We were excited to get the opportunity to attend NeoCon this year in Chicago! It is one of our favorite events of the year. 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." Year 51 of the show taking place was quite the success, and we came 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 . . . Texture
There is something about texture that makes you want to reach out and touch. It draws your eye in, your senses become alive, and ultimately makes you reach out your hands to touch it. It makes you curious. It makes you wonder. It makes you ask questions on how it was made. Texture was one of the top trends that we saw pouring out of the NeoCon showrooms.
Trend #2 . . . Scale it up
Is bigger really better? Perhaps when it comes to the latest trends in artwork. Large scale artwork is a popular new trend that we are loving. Less pieces but with a bigger impact by scaling the size up is an art strategy not just a trend. It is a philosophy that we feel strongly about at TOC Artwork as we are often telling our clients that 'less is simply more'. Fewer pieces of art with a greater scale is a strategy that we fully support.
Trend #3 . . . Rich Colors