This past week, Chicago’s Merchandise Mart welcomed back the 49th annual NeoCon trade show. In contrast to High Point Market, NeoCon focuses specifically on the commercial sector. As such, the exhibition showcases the latest interior designs for retail, hospitality, and workplace settings.

Today on the blog, we’re spotlighting our favorite emerging trends from #neocon2017. Read on!

1. Biophilic Design

There was a great deal of buzz surrounding the term “biophilia” at this NeoCon. Biophilic design, stemming from the green architecture movement, essentially seeks to integrate nature into daily human life. This interior style employs organic elements to improve mental and physical wellness while also championing sustainable manufacturing practices. Here are some of the biophilic highlights from NeoCon 2017.

Mohawk Group, Lichen Carpet Collection

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Stikwood, Reclaimed Wood Adhesive Paneling


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Coalesse, Moss Wall


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Achieve a biophilic look at home with a nature-inspired fabric:

2. 3D Geometry

Dynamic, fun, and inventive, multidimensional geometry stole the show at NeoCon this year. Whether in the form of acoustic paneling, space dividers, or set designs, we loved how this contemporary inspiration complemented a wide range of settings. Tour our favorite styles below.

FilzFelt at Knoll, Scale Wall


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Steelcase, Showroom Set


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Carnegie Fabrics, Entrada Hanging Panel

Flex your customization skills with some sleek geometric designs:

3. Chartreuse

One color kept popping up everywhere: chartreuse. This intense hue ranged all the way from mustardy yellow undertones to hints of Pantone’s Greenery. Largely paired with neutral grays, chartreuse served as an invigorating and unforgettable pop of color. Here are some of our favorite shades from the show.

Sandler Seating, Furniture

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Arc-Com Fabrics, Foundation Collection

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HBF Textiles, Raw Materials Collection

Check out some of our own chartreuse designs:

Were you at NeoCon this year – share your favorite trends in the comments! Plus, you can check out even more trends on Instagram using #neocon2017.