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

NeoCon 2023 Trends: Lighting the Way to a Better Workspace

NeoCon Trends 2023 Stylex Seating Luna Lounge Seating

NeoCon has been setting the tone for commercial office furniture trends since 1990, and lighting the way for revolutionary designs of the commercial industry as a whole. Every year, NeoCon hosts more than 40,000 attendees and 400 companies to exhibit their latest furniture solutions, as well as keynotes, special events, and workshops for entrepreneurs and design professionals to connect and educate each other.  And this year is no exception.  With the best and brightest minds brought together, what are the NeoCon 2023 trends that we saw last month in June?

One thing’s for certain: the pandemic has heavily impacted the way we see the workplace, and the design industry has been significantly changed.

Trend 1: Sustainability

Sustainability is a rising concern in production. Consumers are increasingly aware of where their products come from, and it’s become one of the main factors they consider when buying furniture. This makes “green” furniture attractive to manufacturers from an ideological perspective. But not only that – sustainable furniture reduces carbon footprint, lengthens the lifespan of the product, and creates a circular economy that utilizes recycling and repurposing.

NeoCon Trends 2023 Via Seating Vooom Chair
Photo: Via Seating Vooom Chair

Via Seating’s Vooom chair won the Sustainability Award with their sustainable seating solution. Vooom has a distinctive wing arm design and is made up of 60% recycled PET bottles in its chair shell and is 100% recyclable.

Trend 2: Wellness

Wellness goes hand-in-hand with sustainability. The world today is fast-paced and full of uncertainties, leaving many stressed and stretched thin. As a result, designers are now leaning into the human aspect of care to facilitate relaxation and gain balance.  More and more, furniture these days are made with the environment and the people who use them in mind. No longer are workers expected to act like drones; designers are responding to changing needs in workspaces for people by using natural materials to enhance wellbeing. Materials like wood and soft, soothing colors create a sense of warmth and comfort and ties into other trends like sustainability and biophilia.

NeoCon Trends 2023 Darran Dove Lounge Seating
Photo: DARRAN Dove Guest, Lounge & Rocking Chairs

DARRAN’s Dove guest, lounge and rocking chair series is welcoming with its molded PET shell that is custom made to fit the perfect ergonomic shape for seating. It combines natural and recycled materials for extra stability and comfort.

Trend 3: Technology

Technology has come a long way from computers and copy machines when it comes to the office. The influence of technology on furniture design has become increasingly prevalent especially in the past few years, when we were forced to rely on it and find new ways to integrate it to our work culture during the pandemic. During NeoCon 2023, smart furniture is seeing a rise. Smart furniture has made its way into the workforce in the form of furniture being equipped with technology to adjust height, collect data on comfort preferences and more, to create an interactive space. Media tables are also frequently used as a flexible area, as an easy way to gather groups for quick online meetings and break apart for individual work. Technology has become a crucial solution to issues like ergonomic optimization, hybrid workspaces and productivity. It’s an irrefutable game-changer that is here to stay.

NeoCon Trends 2023 Via Seating 4-UP Chair
Photo: Via Seating Ergonomic 4-UP Chair

Via Seating’s 4-UP chair is an excellent example of technology at work with its focus on providing incredible ergonomics and comfort. The upholstered backs have adjustable lumbar standards and advanced control mechanisms that use single rotation adjustments for back and body options.

Trend 4: Flexibility

As the next generation heads into the workforce, productivity changes appearance. Nowadays, workplaces are willing to be more flexible, capable of working with their employees to find a space they can concentrate in. This was a trend this year in NeoCon 2023 because it allows for employees to have more adaptability and personalization in their workspaces, and are easily reconfigured to accommodate different needs. Flexible furniture consists of modular furniture, adjustable desks, collaborative seating and more. Optimization and fluidity is the objective of flexible furniture.

NeoCon Trends 2023 Senator CoLab Worspaces
Photo: Senator CoLab Modular Workspace Series

Senator’s modular furniture series, CoLab, is the personification of flexibility. It was created to accommodate changing approaches to work, so whether you need to sit, stand, or perch – feel free to pick the posture you need to inject fresh energy.

Neocon 2023 Trends Deliver For the Future

As always, NeoCon never disappoints. With the latest trends pointing towards a more health-oriented workplace, it is guaranteed that the future of the commercial industry is looking bright.

What are some trends you would like to see?

Interested in More NeoCon 2023 Trends?

