NeoCon 2022 Trend Wrap-Up

Hear from leading designers about the trends shaping commercial design as the industry seeks to create public spaces with the comforts of home.

Formica Laminate artboard showing multiple patterns in tradeshow booth

A Spirit of Togetherness and Collaboration

There was a palpable sense of camaraderie this past June at NeoCon 2022 in Chicago. As you’ll hear in the video below, the designers we spoke with noted their excitement to be back together in person as they collaborated on defining the latest industry trends. 

Blending Commercial and Residential Environments

The convergence of home and office environments was front and centre at NeoCon with the need to support hybrid work models and desire for cozy, quiet, healthy workplaces. As Formica Corporation’s Managing Principal Design Renee Hytry Derrington says, “This category loves solving problems. You have to solve problems to bring people back into the office environment.” 

Watch this video recap to learn about the prominence of biophilic design and sustainability as well as how an updated slate of textures, colours and patterns are making inroads into modern spaces.


Thanks to the following designers for participating in the video (in order of appearance):

  • Marybeth Shaw, Chief Creative Officer, Wolf-Gordon
  • Tia Williams, Brand Development & Public Relations Director, Hollman Lockers
  • Joseph Namyst, Creative Director, Davis Furniture
  • Renee Hytry Derrington, Managing Principal Design, Formica Corporation
  • Meghan Howell, Creative Director, Formica Corporation
  • Liz Sweeney, Colors, Materials & Finishes Product Manager, HNI Workplace Furnishings
  • Jonathan Prestwich, Designer, Jonathan Prestwich Studio
  • Susan Wadden, Director of Color Marketing, The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Gerri Chmiel, Senior Design Manager, Formica Corporation
  • Peggy Van Allen, President & Color Anthropologist/Designer, Color Marketing Group & Colorfuel
  • Sandra Mallette, Product Director, Hollman Lockers
  • Lynn Kingdon, Head of Creative Design, Camira
  • James Burleigh, Owner, Designer, James Burleigh
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