NeoCon 2017 in Review

The 49th annual NeoCon has concluded and its 50,000+ attendees have returned home, eager for what the future holds in commercial interiors. As one of the largest and most pivotal furniture trade shows in North America, NeoCon showcases the latest products, ideas and industry trends. The event, held annually at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart from June 12-14, caters to an array of vertical markets and draws interior designers and architects from around the world.

Outlined below are four industry trends currently circulating throughout commercial design. We’ll touch on how these trends made their way into the 2017 NeoCon showrooms and the new products that will emerge in the coming months.

Industry Trends

CDI 2017 Neocon Review Trends Balance Within Office Culture.

Balance Within Office Culture
Work environments are becoming increasingly flexible in order to offer greater autonomy for today’s diverse workforce. Not everyone works the same way and providing a variety of options for differing work styles is vital to overall productivity and company success.

The opportunity to choose where and when to work, along with the availability of flexible and mobile work spaces, can lend a hand in helping employees find balance in the office. Changing requirements within the workplace require adaptable furniture. Modular soft seating, workbenches, desk pods, collaborative and breakout furniture, and acoustic elements are all examples of office furniture that boost a high performance in the adaptable workplace.

CDI 2017 Neocon Review Trends Health and Wellness 3

Health & Wellness
The health and well-being of employees is paramount when designing a work space as it can directly affect an organization’s productivity and overall moral. Designs that promote movement and foster social connection are key in building a healthy, employee-centric environment.

An increasing number of businesses are also taking cues from nature and incorporating biophilic design into their work spaces to increase overall employee health and wellness. Studies have shown that integrating natural light and materials, views of the outdoors, and greenery into a modern built environment is a great way to refresh a work space and help occupants feel invigorated. Not only is the use of biophilic design mentally beneficial, it also impacts employee physical wellness by improving air quality, reducing stress and lowering blood pressure levels and heart rates.

CDI 2017 Neocon Review Trends Multi-Generations in the Workplace. In creating an inclusive culture to meet the needs of each age group and thus encouraging engagement, collaboration, and learning, organizations can more effectively attract and retain employees of all generations.

Multi-Generations in the Workplace
Employee engagement plays a key role in achieving overall organizational success in the multi-generational workforce. While most businesses realize the importance of engagement, a recent study by the Harvard Business Review found that three-quarters of surveyed business leaders noted their employees were not highly engaged. For an organization to cater to employees of varied ages and create engagement, it is important that their work space does the following;

  • Allows flexibility and mobility in work styles
  • Celebrates individual and team contributions
  • Provides opportunities for engagement and spaces for collaborations
  • Provides a third space for relaxed interaction and independent work
  • Clearly communicates organizational goals or objectives

In creating an inclusive culture to meet the needs of each age group and thus encouraging engagement, collaboration, and learning, organizations can more effectively attract and retain employees of all generations.

CDI 2017 Neocon Review Trends Technology

The ever-evolving category of technology continues to play an indispensable role in our lives, both at home and at work. With wireless charging technology becoming popular and the availability of furniture that allows seamless technology integration, work spaces are becoming increasingly connected and functional. The importance of this sector and the solutions it offers will certainly see an uprise, especially as younger generations continue to flood the workforce.

Furniture & Showroom Trends

CDI 2017 Neocon Review Furniture & Showroom Trends

The 2017 NeoCon showrooms were, as always, flooded with eye-catching furniture with a focus on ancillary pieces. Shades of plum and blushing pinks were draped throughout multiple vendor spaces, while boutique-like bronze and gold finishes also started to make an appearance. Modular designs and various touch-down areas encouraged mobile and flexible work styles. Work stations and collaboration areas were heavily personalized with paper management, accessories, and various lighting options; all highlighting the industry’s shifting focus to ancillary options.

Here are a few examples of how vendors incorporated industry trends in their showrooms.

Kimball incorporated a little bit of everything in their North Wells Street showroom. They showed off resimercial furniture with their Boyd and Bloom Lounge lines, desktop ancillary options, and integrated technology throughout many of their seating, desk and table options. We tried out the Pairings Lounge chairs with tech arms and found they offered just the right amount of privacy and convenient integrated technology in case our cell phones needed a quick boost.  The living wall within the hospitality area quite literally offered a breath of fresh air.