Interested in learning more?  Stay tuned for our upcoming article on our NeoCon 2023 trends favorites, and winners of the coveted awards won each year.

With a combined 50 years of experience, 2010 Office Furniture is always at the forefront of the latest trends in office furniture and equipment.  If you need help and guidance on planning and furnishing your office space, we can help!  2010 Office Furniture has worked with clients who are among Southern Californias most distinguished corporations, nonprofits, and small businesses.  Contact us with your office furniture planning and design needs.

Read Also: NeoCon 2022 Trends: The Future of Office Furniture
Main Photo: Stylex Seating Luna Lounge Seating
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: DARRAN, SenatorStylex Seating and Via Seating 

Editor’s Top Picks: NeoCon 2023 Winners

NeoCon 2023 Winners Senator Enwork Koncept

As NeoCon 2023 wraps up, we’re seeing the frontlines of the future emerge with cutting edge products from over 400 companies that attended the event. As the single most significant show in the commercial design industry, NeoCon attracted over 50,000 attendees over the course of three days, and named this year’s Best of NeoCon 2023 winners from more than 54 product categories.

NeoCon 2023 Winners

There are 6 available awards: the Gold Award, Silver Award, Innovation Award, Sustainability Award, Best of Competition Award and the new Business Impact Award. Each entry can be given one Gold Award and one Silver Award, defined by the top winner and second-highest performer of its category. The Innovation Award is given to products that offer a fresh solution through either the introduction of new goods or an improvement of an existing product while the Sustainability Award ensures the product has an environmentally-friendly manufacturing process. The Business Impact Award was just introduced this year to recognize impressive solutions that contribute to business productivity.

Every year NeoCon sets higher and higher standards. Every year there are an exceptional few who meet them.

So what are the latest outstanding designs in the world of furniture?  Here our our favorites!

Cayman by Enwork

GOLD WINNER / FURNITURE SYSTEMS – Enwork earns the Gold Award for the furniture systems category with their Cayman case-goods collection that redefines conference and private office landscapes. Cayman offers top-of-the-line aesthetics with a soft touch to revolutionizing the user experience in private offices and conference settings. Most notable, Enwork brings the comforts of home to the workplace, while elevating traditional design, with Cayman’s striking and iconic cantilevered work surface – along with a height-adjustable return, storage spaces and other customizable features.

NeoCon 2023 Winners Enwork Cayman Private Office and Conference Casegoods
Photo: Enwork Cayman Private Office and Conference Casegoods Collection

CoLab by Senator

SILVER WINNER / COLLABORATION – A leading company all on its own, Senator achieves greatness once again with their latest product: CoLab Modular Workspaces. CoLab is a result of 2 years of research into global pedagogy trends. With a focus on higher education models and changing approaches to work, Senator created CoLab to be an adaptable, durable, and recyclable working and learning environment that can support every mode of work. Learning plays a crucial role in shaping who we are and by recognizing that, Senator has been awarded the Silver Award in the collaboration category.

NeoCon 2023 Winners Senator CoLab Workspace
Photo: Senator CoLab Modular Workspaces

Dove by DARRAN

SILVER & INNOVATION AWARD WINNER / LOUNGE SEATING – DARRAN won the Silver and Innovation Award in the lounge category with their Dove Lounge Seating. Dove is designed to be soft and inviting, merging natural and recycled materials for sustainable means. Its hardwood frame and recycled PET ergonomic shell creates a chair that allows people to sit for hours without discomfort. Visually distinctive, Dove sparks a connection between natural and built environments.

NeoCon 2023 Winners DARRAN Dove Lounge Seating
Photo: DARRAN Dove Lounge Seating

Luna by Stylex

GOLD WINNER / MODULAR SEATING – Stylex stole the show with their Luna Banquette Lounge Seating collection. Luna is designed for collaborative use, equipped with rounded edges and ergonomic support. It’s innovative, modern design is available in high or low back models and with optional planters. Luna pairs well with Still screens, Stylex’s acoustical privacy walls, and allows further freedom to create separate workspaces within a larger space. With a clean, streamlined look and premium luxe materials that surpass others, it’s no wonder that Stylex won the Gold Award for the modular seating category.

NeoCon 2023 Winners Stylex Luna Lounge Seating
Photo: Stylex Luna Banquette Lounge Seating

Elara by OFS

GOLD WINNER / SOFA SEATING – OFS is a longtime contestant at NeoCon. With many awards under their belt, the Elara Lounge Seating is just the latest of their achievements. Derived from the Greek word for moon, Elara’s soft curves and wide frame is crafted as the perfect solution for the workplace and healthcare environments. The frame is made of durable powder-coated steel, while the seats and back are upholstered in customizable fabric and leathers. OFS designed this product to offer comfort, durability, and easy cleanability, winning the Gold Award for the sofa category.

