Highlights: This Year’s Outstanding NeoCon 2024 Winners

NeoCon 2024 Winners Main Ofs Ally Table Series

The most significant event in commercial design industry has come to an end, and with it arrives the latest trailblazing NeoCon 2024 trends and solutions commercial office furniture has to offer. NeoCon 2024 forecast themes to be similar to last year’s: furniture with a focus on sustainability, collaboration, and well-being. With over 400 companies introducing new products this year, a total of 126 awards were bestowed among the NeoCon 2024 exhibitors in the Gold, Silver, Sustainability, Innovation, Business Impact, and the Best of Competition categories.  But which were the most outstanding ones? Take a look at some of our favorite NeoCon 2024 Winners!

All-Ways by Via Seating 

GOLD WINNER / STACKING — Via Seating has received the Gold Award for the stacking category with the All-Ways Stacking Nester, their revolutionary seating solution. Designed by Angelo Pinaffo, All-Ways is an ingenious product worthy of its accolade because of their limitless functionality. Whether you need it to stack, nest, roll, or fold, All-Ways surpasses every demand for thoughtful space utilization. This chair can stack up to 20 high and is available in sophisticated black or chrome frames.

NeoCon 2024 Winners Via Seating All-Ways Stacking Chair
Photo: Via Seating All-Ways Stacking Chair

Ally by OFS

SILVER WINNER / CASE GOODS — A leading company in workplace, healthcare, education and hospitality furniture, OFS stuns once again with their new private office collection, Ally. Ally was conceived as an idea to foster collaboration and meaningful conversations in spaces typically defined as hierarchy and separation. They focus on meeting the needs of the individual with their wide range of lounge seating, workstations, storage solutions and more. With this year’s emphasis on collaborative spaces, it’s no wonder that OFS shines among NeoCon 2024 winners, garnering the Silver Award in the case goods category.

NeoCon 2024 Winners OFS Ally Table Series
Photo: OFS Ally Table Series

Håg Tion by 9to5 Seating

SUSTAINABILITY WINNER / CONFERENCE SEATING — 9to5 Seating brought home the Sustainability Award in the conference seating category with their groundbreaking Håg Tion Chair. The Håg Tion Chair is an environmentally conscious seating solution: it is built with 75% recycled and renewable materials and Greenguard Gold Certified, meaning that it has low chemical emissions and contribute to healthier indoor air. Combined with their unique HÅG inBalance® movement mechanism and smart design, this seating solution is a culmination of aesthetics, comfort and wellness.

NeoCon 2024 Winners 9to5 Seating Håg Tion Chair
Photo: 9to5 Seating Håg Tion Chair

Liaison by DARRAN Furniture

SILVER WINNER / COLLABORATION — DARRAN Furniture won the Silver Award in the collaboration category with their new Liaison Seating. Liaison stand out among other candidates for the collaboration category because of their concentration on comfort and approachability through connection. They recognize that we need special solutions in response to the eclectic changes in our workforce. Liaison appeals to the user’s needs rather than the environment’s specification with this collection’s soft curves, pebble-like form, and elevated materials such as high-density foam padding, pressure activated casters, and 360 degree movement.  This is definitely one of our favorite NeoCon 2024 winners.

NeoCon 2024 Winners DARRAN Liaison Chairs
Photo: DARRAN Liaison Chairs

Ambi by Stylex 

BUSINESS IMPACT WINNER / COLLABORATION — Once again, Stylex makes its mark in furniture history with the Ambi modular system. Renowned for their contemporary designs and impressive furniture technology, Ambi is another exceptional product in Stylex’s lineup that features soft privacy panels and integrated technology capable of enabling virtual calls, presentations and more. Ambi goes above and beyond in terms of multi functionality and flexibility; they can be configured as single-occupant pods or booths for team collaborations.

NeoCon 2024 Winners Stylex Ambi Media Lounge
Photo: Stylex Ambi Media Lounge

Collaborative Spaces by Global Furniture Group

SUSTAINABILITY WINNER / COLLABORATION — Global Furniture Group answers the call for connective spaces while balancing their impressive sustainability initiative with their Collaborative Spaces collection. This collection allows workers to create a space for the way they want to work while following a closed-loop manufacturing approach that diverts all their waste from landfills. Collaborative Spaces encourages teamwork through adaptable configurations with their wide range of mobile team carts, work tables, and accessories.


