By: Kelsey Venekamp and Donna Metallic From an old-timer to the Neocon newbie, Donna and I waited in the elevator lines and walked 14,000 steps a day at Neocon so you wouldn’t have to! Check out our top five favorite trends from Neocon 2016 and sound off below on which of these trends excite you the most this year!
- Breakout areas: With open and mobile office environments moving full-steam ahead, the need for private, informal areas to break away and make a phone call or take a quiet moment alone are in high demand. From phone booths to small groupings of lounge seating tucked away behind textured partitions or glass, workers want a remote place to go when the disruptions of an open work environment become too much.Examples from Neocon: a. Steelcase – B-Free b. Arcadia – Co-Op Meeting Spaces c. Knoll – Rockwell Unscripted
- Sit-to-stand desks: Ergonomic desk systems are hardly a new trend in modern office design. Research shows that moving throughout the day increases well-being and workplace satisfaction. Different shapes and sizes, edges and height ranges; height-adjustable desks were all the rage at Neocon and show no signs of going away. Examples from Neocon: a. Haworth – Planes b. Steelcase – Ology c. Herman Miller – Renew
- Mixing materials: Mixing materials was a daring move that paid off over and over again at Neocon this year. Wood grains and marble, textiles and metals; the mix-and-match theme was seen in every application from private offices to conference rooms in nearly every showroom. These eclectic combinations were my favorite trend of Neocon and I hope that it sticks around in the years to come!Examples from Neocon: a. izzy+ – Nemo Trellis b. Davis – Elements c. Kimball – Kore
- Diagonals: Continuing off of the prism trend from 2015, sharp diagonals could be found in flooring, textiles and furniture across the board at Neocon. Contrasting the soft residential feeling that has been popular in recent years, clean lines and bold angles were a common tendency this year.Examples from Neocon: a. Mohawk – Geometry b. BuzziSpace – BuzziJungle c. Muzo – Tip Toe
- Wood finishes: The walnut movement continues! Solid wood conference room tables and laminate workstation tops, wooden furniture legs, shelves and panels; wood surfaces are hands down the latest thing in commercial design.