NeoCon 2023 Winners OFS Elara Lounge Seating
Photo: OFS Elara Lounge Seating

4-UP by Via Seating

BUSINESS IMPACT AWARD WINNER / ERGONOMIC DESK & TASK – Via Seating has one goal: to make the world greener with the 4-UP Ergonomic Task Chair series. 4-UP is designed to add ambiance and sophistication to any environment it inhabits. With its range of backs and two seat options, 4-UP embodies great design, function and comfort. It’s also made of Via Seating’s signature comfort foam: a proprietary blend of high-density, injection-molded comfort foam so durable that Via Seating swears by a 12 year warranty. This attention to detail earned Via Seating the Business Impact Award for the ergonomic desk/task category.

NeoCon 2023 Winners Via Seating 4-UP Chair
Photo: Via Seating 4-UP Ergonomic Task Chair

Ooty by Allermuir

GOLD WINNER / STOOLS SEATING – Allermuir is a veteran at NeoCon, submitting many award-winning entries over the past few years. Their latest product, Ooty, won the Gold Award for the stool category. Allermuir’s objective was to create a stool with one component to eliminate waste and prove a sustainable solution. The result was Ooty: a multi-use product that could double as a stool or side table. This piece is lightweight and stackable, allowing for the ultimate ease of movement. Ooty is a functional, versatile and fun piece to add to commercial and residential settings.

NeoCon 2023 Winners Allermuir Ooty Stools
Photo: Allermuir Ooty Stools

Yurei by KONCEPT INC.

GOLD WINNER / TASK LIGHTING – Koncept has always focused on bringing the best creative lighting solutions to the industry. The Yurei Co-Working Light can fit in with any unique decor decisions you make with its sleek and modern design. The table lamp version is multifunctional, featuring a built-in USB-C charging port and warm white light with up to 3000K light color and 60,000 hour lifespan that allows users to stay connected. Koncept’s Gold Award for task lighting category is well-deserved.

NeoCon 2023 Winners Koncept Yurei Work Lamp
Photo: Koncept Yurei Work Lamps

Susu by DARRAN

SILVER WINNER / OCCASIONAL TABLES – DARRAN Furniture has many stand-out designs and the Susu Occasional Table series is one of them with its beautiful simplicity, embodying the idea of “Beauty in Small Things.” With sleek design lines, elegant architecture, sustainable materials and beautiful finishes, Susu is sure to fit right in with the future of furniture. This table is made with pressed PET shells to create a two-tone visual, and support the table surfaces with robust metal bases for commercial use. The Susu collection incorporates an unexpected softness and hybrid texture that differentiates this collection from the rest in the occasional category, winning DARRAN the Silver Award.

NeoCon 2023 Winners DARRAN Susu Tables
Photo: DARRAN Susu Occasional Tables

Tibo by Allermuir

GOLD WINNER / OUTDOOR SEATING: Allermuir’s Tibo Bench and Table System follows the latest trend in multi-use furniture. Capable of seating people indoors and outdoors with its combined bench and table system, Tibo’s objective was to allow natural interaction and spur collaboration between people. Tibo comes in 3 sizes and is engineered around an aluminum frame for strength and lightness. Encourage creative collaboration and interaction with one of Allermuir’s latest innovation, the Gold Award Winner of the outdoor seating category.

NeoCon 2023 Winners Allermuir Tibo Bench
Photo: Allermuir Tibo Indoor/Outdoor Bench and Table System

All NeoCon 2023 Winners

For a complete list of Best of NeoCon 2023 winners, please visit the official NeoCon website here.

Interested More in NeoCon 2023?

Looking for more info or inspiration?  Explore all the latest office furniture possibilities with the specialists at 2010 Office Furniture. Our team has nearly 50 years of combined experience working with Southern California’s most distinguished corporations, universities, and small business from Los Angeles and Orange Counties to the Inland Empire.

Contact us and let us know about your potential project needs.  We can help you create the modern office that fits perfectly for you and your employees.