Photo: Global Furniture Group Collaborative Spaces

Combi by Koncept

SILVER WINNER / TASK LIGHTING — Among this year’s standout NeoCon 2024 winners, Koncept has won the Silver Award with their impressive Combi Table Lamp. Combi features a simplistic silhouette with a multifunctional design. It is a stylish lamp with a touch dimmer to adjust brightness and a high power USB-C port charger and wireless charger for a hassle-free charging experience. The sleek figure and clutter-free setup makes Combi suitable for workspaces, reading areas, and bedside tables.

NeoCon 2024 Winners Koncept Combi Lamp
Photo: Koncept Combi Lamp

Tributaire Collection by KI Studios

SILVER WINNER / CONFERENCE ROOM FURNITURE — KI Studios won the Silver Award with their versatile Tributaire Collection. Tributaire encapsulates innovative adaptability with their wide range of training tables, cafe tables, conference tables and more. Many pieces have a height adjustability option and space-saving nest capabilities. There’s a table for everyone with the elegant Tributaire Collection. 

NeoCon 2024 Winners KI Studios Tributaire Collection
Photo: KI Studios Tributaire Collection

Contour by Senator Group

SILVER WINNER / EDUCATION SOLUTIONS — Senator Group unveils a thoughtful contemporary product with the Contour chair collection. Contour was made to embody 5 core principles: comfort, simplicity, flexibility, sustainability, and form. It is a lightweight, flexible work and meeting chair with a 100% recyclable removable covers and 100% recycled polypropylene backrest capable of providing ergonomic support for an extensive demographic. Designed for adaptability, Contour is a standout among NeoCon 2024 winners, fitting into any setting, whether it be healthcare, education, or corporate.

NeoCon 2024 Winners Senator Group Contour Chairs
Photo: Senator Group Contour Chairs

Bevva by Dauphin HumanDesign Group

SILVER WINNER / BENCHES — Dauphin HumanDesign Group rightfully won the Silver Award with the Bevva benches because it rings in a new era of corporate products. Bevva departs from the typical office furniture and instead aims to clearly distinguish different settings in the workplace while encouraging social contact and collaboration. The high-end chiseled form and clean edges make a modern aesthetic while the rounded foot maximizes leg room for a comfortable seating experience.

NeoCon 2024 Winners Dauphin Bevva Bench
Photo: Dauphin Bevva Bench

NeoCon 2024 Winners in Review

NeoCon 2024 dates from June 10-12, unveiling the newest innovative solutions from the commercial design industry. This year’s theme is “Design Takes Shape”: an apt description of how the future of the office is increasingly defined by the winners to display sustainability, community, and inclusiveness. With this all-star lineup, the future of furniture is looking very bright.

NeoCon 2024 Dates

NeoCon 2024 Registration: April 3
NeoCon 2024 Dates for Convention: June 10-12

Read Also: Editor’s Top Picks: NeoCon 2023 Winners
Main Photo: OFS Ally Table Series
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: 9to5 SeatingDARRAN, Dauphin, Global Furniture Group, KI Studios, Koncept, OFS, Senator Group, Stylex, Via Seating

NeoCon 2024 Trends: Innovation, Inclusion & Whimsy

NeoCon 2024 Trends Main Stylex Free Address Open Plan Collection

NeoCon is the place where trends are born. NeoCon 2024 dates from June 10-12, where an estimated 50,000 attendees and over 400 companies meet at THE MART to learn and showcase what the latest innovations in office design are through exhibitions, presentations, and workshops.  So what are the NeoCon 2024 trends?

Last year, NeoCon 2023 introduced themes of human-centric design, sustainable practices, and inclusive reconfiguration. These themes were similar those of NeoCon 2022 as part of the chain reaction that quarantine has had on the design industry. Will this year’s trends fall in the same vein as the past two years?

The results are in, and the answer is yes.

