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orange & yellow at neocon

June 23

One way that I keep in touch with interior design outside of my financial marketing alter ego is to attend interior design trade shows. Last week I travelled to Chicago to, amongst other personal activities (read: shopping), attend Neocon at the hulking Merchandise Mart. Although some residential furnishings are showcased, the main focus of the show is previewing the latest (and often yet to be released) contract furnishings – i.e. corporate, hospitality, healthcare, retail, government, and institutional.

While I saw some innovative design in offices (large, flat doors that elegantly slide to cover storage) and healthcare (seating that looks more suited to residential, yet meets all healthcare needs), what really caught my eye was the use of brights colours.  Two in particular: orange and yellow. Although the main backdrop is predominantly still neutral, these colours were quite frequently used to accentuate and elevate the spaces.  A reflection, perhaps, of a more optimistic economic outlook? A sunnier disposition.

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