Last week’s trip to NeoCon East was a great one. There was a lot of interest in our Dreamwalls Color Glass Magnetic Markerboards,…which is immensely rewarding. But the designers and architects really responded favorably to our, “Any color you specify: Pantone, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, RAL – And we go big: up to 96 x 144″ story. But there are some great finds and over arching trends I saw at NeoCon East 2013. Let’s start with the trends:
Glass Goodness Everywhere
There were glass surfaces for dividing open office areas; there were glass table tops and desks; glass enclosed flexible offices and demountable partitions. Lots of writing surfaces. Clear glass, white glass, grey tinted glass,…Edges that are expertly flat-polished were important. I even saw back-mitered panels that formed table tops with privacy panels.
Oh My, Ochre
This was the color not only on the attendees, but for carpeting, upholstery, and more. It was most stunning when paired with a dark charcoal gray or espresso.
Reclaimed or distressed-look natural elements in combination with stainless steel and glass was a big part of the theme for new products. What a great look for contract furniture.
Then there were the things that I just thought were cool and innovative:
Tono – by Koncept lighting was a mood light tower that rotated colors, swiveled, and can create an instant mood.
DoNuts – by Blofield was one of those products that you just know would create fun and comfort in any environment,…for young and not-so-young. This is a large, industrial canvas inner tube with just the right amount of bounce, with a heavy-duty plastic table top integrated on top of it. It’s a fun time just waiting to happen.
Textured Paint – by Scuffmaster had some amazing textures and effects in their paint systems, like this metallic that looked as good as the real thing, and prevented scuffs and marks.
If you were at NeoCon East, what were some of your favorite products or trends? I am looking forward to sharing more with you over the coming days,…especially from some of the great seminars I attended. But in the meantime there’s no time to rest, for High Point Market is already in full swing. So I’m going to download all my NeoCon East info, and get the memory card clean to fill it up again.