Since 1969, NeoCon has served as the world’s most robust event of the year for the commercial design industry. Here are the six main trends we saw at this year’s show!
Getting back to the basics. The addition of raw materials in a beautifully finished piece is a classic dichotomy that has made its way back into the spotlight. The natural textures and imperfections that exist in a raw element give furniture a unique aesthetic. This look is simple, yet refined and extremely versatile.
With Greenery as the Pantone color of 2017, it’s no surprise that other fun colors have emerged as this year’s biggest textile trend and pastels have certainly made an entrance. The Mart was full of blush, mint and baby blue furniture paired perfectly with another huge trend of 2017, metallic finishes!
The metallic trend is out in full force. Bronze, gold, rose gold and copper finishes are the newest craze and they are everywhere! Depending on how and where metallics are used, this trend can add a sophisticated, fun, or retro vibe to any environment.
The migration to a more residential aesthetic in the workplace is nothing new. However, at NeoCon this year, more and more manufacturers showed that they’re responding to the trend and the breadth of products now available has growing exponentially. No need to specify furniture meant only for the home any longer, there’s now thousands of products out there with the anti-corporate look, but still maintain commercial quality.
As companies continue to opt for open floor plans, the need for quiet spaces has become glaring. Innovators like west elm WORKSPACE, Buzzispace and Framery have creatively designed products that allow employees to make a private phone call or escape for a minute of reprieve without having to making any permanent alterations to their space.
Collaboration continues to be extremely important to many leading companies, universities and medical pioneers. As the ability to seamlessly integrate technology into any space increases, the need for collaborative furniture that can accommodate a new way of working increases as well. From lounge areas to conference rooms, collaboration is a key word of 2017 and we don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon.