Tag - Neocon

Four circles of solid color with words above that read NeoCon 2022 Color Trends

2022 NeoCon Color Trends

Walking the floors of theMART at NeoCon, we are keeping our eyes peeled for overarching trends in the industry. This year we saw four major trends: Acoustics, Biophilia, Transparency in Manufacturing, and the Experiential Office. In addition, we also pay attention to what colors are trending. For NeoCon color trends this year, we saw a lot of rich, earthy neutrals. Also, a lot of super saturated pastels and earth tones. In many showrooms, we saw entire spaces created with...

Read more...
Orange wall with words that read NeoCon, Design makes a statement

Trendspotting at NeoCon 2022

NeoCon 2022 was a vibrant and fun show. After the quiet halls of 2021, it was a welcome and energizing change of pace. Though we spent a lot of time in Booth 7­–3050, we did manage to escape to the other floors of theMART to do some trendspotting at NeoCon. What did we see trendspotting at NeoCon 2022? Acoustics Acoustic solutions were everywhere. We think two things inspire this trend. First the shift in years past toward open offices. Second, many...

Read more...
Gold glitter background with words on top that say Interior Design HiP 2022 Honoree.

Invisible Threads named a HiP Award Honoree

That's a wrap on NeoCon 2022 and it was a productive 3 days for Design Pool. Our team loved introducing Design Pool to interior designers, architects, and students in the commercial interior industry. We are thrilled to let you know our work was recognized by Interior Design Magazine. First, Interior Design named Invisible Threads a HiP Award Honoree in the health and wellness: fabric and wall covering category. Also, Design Pool was featured in the Interior Design NeoCon Daily...

Read more...
Woman holder swatch of fabric with Design Pool's pattern Frequency.

Revisit The Cryptology Collection

At NeoCon 2021, Design Pool unveiled The Cryptology Collection. Even though it was our first time exhibiting at NeoCon, this collection made an impression. Two groups in the collection were named Interior Design Magazine HiP Award honorees and our Knowledge is Power group was a HiP Award winner. Metropolis Magazine named the Radio Waves group as one of their #MetropolisLikes products. Ahead of NeoCon 2022, we think it's a good time to revisit The Cryptology Collection Let's revisit The Cryptology...

Read more...
All text image reads NeoCon June 13–25, 2022, theMART, Chicago, #NeoCon2022

Find Design Pool at NeoCon in Booth 7-3050

It's almost time for NeoCon! You can find Design Pool at NeoCon on the seventh floor of theMART in Booth 7–3050. The Basics Dates: June 13 – 15, 2022Time: Monday and Tuesday 9 AM – 5 PM, Wednesday 9 AM – 3 PM Location: theMART in Downtown ChicagoOur Booth: On the 7th Floor, Booth 7–3050 Download Map Who will be there? Design Pool's founder Kristen Dettoni will be there with Kristin Crane, our Director of Marketing and Communications. Kristen is excited to introduce Design Pool...

Read more...
Embroidery hoop with Design Pool logo embroidered inside.

The Embroidery Stitches of Invisible Threads

We created the Invisible Threads collection out of an urge to bring embroidered textiles into interiors where they can’t usually be. It may sound strange that a type of fabric can’t be used in a room, but materials used in interiors need to pass different tests to be deemed serviceable in different kinds of interiors. For example, fabrics destined for fancy houses where no one actually sits on that living room couch don’t require high test results. However, fabrics...

Read more...

Our New Invisible Threads Collection

Our new Invisible Threads collection makes its debut at NeoCon 2022. However, Design Pool followers can get a peek at the collection early! The collection consists of ten original patterns, all designed by Kristen Dettoni. The collection was inspired by a Chinese proverb that reads, "An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but it will never break." Kristen was thinking of this invisible thread...

Read more...
Woman sitting on stool embroidering. Photo only shows her hands.

The Design Process Behind Invisible Threads

People who don’t work with textiles are usually surprised to learn that the inspiration for the computer was actually a loom. Invented in Lyon, France, by Joseph Marie Jacquard, the machine Jacquard developed used horizontally placed needles to sense the presence or absence of holes in a card. This told the loom whether to raise a warp thread or not. Jacquard exhibited his invention in 1801 at the Paris Industrial Exhibition and by 1812 there were 11,000 Jacquard...

Read more...
Flat lay of fabric swatches, embroidery hoop, thread.

Capturing Tactile Sensibility in Digital Printing

In 1965, Anni Albers was already thinking about how humans were losing touch with materiality. In her essay Tactile Sensibility (found in her book On Weaving), she writes, “Our materials come to us already ground and chipped and crushed and powdered and mixed and sliced, so that only the finale in the long sequence of operations from matter to product is left to us: we merely toast the bread. No need to get our hands into the dough. No...

Read more...
Chicago skyline view with words overlay that reads 10 tips from a NeoCon newbie.

10 Quick Tips from a NeoCon Newbie

I worked in the textile industry for many years as a designer, but it was always on the residential side. While our big trade shows were in High Point, North Carolina, I was always jealous of the contract designers who got to go to Chicago. NeoCon seemed fun, hip, and in a big city. Finally, I made it there in October 2021 with Design Pool. I love to travel and love planning trips. I also never travel without a...

Read more...