What’s Next for the
Commercial Design Industry

Neocon 2019

Insights From the Show

Commercial Design Interior Design Trend Research Material Trends Color Trends Shape Trends Neocon Chicago

NeoCon is the largest design show for commercial interiors. We covered the 51st edition of this event, to find out what’s next on the commercial design industry. NeoCon 2019 was a very insightful event to get inspired.


Among all the beautiful, functional, and technological aspects from the show, our standouts were:

1) Herman Miller incorporating their heritage design with the newer products.

2) The Haworth digital knitting machine. From fashion to furniture. 

3) The pet felt molded chairs from De Vorm.

Trend 1: Shapes

The “cutesy” aspect of the designs was a trend at the expo. Lots of rounded, delightful shapes.

We are looking for comfort and playfulness in our spaces and it came through in the common silhouettes at the show.

Trend 2: Material

In previous years, the tendency was toward the use of leather-like materials. This year, in contrast, was definitely felt and soft textured materials. We saw lots of textiles and alternative materials. Some of them seemed driven by eco-friendliness,  and some others driven by comfort and durability.

Trend 3: Color

The color palette was incredibly defined and consistent. Navy blue, dark green and some sort of acid, variations on pinkish orange, or a bright ocher yellow were popular. This color palette is incredibly classic and slightly nostalgic (at least in the US) with undertones of both, a more mature southwest vibe, as well as a 70’s influence.

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