But that doesn’t mean that NeoCon 2024 trends don’t stand out on their own. This summer the convention was a vibrant display of innovation, inclusiveness, and whimsy. 

NeoCon ’24 Trend 1: Sustainability

Sustainability takes center stage once again in NeoCon 2024. In 2023, eco-friendly materials became important because consumers began to factor in the source of their products when buying furniture. Not only that, but it also reduces carbon footprint and lengthens the lifespan of the product. This year, designers are taking sustainability to the next level. Keeping the mentioned benefits in mind, many vendors also highlighted new sustainability initiatives and broadened their non-consumptive options with increased wood/veneer use. 

For instance, NeoCon 2024 winner Global Furniture Group’s Collaborative Spaces utilizes PET felt as modesty panels and chair covers and aluminum framework for its tables, shelves and desks. All of it is durable and 100% recyclable, made with sustainability in mind.

NeoCon 2024 Trends Global Furniture Group Collaborative Learning Spaces
Photo: Global Furniture Group Collaborative Learning Spaces

NeoCon ’24 Trend 2: Community

Humans are social creatures and our surroundings reflect that. Collaboration is not a new trend; since the pandemic, the office design industry has been reacting to its effects on human interaction. People crave to be near each other after being separated for so long, and that sentiment is being expanded even today. But we’re not lingering on the open plan office anymore. With a renewed appreciation for the community, designers are trying to create spaces that can foster  connection and camaraderie while accommodating other environments.

NeoCon 2024 exhibitors KI and Stylex introduced new products that fit that category this year: the Sonrisa lounge furniture and the Ambi modular lounge. Sonrisa’s design aims to strike the perfect balance between the individual experience and community interaction. It’s flexible, capable of adapting to the ever-changing dynamics of modern needs. The Ambi modular lounge won the Business Impact Award because of how ingeniously crafted it is, being made for both in-person and virtual collaboration. It has multiple configurations, making it easy to provide privacy or to create a space for group work. 

NeoCon 2024 Trends KI Studios Sonrisa Seating
Photo: KI Studios Sonrisa Seating

 NeoCon 2024 Trends Stylex Ambi Media Lounge
Photo: Stylex Ambi Media Lounge

NeoCon ’24 Trend 3: Wellbeing

After over a century of the design industry’s existence, one thing is clear: there is no universal solution to a workplace. Everyone reacts differently to their environment and if we want to optimize efficiency and productivity, it is time to start catering to human-centric designs. That’s where wellbeing comes in.

Wellbeing is a theme we have been seeing since 2022. Its echoes and ripples are still felt today.  With that in mind, NeoCon 2024 forecast that it would continue to be an important factor in office design. This year it appears in the shape of inclusive workspaces. This means that when designing for an office, designers have to consider different environments for workers to find levels of privacy and concentration, connection and engagement. The goal for wellbeing is to find furniture that accommodates the employees, and not the other way around.

The OFS Ally Private Office revolutionizes traditional configurations by creating a space that can offer the needed seclusion of a private office while also providing a space for workers to connect. Senator Group’s CellPod is another innovative product that comes in various shapes that can be used as casual meeting spaces, semi-private booths, or individual seating for concentration.

NeoCon 2024 Trends OFS Ally Private Office
Photo: OFS Ally Private Office

NeoCon ’24 Trend 4: Joyful Colors & Textures

The color trends at NeoCon 2024 reflected the focus on community connection, neurodiversity, and well-being. There were no particular color schemes; every color was free game as long as it elicited emotions such as happiness or calm, depending on where it was used. Color often went hand-in-hand with textures to subconsciously stimulate positive feelings and energize workers.

As the winner of the Best of Competition award, Momentum’s collaboration with Yinka Ilori showcased this combination best. Vibrant patterns and masterful use of color inspire a sense of community and playfulness. Stylex Creative Director Carole Baijings also created a new color palette full of bold contrasts and unexpected pairings, influenced by European aesthetics.

NeoCon 2024 Trends Yinka Lori for Momentum Textiles and Carole Beijing's Stylex Color Palette
Photo: Yinka Lori for Momentum Textiles and Carole Baijings Stylex Color Palette

Looking Toward The Future

And that wraps up the NeoCon 2024 review. The future of office design continues to gravitate towards human-centric values, focusing on those who inhabit the workplace instead of the environment itself.

