Archives for the month of: June, 2012

It’s hard to believe that just eleven days ago we were opening the doors to Suite 1130 for the start of NeoCon 2012! For those who weren’t able to attend this year, the HON showroom experience was all about empowering the way you work and embodied three things:

  1. Cohesive design
  2. Collaborative collections
  3. Comprehensive solutions

Addressing the need for a more open, fluid and interactive workplace, the product lines that we featured empower both individual effort and team ventures; they’re designed to move freely and interconnect seamlessly (like Flock, seen below).

Here’s my best shot at trying to condense 72 action-packed hours into 300 words or less. Trust me- a difficult task!

Flock Debut

We debuted Flock Collaborative Solutions at NeoCon- a full collection of flexible and comfortable elements that work seamlessly together. Flock addresses functional needs throughout the office landscape from welcoming areas to nooks to collaborative hubs and community areas.

Motivate Won Product Innovations Award

Motivate earned the Grand Prize Innovations Award in its category, sponsored by BUILDINGS Magazine. The award recognizes excellence in products for commercial buildings with high-performance, aesthetic, and functional features. Motivate was designed by Wolfgang Deisig (shown here), one of Europe’s veteran industrial designers with many award-winning solutions in the furniture industry. More info here.

Exploring the Mart in Style with the HON Bag!

The highly-coveted HON bag was in high demand at NeoCon! Did you snag the HON bag at NeoCon? Post a photo of you with your bag to our Facebook page; we would love to see!

HONigami

Origami, fortune teller, cootie catcher… well, we called it HONigami. A throwback to our younger days, HONigami was a fun way for us to interact with attendees in our showroom this year! We awarded Motivate task chairs to three lucky individuals who discovered a gold star hidden in their HONigami and also gave away an iPad to our Twitter winner!

One of our HONigami discussion questions was “Describe the HON showroom in three words.” See what several attendees had to say (via Twitter):

“Energetic. Innovative. Upbeat.” -@john_higginson

“Colorful. Fun. Energetic.” -@designelixir

“Crowded. Fun. Stylish.” -@unlimitedana

“People ‘Flock’ed There!!” -@jacquetodd

“Bright. Structured. Innovative.” -@iDesignerChef

“Chic. Chic. Chic.” -@creactiva101

“Interact. Produce. Go.” -@symbolictweet

Weren’t able to attend NeoCon this year? Not a problem. Check out Flickr, Pinterest, or our interactive showroom at hon.com/neocon to see all of the exciting, new products for yourself! Until NeoCon 2013…

I visited the HON showroom in Chicago at The Merchandise Mart on June 4th and 5th. Since I have never been to the “Mart,” I was immediately surprised at how large the building actually was. The showroom looked amazing! I loved how bright yellows and blues were incorporated with the Flock™ and Motivate™ lines.

I noticed a lot of aesthetic features had been added such as video touch-screens and a structural depiction of the HON “ribbon.” I was able to help with HONigami and stage furniture throughout the showroom. All day people were moving in and out doing run-throughs, delivering packages, and installing lighting/furniture. I had an opportunity to tour different floors of the Mart. I truly enjoyed being able to see first-hand the many style variations in our competitors. I was amazed by all the reconstruction that takes place prior to a show event.

Overall, it was a wonderful experience to see the behind the scenes of NeoCon and be a part of something so massive and important in this industry. I hope to someday visit the Chicago showroom and the Merchandise Mart again.

Weren’t able to attend NeoCon this year? Check out Flickr, Pinterest, or our interactive showroom at hon.com/neocon.

Stayed tuned for a full recap and highlights from the show…coming soon!

Hi everyone, I’m Maddie, The HON Company’s summer marketing intern. Welcome to my first blog post!

My summer internship will be broken into three-week segments and by August 10th, I will have completed a twelve week program. I am able to “dip my feet” into four different areas of HON’s marketing department and experience various facets of the marketing field. My first segment involves working with the Marketing Content team.

My additional rotations involve working within eMarketing, Merchandising, and Channel Loyalty departments. Each of my four segments is led by team managers who will help guide me throughout my summer projects. I’m very excited to dive into the marketing side of HON and learn all I can in the upcoming months. I am fortunate to be a part of an organization where all ideas and opinions are received and I am proud to say I have not once felt like, “the intern.” Everyone has been very welcoming and helpful!

Top 3 Highlights of HON so Far!

1. Intern Orientation-Bring on the Newbies: On Tuesday, May 29th all HNI summer interns met for an introductory orientation held at Allsteel Headquarters. After learning basic rules and policies, we were able to meet each other and learn about everyone’s different internship titles, living arrangements, and plans for the summer. The internship program has grown since last year and everyone seems eager to begin!

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