All systems are a go for a strong and vibrant NeoCon 2021, October 4-6 at theMART in Chicago. The definitive gathering place and educational hub for the commercial design industry, the show is a launchpad for the latest product innovations and services. A “future of work” theme will figure prominently as showrooms and exhibitors roll out boundary-breaking offerings including avant-garde workplace privacy solutions like tents and pergolas, flooring that incorporates biophilic patterns, plug and play smart technology, and dynamic furniture systems ideal for the flexible new office. In addition to workplace, the show’s introductions and industry leading talks will address contract design across key sectors of healthcare, hospitality, retail, residential, education, public space, and government.

Byron Morton, VP leasing, NeoCon, remarks, “From the exhaustive research and design development that go into the product solutions on display to the foremost designers, facility managers and industry associations that attend, NeoCon is the beating heart of the influential commercial interiors industry, a $12.83 billion dollar market according to the trade organization BIFMA. The show has helped shape the design of offices, schools, hospitals, healthcare facilities, and more for over 50 years.”

A few 2021 flooring innovation previews include:

Armstrong Flooring

Armstrong Flooring’s Exchange was created to invigorate and inspire employees with soft pastels and rich, saturated tones that complement a visual texture that adds depth and interest. The collection includes two distinct, yet compatible designs. System Gradient features a subtle ombre effect across a 6” x 36” plank in a soft color palette, mimicking the flow of light through space and creating a sense of clean comfort. Also available in a 6” x 36” plank, Static offers consistent saturation of color in a variety of neutrals and bright pops of color that can stand alone or be used as a collaborative accent.

HMTX Industries (1169)

HMTX is opening a permanent showroom in Chicago's Merchandise Mart this October. CEO Harlan Stone shared how this move will help to build intentional relationships with the architect and design community--see his interview with Floor Trends.

Mohawk Group (377)

Mohawk Group’s new Data Tide carpet collection explores the symbiotic relationship between nature and data through the visualization of water. Available in eight colorways, Data Tide’s modular carpet plants feature gradations that flow from light to dark in order to reflect transitioning waters. Mohawk Group’s design team used data sets from environmental studies of greenhouse gases to create biophilic patterns that weave a distinct, visual narrative about the immense role bodies of water play in our world. The thoughtful collection contributes to an aesthetically soothing workplace that connects workers to the peaceful, natural world.

For more information, visit neocon.con.