For 50 years NeoCon has been the leading conference for hosting new innovative interior designs. The Merchandise Mart in Chicago hosts the event for the commercial and residential design community. The large venue provides the opportunity for interior design vendors to introduce new products to the market and show off groundbreaking ideas that transform bare spaces into entertainment rooms, living rooms, and more. Attendees journey through the vast number of showroom exhibits, taking in what the industry’s top speakers have to say about design trends, and network with like minded people.
While this was my first time attending NeoCon, Scott Group Studio is no stranger to the event. From the many featured carpets at NeoCon, three particular patterns stood out to me: Cambrian from Scott Group Custom Carpets, Trost from Hokanson, and Boucle from PWV. These carpets capture the essence of what each brand represents.
Designers are often inspired by the complex beauty found in nature. Take Cambrian for example, it takes its inspiration from the patterns seen in tree bark. Scott Group Custom Carpets have often showcased nature in many of their designs that bring harmony to any space. Scott Group Custom Carpets continues to lead in the creativity area through their unique designs.
On the other hand, a clean and simple design gives Trost the feeling of spaciousness. I find that Hokanson rugs are not necessarily about the details or the depth of the design pattern. Rather, they are about an emotion or warmth you get when you look at these pieces. There is a subtle inspiration to the fabrics that conveys class.
PWV carpets exhibit innovative craftsmanship, and highly detailed textures making them carpets you truly have to see and feel in person to appreciate. I saw the artisan work of Boucle at NeoCon, I viewed the work in multiple angles which gave it even more dimension to it. After attending NeoCon, I had the opportunity to visit the PWV headquarters where I was fortunate to see the process of how they create one of these works.
In addition to walking the exhibits and getting a bit of swag here and there, I attended a Continuing Education Units (CEU) by Scott Group Studio on the topic of “The Art of Tibetan Hand-Knotted Rug Making.” Our own Gabe Lanza gave the lecture and spoke of his experiences in Nepal, where he was able to see first hand how these luxurious rugs are made. On my train ride back to Grand Rapids, I left NeoCon feeling utterly inspired and I am looking forward to attending again.
Make sure to keep in touch with us and check out our web site to see our latest collections. We also have several new and exciting CEU topics in the works, so keep reading our blog for more details to come!