officeinsight Articles on Events
7.27.15 | Many events that celebrate the design community, but one of our favorites simply embodies the design community in New York for one night. Occurring annually for 11 years now at the New York Design Center (NYDC) in Manhattan, First Look’s festive atmosphere and multitude of contract showrooms displaying new product inevitably draws comparisons to NeoCon, which takes place in Chicago a month earlier. While NeoCon is mostly democratic, where any manufacturer with enough gumption, a marketing budget and visions of success can participate, First Look is where the rubber meets the road. The largest concentration of design lifers in our industry come out to evaluate, discuss and scrutinize the latest product introductions.
7.6.15 | It is fascinating to witness the birth of a movement within an industry. Our last great one – sustainability in design projects – is still unfolding and will likely be less a movement than an intrinsic character of the built environment. Now emerging is the recurrent theme about the importance of authenticity and the many values emanating from the originality of design. Shortly before NeoCon, the Herman Miller NYC showroom hosted an IIDA NY Chapter and Be Original Americas panel discussing several perspectives on originality and authenticity in design.
7.6.15 | Once again members of BIFMA turned out in force for the annual membership meeting held at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza across Orleans Street from the Merchandise Mart. Speakers at the breakfast included BIFMA Executive Director Tom Reardon; interim President of the Board Dan Tuohy of Tuohy Furniture Corp.; Designer Pages President Chris Taylor; Chief Information Officer at ClearArc Capital Mitch Stapley; and VP of Leasing at Merchandise Mart Properties Byron Morton.
7.6.15 | NeoCon is a show bursting with tradition; many of us have traveled from company to company, crafting a career of rich experiences that often come to a point each June at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. And while we might make bounds and leaps between companies, the A&D and contract furniture industries have a storied history of retaining their members for the duration of their careers This year, we’re starting a new tradition at officeinsight honoring those who’ve made a habit of attending NeoCon for 30 years or more.
6.29.15 | As the dust from NeoCon 2015 settles, we at officeinsight are excited to continue a long-standing tradition of offering readers our “Delights of NeoCon.” For people who attended this year’s show in Chicago, we hope this issue reminds you of the things – products, parties, seminars and more – that made NeoCon 2015 special for you. And for our readers who were unable to attend, we hope to bring an insider’s peak into the things and people that caught our eye throughout the show. In addition to the many workplace furnishing debuts of note, one major highlight from the show this year was River Drive Park, a splendid new green space at the Merchandise Mart in the south drive-through.
6.22.15 | Contract magazine’s Best of NeoCon 2015 competition of products launched at NeoCon recognized 79 products by 62 companies in 41 categories. The honors included 38 Gold Awards, 37 Silver Awards, nine Innovation Awards, and five Editors' Choice Awards for a total of 90 awards including Best of Competition. Tuohy Furniture Corporation was the big winner with its WorkStyles system, which received five Best of NeoCon awards: Two Gold Awards (Furniture Systems and Case Goods), one Silver Award (Furniture Collections for Collaboration), one Innovation Award (Occasional Tables), and Best of Competition. See below for more details about WorkStyles. HNI Corp. subsidiaries received seven Best of NeoCon awards; Andreu World won three Gold Awards and one Silver Award; Steelcase and subsidiary Designtex together received two Gold Awards, one Silver Award, and one Editors’ Choice Award; and KI also received four awards.
6.12.15 | NeoCon returns June 15-17 to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart for its 47th year, and we couldn’t be more excited! The three-day event will attract nearly 50,000 design professionals and showcase more than 700 companies. With more than one million square feet of exhibition space, the show this year will launch thousands of new products and cover a spectrum of vertical markets including workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, public spaces and government.
FLOOR 10 >3form (10-142) Metallics is a never-before-seen array of interlayers designed to capture the spirit of metallic looks in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and Copper. To emphasize the textural qualities of 3form Metallics, three new finishes were launched for Varia Ecoresin®