Global Trends From NeoCon 2017

Every June, the design world combines forces at the most recognised and attended trade show in the industry, NeoCon.

This year, IA Design CEO Andrew Whitelegg and Regional Director (QLD) John Healy attended NeoCon 2017 as guests of leading flooring company, Mohawk. Over the three days, the team connected and exchanged ideas with global leaders, bringing back global insight to our local Australian markets.

NeoCon showcases the best in the design industry, with over 500 companies and 50,000 attendees at the renowned Chicago exhibition centre, The Mart. As one of the largest commercial events in the northern hemisphere, NeoCon attracts professionals from all sectors, including retail, corporate, hospitality, healthcare and government.

IA Design – NeoCon 2017

Trending at NeoCon 2017:

A Holistic Approach to Sustainability: We are seeing a continued industry push for companies to demonstrate a holistic approach to environmental sustainability – integrating sustainability practices throughout their entire supply-chain. This end-to-end approach considers the entire product lifecycle from manufacturing to distribution to consumer use and disposal, making cross functional cooperation compulsory and ensuring a positive industry impact on the environment.

Comfort in the Workplace: As technology continues to accelerate and blur the lines between work and home, we are seeing an increased focus on comfort, flexibility and choice in the workplace. Workplaces are integrating residential influences into their design to make employees feel “at home” in the office” to promote comfort and workplace wellbeing.

“There are no tradeoffs between success and taking care of ourselves. It’s like on the plane when they tell you to put your oxygen mask on first before you take care of others. If you run out of oxygen, you will be of no help to [others].”-  Arianna Huffington at NeoCon 2017

Simplification of Desking Systems: As work environments become increasingly agile, desking systems are being simplified to allow for flexible work arrangements. Simplicity is a key design driver, ensuring workstations are fit for technology and fit for adaptability.

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Thank you to the organisers, exhibitors and attendees of NeoCon and Mohawk for a fantastic few days. Andrew and John were lucky enough to enjoy some great hospitality from Mohawk, squeezing in an architectural river tour of Chicago and a Cubs game at the historic Wrigley Fields baseball field.

IA Design – NeoCon 2017 – Mohawk Logo

About Mohawk

Mohawk is the world’s largest flooring company, crafting quality flooring products for over 130 years. The Mohawk team are leaders in eco-friendly flooring, offering hundreds of beautiful, top quality products that positively impact communities. Check out Mohawk here:


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