Read Also: NeoCon 2023 Trends: Lighting the Way to a Better Workspace
Main Photo: NeoCon 2023 Winners – Senator CoLab Workspaces, Enwork Cayman Desk & Koncept Yurei Lamps
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: AllermuirDARRAN, Enwork, Koncept, OFSSenatorStylex Seating and Via Seating 

NeoCon 2023 Countdown Begins!

NeoCon 2023 OFS Zero Chairs

NeoCon 2023 is fast approaching, and with it the chance to see the latest innovation in furniture.

NeoCon is the most important event of the year for the commercial design industry since 1969. It takes place at the famous Merchandise Mart, also known as “The Mart,” in Chicago and is only open to trade professionals. They divide their entries into categories, ranging from Furniture, Fabrics, Flooring, Interior Building Products, Interior Finishes and Technology to markets such as Workplace, Healthcare, Hospitality, Retail, Education, Public Space and Government. NeoCon is an event of creativity and growth that allows professionals to see the latest the furniture world has to offer and attend educational programs to make connections, learn, and offer their insight and expertise on important topics in the industry today.

A Look Back at NeoCon 2022

Typically organized by Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., the most recent NeoCon was held in 2022. For three days, from June 13 – 15, the exhibit hall was the heart of NeoCon, where over 500 exhibitors showcased the latest products and trends in commercial design. The key themes that emerged from them were sustainable design, the increased use of technology to enhance the workplace, adaptable, flexible spaces in a post-pandemic world, and a focus on employee wellness.


Photo: OFS Heya Table

KONCEPT INC. won the Gold Award for the lighting section with their Focaccia Desk Lamp and Silver Award for the Combi Pendant Light while OFS  presented a new series of seating products that won the Sustainability award with their natural materials.


Photo: Koncept Focaccia Desk and Floor Lighting 

Scandinavian Spaces also won the Innovation award in the furniture category with their Yarn chair for its environmentally-friendly textiles and organic design.


Photo: Scandinavian Spaces Yarn Chairs

NeoCon 2022 offered a glimpse of the future where design can be used to create more productive, comfortable, and green workplaces.

Looking Forward to NeoCon 2023

This year, NeoCon is going to take place on June 12 – 14. It will feature 56 product categories that will be evaluated onsite by a diverse panel of juries that consist of renowned architects, designers, and others with a mastery in commercial, healthcare, education, and hospitality sectors. While there are typically 5 awards available, as of 2023, NeoCon is also announcing that the best entries will be granted a Business Impact Award as recognition of outstanding solutions through industry-oriented lens.

What Will NeoCon 2023 Trends Be?

What key trends can we expect to see at NeoCon 2023? Many of the post-pandemic trends are still prevalent today.


Photo: OFS Denro Table

Sustainable materials continue to be popular; consumers are now more aware than ever of their impact on the environment and are seeking green materials. Long-lasting, environmental-friendly furniture solutions is a trend that’s here to stay.


Photo: Allermuir Various Seating Collections 


Photo: OFS Roo Planters

Wellness is another trend expected to extend into 2023 and beyond because designers have finally found the balance between motivation and relaxation. The importance of wellness is also backed by studies that show how flexible office layouts lead to more productive and happy employees. Wellness-focused design include features like ergonomic furniture, natural light and fresh air, thermal comfort and biophilic design.

We can look forward to further technology integration; technology is growing increasingly advanced and is taking the workplace with them in the form of touch-screen displays, smart lighting, and integrated audio/visual systems.


Photo: Stylex Underline Seating

Bold and colorful interiors influenced by the 70s are also making a comeback—designers are all about channeling the exuberant energy and innovation from that decade to the present.

Curved furniture is another rising trend in 2023; adding a soft touch to the straight lines and clinical design of spaces. In tandem with sustainable design, color palettes with a focus on green, brown, and cream shades are popular throughout this year for its calming effect.

2010 Office Furniture Knows the Latest Trends

What are you looking forward to seeing from NeoCon 2023?  Stay tuned for upcoming updates covering the much anticipated event taking place next week.

With a combined 50 years of experience, the team at 2010 Office Furniture is committed to always being at the forefront of the latest and greatest in office furniture and equipment.  If you need help and guidance on planning and furnishing your office space, we can help!  2010 Office Furniture has worked with clients who are among Southern Californias most distinguished corporations, nonprofits, and small businesses.  Contact us with your office furniture planning and design needs.

Read Also: NeoCon 2022 Trends: The Future of Office Furniture
Main Photo: OFS Brands Zero Chairs
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Allermuir, Koncept Lighting, OFS Brands, Scandinavian Spaces and Stylex Seating