What are your favorite trends from NeoCon 2024?

NeoCon 2024 Dates

NeoCon 2024 Registration: April 3
NeoCon 2024 Dates for Convention: June 10-12

Read Also: NeoCon 2023 Trends: Lighting the Way to a Better Workspace
Main Photo: Stylex Free Address Open Plan Office
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Global Furniture Group, KI Studios, OFS, Senator Group, Stylex

NeoCon 2024: A First Sneak-Peak

Neocon 2024 Rouillard Eva Courbe Sofa

Summer is fast approaching and with it comes NeoCon 2024.

Every year in June, Chicago’s Merchandise Mart (THE MART) hosts NeoCon—an event for all furniture and interior design enthusiasts to interact and see the latest innovations in residential, hospitality, health-care, education, and workplace spaces. The exhibitions are divided into ten categories: best of competition, acoustics and privacy, flooring, furniture, healthcare, interior products and solutions, lighting, outdoor, technology, and textiles. Prestigious awards such as the Best of NeoCon, Interior Design’s HiP, MetropolisLikes, and IIDA Showroom & Booth Design are handed out at the end of the convention.

Blast From the Past

Optimism and collaboration were encapsulated in last year’s theme: “Together We Design.”

NeoCon 2023 focused on human wellbeing in the office. Exhibiters presented furniture that would not only make people comfortable working in public spaces again, but also answered environmental and behavioral desires and needs.  These came in the form of private offices, pods, shared workspaces and more. Human well-being was the benchmark companies judged themselves by, and they rose to the occasion. Design trends featured more amped-up, playful colors and rounded/organic shapes to boost that feeling of comfort and dynamic elements. 

Notable Winners Of Neocon 2023

Senator Group won Gold and Silver awards with their CoLab collection for the furniture category because of their versatility and adaptability in collaborative environments.


Photo: Senator Group CoLab Beam Bench and Perch Seating

Enwork’s private office system, Cayman, won the Gold award and Interior Design Magazine HiP Honoree Seal for how user-friendly it is; capable of supporting emerging work styles and user preferences.


Photo: Enwork Cayman Private Office Desk Collection

DARRAN Furniture received the Innovation award with the Dove Lounge for combining sustainability with great design.


Photo: DARRAN Dove Lounge Seating

NeoCon 2024 Provides Glimpse of the Future

NeoCon 2024 is shaping up to be just as memorable and exciting as its previous years.

This year’s theme is “Design Takes Shape.” Many regulars such as Allermuir, Snowsound, Global Furniture Group, Stylex, Koncept Lighting and more will be returning with the latest trends in commercial interior design. 

With the new year comes new opportunities: NeoCon has announced that 18 new showrooms, expansions and renovations will be debuting on June 10. Some of the newcomers include Silen, an Estonian furniture company making their mark with sleek modular office pods; Bulo, renown for  transforming the typical office into a bucolic, homey environment; and Fōmcore, an American-based company specializing in soft seating and whimsical designs. Other companies such as Ghent, Arcadia, Encore, and Innovant will be expanding their exhibits to showcase their products more effectively.


Photo: Arcadia Contract Conduit Meeting Table

Also new to the event is the inclusion of the Climate Positive Solutions Gallery. This space is dedicated to materials and technologies that are low-carbon and carbon-negative, with the intention of helping designers understand how to go green without compromising aesthetics, quality, and reasonable prices.

Last but not least, NeoCon cements its place as the most important event for the commercial design industry with their inspirational presentations. Keynote speakers include industry leaders such as Gensler’s Global Entertainment leader Bob Weis, multi-disciplinary artist and designer Yinka Ilori, and Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter.

This year’s lineup is stacked with exciting news, expanding exhibitions, and awe-inspiring speakers.

This year’s NeoCon takes place June 10-12.  What are you looking forward to seeing at NeoCon 2024?

Read Also: NeoCon 2023 Trends: Lighting the Way to a Better Workspace
Main Photo: Rouillard Eva Courbe Seating
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Arcadia Contract, DARRAN, Enwork, Senator Group