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