We were excited to get the opportunity to attend NeoCon this year in Chicago! We are often asked by those that we work with why we attend NeoCon. As an art consulting firm, is there a benefit? The answer to this is very simple ... We go to get inspired. We travel the country throughout the year for art industry shows as buying trips and to get introduced to new artists to work with. We travel to NeoCon to get inspirited and to keep up with the current trends in the industry. "NeoCon serves as the commercial design industry's launch pad for innovation -- offering ideas and introductions that shape the built environment today and into the future." This year NeoCon celebrated 50 years since it first began in 1969. Year 50 was quite the success, and we can home truly inspired by the new trends.
Let's talk about the trends that we saw and how this will shape the way that we source and select artwork for our upcoming projects.
Trend #1 . . . Classic Black & White
If you attended NeoCon, you might be thinking "Are they crazy? Color was the name of the game this year!" We will get to the color conversation later as color truly was the name of the game. However, we noticed that when it came to the artwork, the predominant theme was the very clean and classic black and white palette.
Simple and yet stunningly beautiful. We call it the simple black dress affect.
Trend #2 . . . Hello Nature!
Plants, plants, moss, and a few more plants! Brining the outside indoors was an overwhelming theme that we saw at NeoCon. Nature elements have become the focus rather than playing a back seat role to every other design element. Plants are no longer the accent but are now the centerpiece acting as sculptural wall elements. It is exciting to see the life and beauty of the outdoors living within the commercial space. It was also inspiring to see the dynamic ways that plants can be applied.
Trend #3 . . . Simple & Sophisticated