CDI at Kimball Office Chicago Showroom: Living Wall; Villa, Dock, Pep, & Custom Bars; Pairings & Dwell

A bright palette of colors and clean geometric shapes welcomed us into the Allermuir showroom. Show attendees were perched on every inch of the Paver Sofa System, demonstrating its use as a flexible and collaborative work space. The newly introduced Tarry lounge chair offered a sense of privacy and relaxation in an otherwise boisterous showroom. Multiple industry trends could be witnessed throughout the space, including modular soft seating, black furniture frames, and various touch down areas that welcomed a variety of work styles.

CDI at Allermuir Chicago Showroom: Paver Sofa System, Famiglia Chair, Mozaik Tables

JSI Furniture
The JSI showroom brought the feeling of home into the work environment, offering a contemporary, free-standing lounge collection with residential styling aesthetics. We felt inclined to sit back and relax in the new Indie lounge pieces and rest our tired feet on one of the many colorful, plush poufs that were scattered throughout the space. JSI showcased the industry’s focus on ancillary option with a display of hanging magazine pouches, lighting options, mobile purse hooks and flush, mounted marker boards. Freestanding privacy panels depicted a sense of seclusion, creating a “space within a space.”

CDI at JSI Furniture Chicago Showroom: Indie Lounge. Moto Lounge, and Accessories

Mayline – Safco
Bold orange chairs and accessories lined the Mayline-Safco showroom. A mix of traditional worksurfaces and innovative pieces were illustrated to encourage movement and collaboration. The newly unveiled Atmosphere Collection, which includes modular seating, benches and individual chairs, faciliates engagement and the freedom to flow seamlessly from meeting to relaxation. With a robust Active Collection and a wide variety of furniture options, Mayline-Safco has everything needed to make a smooth and stylish transition between spaces and postures throughout the day.

CDI at Mayline-Safco Chicago Showroom: Zenergy Swivel, Anywhere Table & Swivel Keg

Pops of vibrant orange and yellow invigorated our senses in the Global showroom, where space utilization and flexibility was the goal. The newly introduced Global Duet stacking table offers the optimal flexibility in a learning or training environment, speaking to both the education and corporate markets. Paired with the Popcorn chair in the showroom, the tables are lightweight, easily stacked and can be specified to gang together. A pair of bold, yellow Vitrola chairs with matching accent pillows followed the resimerical trend with its classic, finely tailored design. The River Personal Harbor, a new addition to the River series, has the ability to integrate power and provide a feeling of privacy, giving users the option of mobility throughout their workday.


New Product Review


Kimball New Product Review by CDI: Nash Stool, Lusso Chair, Narrate/Theo Lounge Chair(clockwise from top left) Nash Stool, Lusso Chair, Narrate/Theo Lounge Chair

Kimball New Product Review by CDI: Pairings Perch, fiXt Table/Dwell Ottomans(from top) Pairings Perch, fiXt Table/Dwell Ottomans


Allermuir New Product Review by CDI: Famiglia Soft Seating, Tarry Lounge Chair, Mote Credenza, Jinx Soft Seating(clockwise from top) Famiglia Soft Seating, Tarry Lounge Chair, Mote Credenza, Jinx Soft Seating


JSI New Product Review by CDI: Indie Lounge Collection (tables, pillows, seating, poufs) and Bourne Stools(clockwise from top left) Indie Lounge Collection: Lamp Table, Single Seat Leg Lounge/Accent Pillows/Triangle Table, Round Pouf, Low Lounge/Two Seat Leg Lounge/Triangle Pouf/Bourne Stools


Stylex New Product Review by CDI: Ridge Guest Chair, NYC Standard Lounge, Verve Chair, Ridge Lounge Chair(clockwise from top left) Ridge Guest Chair, NYC Standard Lounge, Verve Chair, Ridge Lounge Chair


New Product Collage(clockwise from top right) River Personal Harbor Lounge Seating, Spritz Task Seating and Zook Table, Vitrola Lounge Seating

About CDI
CDI is a cutting-edge commercial furniture dealership that believes thoughtful design and strategic planning are critical components in the success of every project. We can help companies achieve their business vision and goals and help maintain your workplace investment. CDI creates functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement.

CDI is a “Select” Kimball Office dealer. The “Select” status is Kimball’s premier dealer designation, which demonstrates dealership excellence in sales, service, financial stability, business processes and more.

