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There are so many reasons to be excited about NeoCon 2016, but here are 3 reasons to make sure you visit HON – either in our showroom or on social media – June 13-15:

Be HON
Our theme this year is “Be Authentic, Be Honest, Be HON.”, and we are bringing it to life throughout the recently renovated HON showroom. The space has been transformed to give our visitors a chance to feel part of our story and to “Be HON”.

Become a part of our showroom design when you snap a Polaroid photo with your friends and add it to our giant photo collage (stay tuned for our fun new props!). Plus, you won’t want to miss our surprise activity to promote HON’s broad selection of fabrics and finishes by giving you the chance to add your own pop of color to our space. We’ll be capturing all of these exciting activities on social media too, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and look for the hashtag #BeHON!

HON Chicago Showroom NeoCon Design

Be Inspired
Be inspired by HON’s latest solutions and expansions, including all three Solve™ seating models, complementary Accommodate™ seating and Arrange™ tables, our recent Contain® and Flock® expansions and enhancements to our height adjustable solutions like Coordinate™ and Voi®. You’ll also get a sneak peek of HON’s brand new product lines, Grove™ soft seating and Concinnity™ desks! For more information and the complete list of products, visit our NeoCon spotlight page.

HON NeoCon Product Sneak Peek

We’ll also be showcasing some exciting new digital tools – HON’s Chair Chooser™ and Chair Configurator. Stop into the showroom for a demo and see how easy it is to find your perfect chair!

Be Rewarded
Who doesn’t like free stuff? We’ll be giving our showroom visitors the latest HON swag just for stopping by. (Let’s just say, these items are both practical and stylish – kind of like our furniture!). Be sure to stop in early so you don’t miss out!  Can’t make it to Chicago? That’s ok, we’ll have other chances for you to win through our Facebook sharing contest. During NeoCon, share any photo from our HON Facebook page to yours that has the hashtag #BeHON in the caption and you’ll be entered to win one of three Polaroid Z2300 cameras.

We can’t wait to see you next week in HON’s Chicago Showroom, Chicago Merchandise Mart Suite 1130. Let us know why you’re excited about NeoCon 2016!

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Winter blues got you down?  Touring a warm and inviting HON showroom is just what the doctor ordered. With locations in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Muscatine, Iowa you’ll soon be saying, “#Jonas and #Kayla who”?

New York:

Located near the iconic Flatiron building and historic Madison Square Park, our New York showroom is filled with natural light and mixed materials – an expression of HON’s strength and authenticity.  The bright pops of color and playful accessories are a nod to the building’s early roots as a toy factory.  Looking for an opportunity to “play” in this vibrant space?  Register for HON Product Training on April 12-13 or HON Product for Designers on April 14-15.

HON's New York Showroom

HON's New York Showroom

HON's New York Showroom

Chicago:

Housed on the 11th floor of the Merchandise Mart – which until recently was the largest commercial building in the world, with its own ZIP code! – our Chicago showroom pairs sophistication with sustainable perfection.  The space is transformed on an annual basis for NeoCon and showcases our latest product innovations, as well as a spectacular view of the Chicago River.   Planning a trip to the Windy City?  Be sure to enroll in HON Product Training on March 8-9, and of course we’d love to see you at NeoCon June 13-15.

HON's Chicago Showroom

HON's Chicago Showroom

HON's Chicago Showroom

Washington, D.C.:

Our Washington, D.C. showroom is just a few blocks from the White House, so it’s only natural that it was inspired by the monuments of the nation’s capital…there’s even a “HON Monument”!  The welcoming atmosphere showcases a universal workstation concept focused on reliable, collaborative options.  Looking forward to enjoying the cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin?  There’s a good chance they will open up just in time for HON Product Training on April 26-27.

HON's Washington DC Showroom

HON's Washington DC Showroom

HON's Washington DC Showroom

HON Headquarters in Muscatine, Iowa:

Right at home in the HON Headquarters building, our Muscatine showroom interplays history and place with direct, real world examples of effective office design.  The century old wood beams and brick walls convey connections to local lumber barons, and are rumored to house a few friendly ghosts!  Don’t let that spook you though, they would love to see you at HON Intensive and Competitive Training on May 10-12.

HON Headquarters Muscatine Showroom

HON Headquarters Muscatine Showroom

HON Headquarters Muscatine Showroom

Which HON Showroom are you inspired to visit?  

 

Whether you attended NeoCon 2015 in person or participated in the fun through social media and HON World, I think we can all agree that last week’s show was one to remember. As the social media manager for HON, I often have the privilege to represent our company at exciting events as well as the enjoyable challenge of capturing HON happenings on film. I’m charged with the mission of meeting new people and finding creative ways to share our story through digital tools. But, at the heart of it all, my job is to spark engaging and meaningful conversation with you.

This year at NeoCon, our showroom was designed to ignite conversation – about HON, about office furniture, and about people and what they need to be successful. We wanted to inspire our showroom guests through color, simple designs, and purposeful furniture solutions. We aimed to bring a piece of Iowa and our longstanding value of inspired practicality to the bustling city of Chicago. And, we did just that.

Jerry Dittmer, President of The HON Company, summed it up best when he said “we took practical and simple to a whole new level.”

I hope you were able to visit us in person last week; but, if not, below are some of my favorite #HONSpotted images that were posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the event so you won’t miss out on the HON conversations of NeoCon 2015!

Bringing Iowa to Chicago
No matter where we go, we’re always proud of where we come from, so we decked out the reception desk with a huge graphic of Muscatine, Iowa’s well-known Beckey Bridge. Just as the bridge welcomes you to HON Headquarters in Iowa, it now welcomes you in Chicago.

