection
Silver: Steelcase Education: Verb® Active Media Table

FILES & MOBILE STORAGE SYSTEMS

Gold: Knoll: Anchor Raised Storage
Silver: Watson Furniture: Sidecar

FLOORING: HARD-SURFACE

Gold: Mohawk Group: Lineate
Silver: Patcraft: Subtractive Layers

FURNITURE COLLECTIONS FOR COLLABORATION

Gold: Herman Miller: Prospect
Silver: OFS Brands: Heya
Innovation: Davis Furniture: Q6

FURNITURE SYSTEMS

Gold: West Elm Workspace with Inscape: Conduit by Gensler
Silver: Teknion: Expansion City Line

FURNITURE: BENCHING

Gold: Inscape: Arrivals Bench
Silver: West Elm Workspace with Inscape: Conduit by Gensler

HEALTHCARE FABRICS & TEXTILES

Gold: Designtex: Biophilia Collection
Silver: Mayer Fabrics: Renewal Collection
Innovation: Via Seating: Genie Copper Mesh

HEALTHCARE FLOORING

Silver: Tarkett: Ensemble Healthcare Collection

HEALTHCARE GUEST/LOUNGE SEATING

Gold: Steelcase Health: Surround
Silver: Integra Seating: Valayo Collection

HEALTHCARE PATIENT SEATING

Silver: OFS Brands: Hug

LIGHTING: DECORATIVE

Gold: West Elm Workspace with Inscape: Linear Wood LED Lighting
Silver: Barbican: PipeLight

LIGHTING: DESKTOP/TASK, FURNITURE-INTEGRATED

Gold: Koncept: Splitty Desk Lamp
Silver: Humanscale: Infinity

LOUNGE FURNITURE COLLECTIONS

Gold: Gunlocke: Calm Lounge Collection
Silver: Davis Furniture: Nora
Editors’ Choice: Bernhardt Design: Terry Crews Collection

OFFICE ACCESSORIES

Gold: Active Ideas: HOVR
Silver: Teknion: Zones Easels, Storage Carts, Food Trolley and Accessories

PLUMBING FIXTURES

Gold: Bradley Corporation: Verge with WashBar Technology

SEATING: BAR STOOLS

Gold: Gunlocke: Tia Barstools
Silver: Andreu World: Smart Barstool

SEATING: BENCHES

Gold: Davis Furniture Industries: Weda
Silver: Bernhardt Design: Catia

SEATING: CONFERENCE

Gold: Stylex: F4
Silver: The Senator Group: Rapt

SEATING: ERGONOMIC DESK/TASK

Gold: Geiger: Taper Chair
Silver: Interstuhl: VINTAGEis5

SEATING: GUEST

Gold: Gunlocke: Tia Guest
Silver: Calligaris: Saint Tropez
Innovation: JANUS et Cie: Katachi High Back Lounge Chair
Editors’ Choice: Gunlocke: Calia

SEATING: SOFAS & LOUNGE

Gold: Andreu World: Capri Lounge
Silver: Allermuir: Mozaik

SEATING: STACKING

Gold: Davis Furniture: Reed
Silver: Andreu World: Lake

SIGNAGE & WAYFINDING

Silver: Takeform: Applaud

SOFTWARE/APPLICATION FOR SPECIFICATIONS

Gold: Mohawk Group: Visual Interactive Studio
Silver: Snowsound USA: Snowsound Analysis Software

SPACE DIVIDERS/PARTITIONS/SCREENS

Gold: KI: Universal Height-Adjustable Screen
Silver: SiS Ergo: Aura™

SURFACING MATERIALS & FINISHES

Gold: National Wood Solutions: Compact Wood

TABLES: COMMUNAL & TASK

Gold: Andreu World: Radial High Table
Silver: Howe: MN201
Editors’ Choice: HBF: Harmoni Table by Space Copenhagen

TABLES: HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE

Gold: HALCON: Halo
Silver: Vitra: Citterio Desking System (CDS)
Innovation: Vitra: Citterio Desking System (CDS)

TABLES: OCCASIONAL

Gold: Davis Furniture: Hans
Silver: OFS Brands: Wyre

TABLES: TRAINING & WORK

Silver: HBF: Simple Writing Desk

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

Silver: SBFI North America: Arc

TECHNOLOGY-INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS

Gold: Falcon: Falcon Low Voltage Power and Lighting
Silver: Designtex: Casper Cloaking Technology
Innovation: Designtex: Casper Cloaking Technology
Innovation: Gantner Technologies: Networked Locking System

TEXTILES: UPHOLSTERY

Gold: Pallas Textiles: Loft Collection
Silver: HBF Textiles: Raw Materials Collection
Innovation: Carnegie: PRFM

WALL TREATMENTS

Gold: Skyline Design: Transcend™ by Suzanne Tick
Silver: DuChateau: Wall Coverings
Editors’ Choice: Skyline Design: Transcend™ by Suzanne Tick

