NeoCon 2019: Sneak Peek of What’s Coming

Your exclusive preview of how we’re creating dynamic spaces to support teams and nurture individuals.

This year at NeoCon, the annual commercial design conference in Chicago, the Steelcase family of brands and partners will showcase a new way of thinking about space that gives more control to teams and individuals. “We’re at a tipping point,” says Cherie Johnson, Steelcase global design director. “The workplace is no longer just about giving people access to different kinds of spaces. It’s about giving them control and the ability to adapt the spaces where they work everyday.”

For two years in a row, judges have awarded Steelcase Best Large Showroom at NeoCon and last year Steelcase also took home Best of Competition. This year, Steelcase returns to the third floor of the Merchandise Mart where new solutions, new products and new partnerships come to life in two main settings—the WorkLife and the WorkCafé. With NeoCon just a few weeks away, here’s an early look at the new solutions you’ll see from Steelcase.

Here’s a preview of what’s in store:

The WorkLife will focus on how to create spaces that empower teams and individuals using agile methodologies and design thinking. Visitors can explore how the Steelcase Flex Collection, which was just revealed in April gives teams control to adapt their space to meet the needs of one activity to the next in a matter of minutes.


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“At NeoCon, we’re sharing how teams can create dynamic neighborhoods. We’re curating spaces through the end users’ mindset. It’s much more than just having objects that move. It’s about how workers can change their space with these new tools and furniture while staying in flow,” says Johnson.

In addition to the Steelcase Flex Collection, the space will showcase products from a variety of other Steelcase brands and partners, including Orangebox, Steelcase Roam Mobile Cart with Microsoft Surface Hub 2S, Coalesse and Bolia.

“We’re demonstrating the range of choices for individuals and teams, showing the user how flexible and agile space can be. We’re rethinking the workplace to empower people and teams to keep up with the fast pace and constant ebb and flow they experience at work,” says Johnson.

NeoCon 2019 Preview: WorkLife

The WorkLife will showcase the Steelcase Flex Collection—designed with interconnectivity and clever details, the collection includes a system of moveable desks, tables, whiteboards and other pieces that can be rearranged on demand.

NeoCon 2019 Preview: WorkLife

Steelcase Roam is a system of mobile stands and easy-to-install wall mounts co-developed with Microsoft for the Surface Hub 2S. NeoCon visitors will be able to see how together they turn any place into a collaborative space.

NeoCon 2019 Preview: WorkLife

Steelcase will be showcasing the portfolio of one of its newest acquisitions, Orangebox. Orangebox  Air³ pods create spaces for individuals and groups seeking to focus or collaborate. These industry-leading pods are easily reconfigurable and can be installed in less than one day.

NeoCon 2019 Preview: WorkLife

Steelcase now offers an exclusive curated collection from Danish design company Bolia in the Americas and Europe. The collection, which will be featured at NeoCon, delivers new Scandinavian design and creates warm, bold, luxurious environments.

In the WorkCafé, you’ll find more informal, relaxed spaces supported by Steelcase and our family of brands and partners.

The range of products includes inviting, hardworking collections such as the co-created West Elm Work Collection and smaller scale artisan goods that let designers shape a culture and brand in both big and small ways throughout a space.

“We’re also continuing to focus on how authenticity is becoming more and more about self-expression. You’ll see the juxtaposition of the natural and man-made as a continued theme. Our surface materials are inspired by movement and you’ll see some very interesting ways that manifests itself in our spaces,” says Johnson.

NeoCon 2019 Preview: WorkCafé

The West Elm Work Greenpoint bench, co-created by Steelcase and West Elm, creates a warm, inviting homebase for teams. Private office and storage solutions are also available.

NeoCon 2019 Preview: WorkCafé

The West Elm Work Collection offers a range of comfortable, hard-working spaces. The line that launched last fall will debut several new pieces at NeoCon 2019, including the West Elm Work Sterling chair.

NeoCon 2019 Preview: WorkLife

New this year from the Coalesse  Design Group and Michael Young, the MoreThanFive Table will be unveiled at NeoCon. It’s a natural extension of their collaboration with our LessThanFive Chair. Both are a celebration of modern craft in materiality and form. The new cast iron MoreThanFive Table is designed to uniquely complement the carbon fiber LessThanFive Chair, or any other social or collaborative setting.

NeoCon 2019 Preview: WorkCafé

Visitors to Chicago will have the chance to discover a range of easy-to-install, stand-alone work pods in our WorkCafé, including solutions from SnapCab.

Our latest issue of 360 Magazine is out now, just in time for NeoCon. New articles delve into research on significant workplace shifts around fast-paced, team-based work.
A few of the articles you’ll find include:

  • New Work. New Rules. – How collaboration has changed and what teams need from their workplaces to succeed.
  • Make Room for Modern Tribes – What Steelcase researchers and designers discovered when they studied agile and creative teams and how that inspired the development of Steelcase Flex.
  • The Science of Collaboration – Neuroscience tells us our brains and bodies are linked and our ability to learn and solve problems can be influenced by how we move. Read how to create spaces that promote active collaboration and results in more and better ideas. Also, read how Steelcase Roam empowers teams to collaborate anytime, anywhere and way.
  • Day-in-the-Life of an Agile Team – How space supports an agile team throughout the day + early results from our new IT space.
  • Trends 360: A Buyer’s Market – Amidst a talent shortage, what people want from their jobs.

And, be sure to subscribe to our 360 Real Time podcast which will feature a new episode launching right before NeoCon with bestselling author of “Start with Why,” Simon Sinek.

Steelcase invites you to the new Chicago WorkLife experience June 10-12, 2019 at NeoCon. Our NeoCon Guide is available now. If you won’t be in Chicago, you can follow along with exclusive Facebook Live interviews and live tours.

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