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Every June for 50 years, The Mart in Chicago has played host to NeoCon, the commercial design industry’s showcase of innovation. The WorkSpace Resource team attended NeoCon last month, getting inspiration and ideas from the showrooms presented. These included interiors for the workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, public space and government commercial spaces.  The 3-day event revolves around innovative commercial interiors, finishes & materials for a variety of different industries.

Spotting Ingenuity at NeoCon

NeoCon is more than simply a display of commercial furniture design trends. It’s an opportunity to spot the latest and best ideas that will shape the modern workplace. The products showcased are both aesthetically pleasing and practical, integrating technological advancements with unique design. Here were some of our favorite highlights from the event:


A mix of residential and commercial elements, “resi-mercial” combines the comfort of home with the functionality and professionalism of the workplace. The trend makes office spaces more comfortable and casual. Several of the manufacturers made workstations with sofas and small laptop tables instead of large desks and chairs. There were also several types of quiet spaces where you could either work or nap.

Natural Elements

Another notable trend was the presence of natural elements. Succulents, hanging pots and an emphasis on natural wood tones was prominent, adding interest and beauty. A lot of furniture, including desks, grouped seating and workstations incorporated built-in planters in the desks. This trend was especially evident in the AIS Showroom (shown below), which featured hanging walls of electric green moss, eggplant-colored accents, and crisp, modern office furniture.

NeoCon, WorkSpace Resource, Houston, Tx

Technology Integration

You can now integrate wireless charging stations into your work surface, so if you set your phone on any area of the desk, it will automatically charge. There are also several low profile and pop up USB ports for charging devices. This streamlined integration of technology makes for a more functional and aesthetically pleasing workspace.

Modern, Artful Design

Diana Burgess, WorkSpace Resource Designer, summed it up best when she said, “Seeing all the newest trends and where the market is headed is really valuable to us as a business because it allows us to make sure our customer’s offices will be up to date for years to come.”

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