Top 5 Commercial Office Furniture Trends – 2018 NeoCon

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Over 50,000 attendees squeezed into Chicago’s Merchandise Mart a couple weeks ago, among a dizzying array of showrooms and overwhelming elevator lines, on the first day of NeoCon 2018 on June 11th. As the most important event of the year for commercial office furniture, NeoCon celebrated its 50th anniversary this month, maintaining its reputation as the world’s leading platform for commercial design innovation and networking. This year, the event showcased the industry’s newest and greatest in product designs and technological innovations. Over 500 leading companies were represented in areas of furniture, textiles, building materials, lighting, wall coverings, floor coverings, outdoor products, accessories and more.  Every year, we look to NeoCon for the newest wave of commercial design and technological trends as we move forward to the future. Here are this year’s NeoCon’s top commercial office furniture trends 2018.


Greenery is everywhere, especially at NeoCon 2018. Studies have shown that biophilic design, which embraces a love of life and the living world, improves productivity and happiness in the workplace. And this trend, which has sprouted in recent years, continues to gain popularity and bring the outdoors in.


Our love for rich, vibrant colors seems to have broadened, even into the brilliant radio-active and fluorescents hues. From seating and lounge furniture, to accessories, panels and acoustic media, there is definitely no fear of color in our bright future.


The shift from the traditional office workspace to resimerical in the past few years to create more comfortable, collaborative areas to work in welcomed luxuriously soft and plush materials back into the scene. From quilted fabrics and faux fur, to velvet and mohair, the work environment is definitely moving toward a softer feel, especially in lounge furniture and acoustic features.


As we continue to break down walls to create a more modern open plan for our offices, ambient sounds and noise become a top priority to tackle to promote continued productivity. More and more, we’ll be seeing exciting innovations in acoustic panel solutions and designed private spaces.


A refreshing trend against the backdrop of biophilic design, natural wood finishes and textured fabrics at NeoCon 2018 was back painted glass. Glossy and vibrant back painted glass surfaces gleamed in festive colors and patterns, especially in sleek conference table tops, hinting of a more modern or contemporary design aesthetic we may be seeing in years to come.

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