Neocon, the nation’s largest commercial interior design show, held in Chicago in June this year attracted approximately 700 furniture design exhibitors and 40,000 designers and other interested visitors.
The trends and products at the show predominantly figured sustainability, agile working, plus health and well-being- the most important issues influencing the workplace right now. Further, With LEED certification having become an important requirement for any tender in the US, it appeared that the more established furniture manufacturers seriously felt the need to make green, lean products.
The major attractions at the Neocon 2011 were Humanscale’s Trea Guest Chair, Confer, a multi-purpose chair by Senator International, locally known as Allermuir, Haven range of sofas, screens, and tables by Gabbertas, Insight seating range by Pierce and Llyod, highly eclectic and loose furnishings ranges from Magis now being distributed in the US by Herman Miller, The Fulltwist chair from Mark Goetz and the Loophole table from Jay Chapman.
The Steelcase Company Turnstone, showed Bivi consisting of a single side-frame and one size worktop. It was probably the most interesting and thought provoking product at the show. Then Okamura launched their new mesh seat and back multi-purpose stacking chair, Zart, and New York based Karim Rashid introduced the Chakra Chair which looks undeniably like a butterfly.
There were many other products and trends at the Neocon 2011. Most of them highlighted their commitment to the environment, to the comfort and well being of the workers, and to the latest new way of working. Further, the user benefits were clearly defined and understood.
To know more about the Neocon 2011, the products and trends, strategies, and more, you can visit www.jsacs.com for a complete review of the interior design show. Those looking for Orgatec 2010 review can also visit the website.