Iowa Roots

Inspired Practicality
It’s who we are and who we have been since our founding, so our clean and simple designs in this year’s showroom were intentionally created to demonstrate this core value at HON.

HON Inspired Practicality

New Products
All of the new product launches and expansions that were showcased at NeoCon this year are market driven and open for orders today, not sometime down the road. Some of the highlights this year included new Height-Adjustable Tables, new Mocha and Pinnacle laminates and our comprehensive Soothe® line for healthcare featuring the Soothe patient recliner, guest seating and tables.

New Products

Color
We’ve introduced several new fabrics and finishes this year, and by several I mean over 900 new seating fabric colors and 50 new panel colors! That was reason enough for us to to make an extra splash with pops of bright color throughout the space.

Color

HON Swag
What’s a trade show without some giveaways? Or, as we call it, HON swag? This year, everyone who visited the HON showroom could go home with HON lip balms and bags (which came in handy when it rained the first day!). Those who traveled by flight and snapped a photo of one of our new airport ads on their way to the event were also given a pair of HON-inspired argyle socks.

HON Swag Giveaways

Building Relationships
We recognize and appreciate that our partners are HON storytellers out on the front lines, so a highlight of NeoCon every year is meeting and catching up with the people most important to us and our mission.

HON Dealers and Partners

Fun!
We amped up our social media activities this year with props and 3D hashtags. There were lots of smiles and laughs shared as we all tried to master the selfie stick and pose with speech bubbles that boasted sayings like “office furniture rocks” (because we all know it does).

NeoCon Fun

Check out The HON Company on social media for more NeoCon photos and, more importantly, join in our online conversation. Whenever you’re attending an event with us, spot a HON truck or advertisement on your travels, or just want to show off a recent installation, tag us with #HONSpotted so we can be a part of it with you!

With NeoCon rapidly approaching (it’s only 3 days away!), I’ve found myself perusing Instagram to relive years past. Here are a few of my favorite snapshots:

Giveaways

1. Anyone recall these items floating around the showroom? HONigami, fortune cookies, and Fitbits galore! And you don’t want to know how many steps HON members accumulated during the 3 days with the Fitbit…

View

2. We consider ourselves quite lucky to have this view outside our showroom.

Chalk Display

3. Loved 2013’s chalk display!

Midwest

4. Proud of our Midwest roots and proud to be a part of this great city.

Bags

5. One thing you can always count on at NeoCon? BAGS. Still one of my favorite designs.

Designers

6. A huge plus to NeoCon is having that rare opportunity to speak with the product designers. Wolfgang Deisig pictured here with Motivate.

Seating

7. The HON Winning Lineup of Seating! Or a prime opportunity for musical chairs…

Flock

8. The year Flock minis stole the show.

Social Media

9. Last year’s social lounge.

Purpose

10. The evolution of Purpose.

Graphics

11. 2012’s colorful wall graphic.

What are some of your favorite NeoCon memories? See you in Suite #1130!

When you’re at work, how often do you stop to take a look at the finishes at your desk or personal work space? I’m sure you would be able to talk about how much storage you have (or are lacking!), the comfiness of your chair, and the personal items you have displayed.

But have you ever stopped to really look at the aesthetics of your workspace? What color is your desk? What color is your chair? Is there a pattern? Although I’m probably more in tune with available fabrics and finishes, given I work at an industry-leading furniture manufacturer, it’s interesting to think about how companies select product finishes, and how much finishes matter. Even more so, how much fabrics have evolved over time.

Working in Customer Support provides me with access to just about every HON Pricer in recent memory. Walk with me down memory lane as we look at fabrics that HON offered in the late 1990’s (mill name and pattern information is not provided to protect the innocent):

Fabric Card

Fabric card courtesy of HON Customer Support resources

 

Now, I’m a big fan of the 90’s – sitcoms, stirrup pants, and the Spice Girls. But, you’ll notice the fabric cards are pretty …. basic. This fabric card has only 3 fabric colors, which didn’t offer a whole lot of selection or variety.

Fast forward to 2015, which HON has internally deemed the “Year of Fabrics and Finishes” and I think you will see our product offering is leading the way in changing the workplace environment. Some of my favorite HON fabrics are below:

Momentum Millennium Thrill SMOMMIL41

Momentum Millennium Thrill SMOMMIL41

Momentum Coast SMOMINT02

Momentum Coast SMOMINT02

Momentum Expo Sprout SMOMEXP53

Momentum Expo Sprout SMOMEXP53

Each one of these fabrics seems to have a personality and is so different from the others. Starting in late fall of 2014, HON has since launched 8 new seating fabric cards, all focused on high performance attributes, with another new seating pattern coming in September. There have also been 5 new panel fabrics introduced.

HON is excited to continue to offer a variety of fabrics that fit every budget and workplace. If you have a chance, come visit us at NeoCon in suite #1130 to see other exciting new fabrics and finishes! And the next time you’re at your desk, take a look at the fabric – what story does it tell?

What color is your HON chair?

NeoCon 2014 was a whirlwind! Check out some of our favorite social media moments from this year’s show. And while you’re at it, take a look at some of our photos from the show over on Flickr.

Meet the Endorse Collection at #neocon14 in Suite #1130.

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Join us Monday at #NeoCon14 in our #SetGoLounge for your chance to win a Fitbit!

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Can’t wait to see everyone at NeoCon 2015!

 

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!

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