NeoCon, the most important contract furniture event of the year, is always an overwhelming experience – from long elevator lines and getting lost on the show floor to the overload of texture, color, and inspiration! Below are our Top 5 Highlights from NeoCon 2018:
- 2018 BEST LARGE BOOTH DESIGN
One of our top highlights from NeoCon 2018 had to be our show space. Interior Designer Suzanne Fawley created a space that could be remembered, an experience – a place where conversations take place. Before the show we were ecstatic to hear that Stance Healthcare had won the award for Best Large Booth Design from the IIDA and Contract Magazine. If you didn’t have a chance to see the space, you can visit it on Instagram, or view the 360 pictures on Facebook.
- HiP AWARD HONOREE
Interior Design’s HiP Award recognizes innovative products at NeoCon. And although we didn’t win, one of the highlights from NeoCon 2018 was when our Carson Sleeper won “honoree” status in the health & wellness furniture category. This sleeper has a small footprint and can be specified according to the space available.
- PRODUCTS CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT
Our manufacturer reps spent a lot of time perusing our space with clients and providing us with feedback on products currently in development. Below were some of their favorites:
Attessa Curved – This modular lounge seating has a curved back and seat, providing a softer look to suit a wide range of spaces. Its modular components are built to serve high-traffic, public areas.
Attessa “Pod” – This product was developed as we begin to see more application for private spaces in healthcare. This is the same product as our current Attessa, but with the added height of privacy panels.
Carina Lounge – Another option in lounge seating, this collection has sleek geometric lines creating a more contemporary look. Bold, yet sophisticated.
- INDUSTRY FRIENDS
Of course, a list of highlights from NeoCon 2018 wouldn’t be complete without seeing old friends and meeting some new ones. As always, we enjoyed a visit with our fabric suppliers who gave us the inside scoop on what’s new in textiles. A virtual reality session from Kisp made me think more about where this industry is going concerning technology. The only bit of swag we were able to pick up came from a visit to Project Matrix where we received a wine tumbler (not that I’m complaining). Lastly, thank you to our good friends from My Resource Library who were decked out in green and stopped by for a visit.
- FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT
Work hard, play hard…right? We started off the show on Sunday evening with a tame dinner but finished with good times at Howl at the Moon. The three days that followed were mostly spent in the booth during the day but eating some classic Chicago food in the evening – deep dish pizza anyone?!
Those are the highlights from NeoCon 2018 – see you next year!