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Office furniture is ever evolving. Not only to keep up with the newest in color and design, but just as important is the functionality. As businesses adapt to the economic and environmental changes, so too must how and where they work. The NeoCon Conference is always an excellent peak into the what the future holds for office furnishings.

That’s why we didn’t just send a couple of folks to NeoCon this year. We sent our whole sales and management team! Terry Creel, one of our team members, noted the move away from traditional desking systems, towards more open and collaborative spaces.

“The benching trend is something we’ve seen coming for a while,” he said. “This year it became mainstream.”

And Bryan Carr, who recently joined our staff, noted an interesting observation,

“We saw that there was a push toward small group areas with soft seating and embedded technology. Flatscreen televisions with built-in connectivity and wireless charging for portable devices, stole the show.”

Media:scape by Steelcase was perhaps the biggest exhibitor of this exciting new trend. And, Davis Furniture Industries, won four awards for best Seating: Guest, Conference and Sofas & Lounge, and Best Conference Room Furniture for their Ekko line of tables.

Overall, NeoCon 2011 did not disappoint! Just when you think nothing new can be done, there were thousands of innovative products and resources for corporate hospitality, healthcare, retail, government, institutional interiors from hundreds of showrooms and exhibitors. Check out just a few of our favorites below:

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