Retail Observer

August 2018

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AUGUST 2018 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 35 50 T H NeoCon Reaches Milestone Mark 50 T H Leading platform is an incubator and catalyst for the future of design N eoCon, held June 11–13 at The Mart in Chicago, rang in a historic 50 years as the leading platform for commercial design, serving as an incubator and catalyst for the future of the industry. This year's event further established itself as a launchpad for innovation and thought leadership. Record attendance and increased volume over the duration of the show underscored exactly how important this annual gathering is for members of the industry to come together to share, learn, and inspire one another. Breakthroughs in the fields of sustainability, materiality, integrated technology, and acoustical performance were some of the top trends seen throughout the show. An overall commitment to a softer, more comfort-based approach to workspace design was evident. The movement was further solidified by exciting announcements, including Herman Miller's acquisition of contemporary Danish furniture brand, Hay, and the Steelcase and West Elm partnership—set to provide a more expansive array of workplace furniture. A marked yet diverse focus on wellbeing in the workplace also took center stage. From privacy solutions to biophilic design, workplace solutions exhibited a people-centric approach.

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