What Stopped Us in Our Tracks at NeoCon East

For the first time, the 13th annual show was held in Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center, left, played host to the 13th annual NeoCon East. Image courtesy of Novità Communications.

Did you hear that? It was the collective groan of every NeoCon East-goer who lives and works south of the Mason-Dixon Line, passing through Baltimore, a scant 35 minutes into our now three-hour drive from D.C. to the “new” NeoCon East in Philadelphia. And yet, fortified with coffee from that cool travel plaza as we rolled into Delaware (you know the one), delighted, on arrival, by our first-time use of the SpotHero parking app, and energized by the contagious buzz of the show floor, we realized: this was a good move.

It’s true, according to a NeoCon East press release: attendance was up 15 percent from last year, and over 250 companies showed off their latest products and services to the crowds.

“This was a milestone show for NeoCon East,” said Susan McCullough, SVP for the The Mart (who puts on the show). “It was our first year in a new city and it far exceeded our expectations. From technologies that improve commercial spaces and contribute to the well-being of those who experience them, to products that go beyond the industry standard and spark a whole new design dialogue, there was a lot to see and specify.”

Below, check out photos from both the kind reps at Novità Communications (NeoCon’s PR partner) and from the WDM team iPhones:

Attendees check out a winding bench by Green Furniture Concept, which prides itself on furnishing indoor public spaces naturally. Photo courtesy of Novità Communications.

Attendees check out a winding bench by Green Furniture Concept, which prides itself on furnishing indoor public spaces naturally. Photo courtesy of Novità Communications.

Photo courtesy of Novità Communications.

Photo courtesy of Novità Communications.

Photo courtesy of Novità Communications.

Photo courtesy of Novità Communications.

Unique acoustic panels from Unika Vaev. Photo by Michelle Weiss.

Unique acoustic panels from Unika Vaev. Photo by Michelle Weiss.

A bird's eye view of the show floor. Photo courtesy of Novità Communications.

A bird’s eye view of the show floor. Photo courtesy of Novità Communications.

Another look at Green Furniture Concept's cool booth. Photo by Natalie Grasso.

Another look at Green Furniture Concept’s cool booth. Photo by Natalie Grasso.

 Herman Miller tips its hat to the new location in Philly with a poster from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Herman Miller tips its hat to the new location in Philly with a poster from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Herman Miller's "Gather" desk from their Locale collection. They've made it wider and rounder for easier access should colleagues want to stand and chat. Photo by Natalie Grasso.

Herman Miller’s “Gather” desk from their Locale collection. They’ve made it wider and rounder for easier access should colleagues want to stand and chat. Photo by Natalie Grasso.

Another lovely tableau at the Herman Miller booth. Photo by Natalie Grasso.

Another lovely tableau at the Herman Miller booth. Photo by Natalie Grasso.

Colorful pops at the Teknion booth, courtesy of their Qui seating collection. Photo by Natalie Grasso.

Colorful pops at the Teknion booth, courtesy of their Qui seating collection. Photo by Natalie Grasso.

We loved seeing touches of the graphics that Kimball introduced as part of their partnership with O+A last June in Chicago. Photo by Natalie Grasso.

We loved seeing touches of the graphics that Kimball introduced as part of their partnership with O+A last June in Chicago. Photo by Natalie Grasso.

 

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