Highlights from NeoCon 2017

From PDT’s hometown, Chicago, we’re happy to share with you some highlights from Neocon 2017, the world's premier platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry.


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Textural Wall Installations

Herman Miller


Cabott Wrenn


Mannington’s variety of shapes and  textures

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This year, I was struck by the unique integration of greenery in designs. Rather than plants being placed on tables as after thoughts, there were some great examples of plants integrated into designs. I noticed a peat moss wall, grass flooring and succulents embedded into designs. I'm looking forward to scouting the show again next year!


Logan Fox, PDT Marketing Coordinator

Live Plants

If you truly love nature, you’ll find beauty everywhere.

Vincent Van Gogh


West Elm Workspace

Knoll Textiles


Garden on the Wall


Handwritten Designs

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Sit on It seating with Art of Board textile

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This year at Neocon, I thought smart desks really took a step forward in encouraging us to get up and move around by including features such as smart phone connectivity and incorporating haptic feedback.


Nicole Byer, PDT User Experience Designer

Haworth's Bluescape technology enables users to communicate and create visually in a collaborative workspace anytime.


The great growling engine of change- technology.

Alvin Toffler

Aircharge // An aftermarket accessory for iphone/android requiring a pod to plug into the phone that offers wireless charging. Cool feature now – will it work with next gen devices that have real wireless charging built in?

AIS Desk Control

The Steelcase Room Wizard Booking system's functionality is needed, but it's another gadget and ui to learn. Could there be another solution?

E Ink Prism is fully programmable and boasts low power consumption.

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As I walked through the floors of Neocon this year, I noticed how spaces were divided in creative ways. Some leveraged furniture placement or accents, but I took note of the dividers. I found the way some used different materials, textures and shapes to make graphic statements while establishing spaces for inclusivity or exclusivity very interesting.


Linda Bui, PDT Design Intern



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ICF Group


Haworth Health Environments


Does anyone else see fidget spinners?

Everything doesn’t need to be talked about.

Creating Quiet Spaces

3 Form




Haworth Inc

Woven Construction

We couldn't help but wonder if the inspiration for this divider was from the designers' childhoods...

Turf's Swell

Acoustic Tiles

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My favorite product at Neocon this year was Turf's "Swell" line of acoustic ceiling tiles. Turf was able to take a commercial product and transform it into a desirable design element.


Tom O'Connor, PDT Senior Designer

Dual Wood Tones

Things are starting to come together.




The 90s are now retro cool: plaid makes a comeback.


Keep your feet on the ground, when your head’s in the clouds.

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Tandus Centiva Flex-Aire cushion




Details create the big picture.

Sanford I Weill


Group Seating

What caught

your eye?

What was your favorite find at Neocon? Who pushed the envelope? What do you want for your office space right away? Let us know.

Contributors: Gil Cavada, George Guffey, Erik Moses, Nicole Byer, Jake Vail

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