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Corporate Office & Showroom:
1711 Paramount Ct., Waukesha, WI  53186
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For more information, pricing or to schedule a showroom tour, please contact:
Michele-Aubry-LinkedinMichele Aubry, Director of Sales | 262.278.8916

Giving Employees Healthier Options with Xsede Height Adjust

Kimball Office | Xsede Height Adjust.

Giving employees a healthier option for their workspace.
Today’s employers are doing more to support employee wellbeing.  Architects and designers are designing for workplace wellbeing. And now with Kimball Office’s new Xsede height adjust desks; an employee’s work surface can support it as well.
With the touch of a button, Xsede height-adjustable benches and tables allow employees to seamlessly shift between sitting and standing. Freeing them from the negative health effects of staying in the same position for their entire workday.

Xsede is designed to work anywhere in any space. It can be used as a freestanding table in a private office. As a benching arrangement that can support employees working together — even if the work surface heights they enjoy are completely different. You can even add privacy panels to Xsede for workers who need their own space.

With a power/data beam stretching from end to end Xsede not only keeps phones, computers, and other devices powered throughout the day, it keeps cords neatly organized and out of sight. Which means, with Xsede you can satisfy employees who want a healthier workspace and those who want one that’s less cluttered.


For more information, pricing or to schedule a showroom tour, please contact:
Michele-Aubry-LinkedinMichele Aubry, Director of Sales | 262.278.8916

Contact Us

Corporate Office & Waukesha Showroom:
1711 Paramount Ct., Waukesha, WI  53186
P  262.521.1010

ELEVEN Workspace by OFS

ELEVEN Workspace

Swiss architect and designer Daniel Korb designed Eleven around a fundamental concept: “Furniture is Architecture on a Different Scale”. Informed by the international style and an architect’s attention to detail, Eleven presents an adaptable, sustainable aesthetic that scales from private to collaborative and open spaces.


Best of Neocon Gold Award

This year Eleven Workspace by OFS captured the Best of Neocon Gold Award in the benching furniture category.  With its seamless blend of furniture functionality, connectivity, storage and media integration that harmonizes with interior architecture, it’s no wonder it received the gold.


What does ELEVEN stand for?

The 1 and 1 in the number 11 stand for the aluminum leg and the aluminum rail. Those are the two parts that establish the frame.


Clean & contemporary design for today’s work environment

Eleven’s minimized design looks beautiful and offers sustainable benefits.  Its mass and material content is 100 percent recyclable at end-of-life, while VOC-free finishes and adhesives improve indoor air quality.



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Introducing Bridges II by Global

Bridges allows you to connect the dots in different ways from tables to benching, desking to systems. Redefine how you connect and share. Bridges provides the tools for you to achieve so much more.


“Our desire was to develop an environment for collaborative teamwork which would facilitate connection, or bridging of people and ideas.”

A set of components which would even serve as a catalyst, inviting team members out of their cocooned comfort zones and encouraging them to engage, co-create. With Bridges II you can develop an environment of collaborative teamwork through workspace configuration that enhances line communication and bridges people with a spectrum of ideas and interfaces. Bridges II features a set of components that facilitate communication and streamline interaction through product that efficiently adapts and creatively configures. The product focuses on advancing engagement and collaborative creation through quick adaptations necessary to meet the needs of a fast paced and ever changing work environment. With flexible building components, Bridges II fits numerous applications, from boardrooms to multi-person workstations. It is easy to customize and reconfigure to fit specific requirements.


  • Can be expanded from single to multi-person
  • Customizable woodgrain and laminate finishes
  • Smart storage options
  • Easy access for plugging in electronics

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Kimball Office’s latest Priority™ is Architectural Products 2011 Product Innovation Award

Some products gravitate to the top.
They are natural born leaders.
 But even fewer are recognized for innovative greatness.

Introducing our latest Priority.

With its exceptionally versatile design, truly sustainable thinking, and highly flexible workspace solutions, it’s no surprise that Priority is award-winning.

This product line does it all.  From planning flexibility, real estate efficiency, and fostering collaborative, interactive workstyles, Priority makes it simple to create your ideal work environment across the entire facility.

Sleek, technology-enabled benching and worktables, height-adjustable tables, ingenious storage elements, accessories, and purely fresh aesthetics make Priority ultimately configurable to support diverse work styles for functional groups and individuals—now and well into the future.

But this is just the beginning.  Learn more about Priority, and our other award-winning products, at