Work tables dominate at NeoCon 2015, lending adaptability and collaborative capabilities, just right for the way knowledge workers get things done today - collaboratively, and requiring office space able to shape shift continuously.
 
Three key trends identified by exhibitors in the evolution of workplaces, especially to welcome next generation workers, are  a focus on health and wellness (desks that lift and lower, ergonomic seating, healthy materials);  an uptick in demand for flexible workspaces (so workers can work together on projects, then separate for tasks); and the rise of the remote worker - a function of employees seeking more flexible work arrangements (work from home, flexible hours) and the legions of contract workers formed during the downturn. 
 
"Companies are consistently looking at ways to drive new levels of engagement and collaboration in the workplace," says John Hernandez, Vice President and General Manager of Cisco Collaboration Market and Solutions Development, which is working with Tekion on office technology integration. "Tighter integration of technology and interiors is critical in making that happen."
 
Visitors are seeing desks replaced by tables at NeoCon 2015 - the show runs June 15-17 in Chicago - and a crossover between home style furnishing and the office. 
 
As the office shifts to a mix of work-at-home and contractors, flexible spaces that let workers get together, but separate to concentrate, are the order of the day. In addition to tables, as seen in these first views of the exhibits, systems to create quiet areas and personal refuge from open loft offices are also in demand.
 
The cubicle is giving way to an upholstered nook, not unlike a businessclass airplane sleeping compartments. 
The three-day business furnishings, flooring, and contract furniture fair marks its 47th anniversary as it dominates the 7th and 8th floors of Chicago's Merchandise Mart with over 700 exhibitors will celebrate its 47th anniversary as America’s largest contract design exposition and conference.

Held from June 15-17, it is global in stature as a platform for designers and interiors architect. Many of the businesses with have permanent showrooms at the Merchandise Mary such as Hafele and s business in the commercial segments.  and covers the spectrum of vertical markets including corporate office, education/institutional, environmental/sustainable, healthcare, hospitality/retail, lighting and stone/tile.

● A seminar series includes keynotes from top design industry influencers including Patricia Urquiola presented by Haworth & IIDA, Jason Silva presented by OFS Brands & ASID, and Martin Lesjak and Anastajia Sujic presented by Mohawk Group and AIA Chicago.

● Over 100 CEU seminars, tours, association forums and special events both on and off-site.

● Festive events on the new and improved South Drive of the Merchandise Mart including the HiP at NeoCon Party on Tuesday, June 16 from 5-7PM http://hiphiphooray.splashthat.com, and a daily taste of Chicago with a selection of the Windy City’s premier food trucks.

● Showroom parties on floors 1, 3, 10 and 11 from 5-7PM on Monday, June 15.

● Cocktails, conversations, and connections on Floors 7 & 8 from 3-5PM on Tuesday, June 16.

● Showroom/exhibitor giveaways and interactive social campaigns including a LIVE from the show floor Tweet Chat on Tuesday, June 16 at 3PM.

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