WALLS: MOVABLE

Gold: Maars Living Walls: SQAPE
Silver: Maars Living Walls: Acoustical Sliding Door

WINDOW TREATMENTS

Gold: Innovations: Drapery and Sheers Collection
Silver: Carnegie: Net Works
Innovation: MechoSystems: WhisperShade® DC Electronic Drive Unit (motor)

WORKPLACE TECHNOLOGIES

Silver: SnapCab featuring Corning® Gorilla® Glass: SnapCab Pod

Resource: Contract Magazine

Top 9 Commercial Office Furniture Trends – 2017 NeoCon

NEOCON 2017 HIGHLIGHTS TOP COMMERCIAL OFFICE FURNITURE TRENDS

Every year, members of the commercial office furniture industry and enthusiasts alike count down the days to June when all of the movers and shakers of the field unveil the newest and brightest products for the upcoming year. As expected, NeoCon 2017 dazzled its attendees from June 12-14, as thousands of shining new products were showcased inside the nearly one million square feet of exhibition space of The Mart in Chicago, Illinois. Over 500 leading companies were represented, boasting this year’s design and technological innovations in furniture, textiles, building materials, lighting, wall coverings, floor coverings, outdoor products, accessories and more. Since 1969 NeoCon remains the most important event of the year for commercial design, serving as the world premier platform to show what’s next for the upcoming year. Surpassing attendance number last year, Neocon 2017 attracted over 50,000 professionals, crowding The Mart’s three floors of showroom space, halls and other exhibitor areas—cementing its reputation as one of the most attended trade shows of its kind.  Here are this year’s NeoCon’s top commercial office furniture trends for 2017.

1. REFINED QUALITY

As we continue to pursue a higher level of quality in our every day living — from the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the cars we drive — the growing trend in commercial office furniture now demands better quality in both construction and design. From the selection and use of finer materials, down to the precise details of stitching, manufacturers at NeoCon 2017 showcased products with a conscious effort to offer innovations that were more refined.

2. SHIFT TO RESIMERCIAL

The ongoing trend to achieve an anti-corporate look in the workplace was evident throughout the NeoCon 2017 showrooms. Many manufacturers onboard the resimercial shift were showing products that attempt to make commercial offices feel more like home—while still maintaining a sense of professionalism. But in contrast to what we’ve seen from its earlier years, materials have now been upgraded, soft seating better refined, colors more sophisticated, and textures more appropriate to address the workplace. In short, resimercial design is growing up and has become more intuitive.

3. TONED DOWN COLORS

The past couple of years have thrown a kaleidoscope of bright colors into the office design mix. Now, the in-your-face bold hues have somewhat retreated to make way for more muted tones to come back into the scene. NeoCon 2017 saw pastel hues like blush, mint, corral and baby blue combined with black and varying shades of gray, along with touches of earth tones. Interior designers, it seems, have taken back the helm from color enthusiasts to offer a more subdued, refined palette to commercial office design.

4. BACK-TO-BASIC MATERIALS

This year’s show reflected our continued romance with things that are organic. The use and addition of raw materials were evident in numerous showrooms, celebrating the beauty of natural colors, unique textures and organic imperfections. Wood continues to make a comeback, and its presence everywhere at NeoCon was stronger than ever. As one of the biggest players in the resimercial shift, it continues to add the warmth that has been lost in the corporate office for quite some time, and is being shown with cleaner lines in more elegant, modern shapes.

5. METALS GALORE

Fashion’s love affair with metals, especially gold, have slowly been trickling down this past year to commercial office design. Now the floodgates have opened as NeoCon 2017 sparkled with bronze, gold, rose gold and copper—adding an excitingly rich, sophisticated and even retro feel to modern office furniture.

6. ONGOING COLLABORATION

NeonCon 2017 upheld that we will be seeing more and more collaborative spaces at work. Manufacturers showcased a plethora of innovative new products to accommodate and promote new ways of sharing ideas and working together. From conference rooms to training areas to lounge spaces, collaboration is definitely key in today’s workplace.

7. QUIET SPACES

As walls come down to open up more collaborative ways of working, the need for secluded, quiet spaces also continues to emerge. Workers seeking refuge from the constant buzz of open plan offices can look forward to innovative new office furniture and spaces especially designed for those private phone calls, intimate meetings and moments of solitude.

8. USB POWER

USB is quickly becoming the office king. Its universal ease of use is making it the reigning standard for on-the-go professionals to conveniently plug in for power. Expect to see more USB chargers implemented in everything—from soft seating, to lounge areas, to lamps. If there’s a place it can be added to, you’ll be sure that someone will.

9. CONTINUED INNOVATION

While industry giants such as Herman Miller, Haworth and Steelcase continue to lead the way in commercial office design, expect to see the rise of smaller companies competing for the limelight. These last couple of years have seen underdogs wow and impress, and we can all be happy to look forward to more incredibly innovative and noteworthy products in the future of commercial office furniture design.

Interested in more? See the complete list of The Best of NeoCon 2017 Winners by Contract Magazine.