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Mobs of people crammed into The Merchandise Mart in Chicago this past week for Neocon — the largest commercial furniture and furnishings exhibition in North America.

Showrooms were packed, educational sessions sold out, elevator lines were long, and everyone was looking for a place to sit down.

Seating Everywhere

Which was good, because there was a lot of seating at Neocon this year. Especially healthcare seating.

Practically every major player in healthcare furniture was showing some type of seating — mostly guest and lounge seating. Given the current emphasis on ambulatory and clinic care where waiting is part of the patient experience, this isn’t surprising.

Flexibility and modularity are common design features of many of these seating collections, with table add-ons and ports for charging computers and mobile devices. Saw a lot of Corian arm caps, too.

The Winners Are…

Seating was prominent in the Best of Neocon product design competition as well.  Gold Awards in the Healthcare Guest & Lounge Seating category went to Herman Miller/Nemschoff for its Palisade Collection and Steelcase for its Embold Collection.

Other healthcare awards went to:

I also saw some interesting new healthcare seating products at Integra and Wieland. SitOnIt/Ideon introduced two new geometric seating solutions that could have some fun applications in healthcare.

And of course, I didn’t see everything there was to see. There’s just too dang much.

Other Trends at Neocon

Biophilic design continues to be a hot trend — in colors, patterns, shapes, as well as integrating plants into furniture and showroom design. Plants were everywhere at Neocon.

Healthy workplaces are also what everyone is talking about. I saw many standing desks to promote activity, some even with monitoring devices for extra incentive.

Also really liked Humanscale’s QuickStand Eco portable sit/stand solution for desks. Definitely has applications for healthcare.

If you were there, what did you see at Neocon that is new and different for healthcare?

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Kristin Ellingsen

3 months ago

Hi Sara! Thanks for the update; I always enjoy your perspective and appreciate the Neocon comments.

Sara Marberry

3 months ago

Thanks, Kristin! It was quite a show this year.

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Sara Marberry, EDAC, is a healthcare design knowledge expert, thought catalyst, and strategic marketing and business development consultant. The author/editor of three books, Sara writes and speaks frequently about industry trends and evidence-based design. She can be reached at sara@saramarberry.com.

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