NeoCon 2012: The Workspace Keeps Moving

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The annual National Exposition of Contract Furnishings (NeoCon) took place again in Chicago this late spring. The organization’s website describes the event as “North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors.” It was on my calendar to attend and experience a smidgen of the 700+ showrooms of companies who design and produce objects—from furniture to surfaces—for the office. From the wide array of visions of the contemporary workspace, here are a few highlights.

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steelcase is celebrating its centennial. It was founded in 1912 as The Metal Office Furniture Company. A digitally equipped desktop persists in Steelcase’s showroom.

The ambiance of Teknion’s showroom excelled by way of space and light. I can easily imagine Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs contemplating, and chastising, in this conference room surrounded by glass.

And who knew that a wall of carpet could be so inviting? Milliken’s matrix of tiled surfaces was soothing in both its color and texture.

As society changes, the nature of work—how and where it takes place—changes, too, in order to catch up with the human beats of creativity.

Nate Burgos is a designer who is ever curious about design and designing at Design Feast. All photos above by Nate Burgos.

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