Top 5 Trends at NeoCon 2018

Herman Miller Lounge Set

As NeoCon 2018 winds down, those who were unable to attend might wonder to themselves, “What’s the next big thing?” We traversed across the many showrooms and spotted what looks to be like the hot trends that you can pull into your design projects.

Vibrant Colors

While color has been a welcome addition to office design in recent trends, we noticed brighter, almost fluorescent hues in play. Mustard yellows, peachy oranges, and playful shades of pink abounded this year in everything from lounge furniture to divider panels.

Herman Miller Stool
Herman Miller Stool

Natural Features

Moss feature wall
Moss feature wall at Buzzispace

Last year we saw a move from traditional office style to bringing in home elements to create a more comfortable workplace. This year we see this extended further by bringing the outdoors inside of the office. Everywhere you turned, moss was heavily featured not only as a means to incorporate green space, but as an acoustical dampener. Nature was even an inspiration to some new furniture designs. ICF partners Busk + Hertzog’s Flow is reminiscent of a Zen sand garden, while NAU’s Bower collection is directly based on the nest of its namesake, the bower bird.

Busk + Hertzog Flow
Flow Sofa by Busk + Hertzog

Plush Fabrics

Arcadia Uptown Social Lounge Sectional
Arcadia Uptown Social Velvet Lounge Sectional

Plush textured fabrics made a strong return this year with mohair, faux fur, quilted fabrics, and velvet. Any direction you turned in, showrooms featured a plethora of butter-soft velvet lounge furniture. CF Stinson premiered its new Elementary Collection featuring a colorful, quilted fabric. Even Haworth had a teal quilted fabric acoustic feature wall on display.

Tangram in Sunflower CF Stinson Elementary Collection
Tangram Fabric in Sunflower, CF Stinson’s Elementary Collection
Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair
Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair in Velvet

Backpainted Glass

Steelcase Backpainted Glass Samples
Steelcase Backpainted Glass Samples

With the hard lean into live edge, natural wood finishes and luxurious fabrics it was a surprise to see slick backpainted glass surfaces. Steelcase displayed a gorgeous frosted, tempered glass conference table with a backpainted pattern in addition to several vibrant backpainted glass samples. Tuohy’s backpainted glass conference table the Duende won this year’s Silver Conference Room Furniture Award, showing that a more contemporary design element might be something we see more of down the line.

Tuohy Duende Conference Table
Tuohy Duende Conference Table
Steelcase Backpainted Glass Table
Steelcase Backpainted Glass Table

Sound Proofing

ecoustic Sculpt Ceiling Tiles by Unika Vaev
ecoustic Sculpt Ceiling Tiles by Unika Vaev

Silence is golden in the office and even more so this year. As open office designs continue to dominate, there seems to be a consensus for privacy solutions. Best of NeoCon Gold Award winner ecoustic Sculpt Ceiling Tiles by Unika Vaev and Silver Award winner Room One are dual examples of alternatives to a noisy office. Environmentally sound acoustic tiles, including moss, quell the crush of a humming office while pods create vacuum tight quiet zones perfect for conference calls and impromptu meetings.

Room One Sound Proofed Booth
Sound Proofed Booth Workspace

What were your favorite features at NeoCon 2018?