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7.23.12 | First Look at the New York Design Center is just as important for design professionals as NeoCon. It may not have all of the pomp and circumstance, but the setting of the NYDC is significantly more practical and manageable. The new introductions presented at First Look are a bellwether for how interiors are shaped in New York, the largest American market for contract products. And, of course, if the largest contract furniture manufacturers hog much of the limelight at NeoCon, the invaluable and important – and sometimes the most innovative – are front and center at First Look.
7.23.12 | NeoCon 2012 had several jewels embedded into the carnival and cornucopia of people, products and educational events. One thing that has arisen to the top is that some A&D firms are doing research and data collection that begins to give a much clearer picture of the evolving workplace, something especially needed amidst the fog of marketing hype, half-baked notions and ideas primarily of historical interest. Gensler is one such firm. This year’s informative seminar was from the folks at Gensler Houston, Dean Strombom, who has been generous with his time, talent and experience for NeoCon crowds, and Sven Govaars. Their seminar was entitled You’re not listening. I need an office.
7.15.12 | I relate some impressionistic fragments of this year’s WTF before moving back into our non-NeoCon mode, leaving only the agreeable task of sifting through some of the thoughts emanating from seminars I attended and the annual Teknion panel. Herein we speak of some showrooms, some noteworthy seating, just a little on benching/tables, and textiles.
7.15.12 | Have you thought about our troops lately, you know, those men and women who bear day-to-day hardships that most of us can’t bear to think about (what air conditioning?), let alone risk losing limbs, life and sanity? Office Furniture Partnership, a NJ Kimball Select dealership keeps them in mind with its annual Hugs From Home.
7.2.12 | After the unsatisfying economic outlook delivered by George Erickcek, and the Catch 22 dilemma of fire retardancy by Dr. Graham Peaslee, Mark Strauss, president of Interior Design Media and publisher of Interior Design magazine, delivered an upbeat view of the near-term future. Plus he had beautiful slides!
7.2.12 | More than 600 attendees joined DIFFA/Chicago for its 24th annual Gala, Believe 2012 GardenGala. The verdure-laden fete was held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown - Magnificent Mile, and raised more than $600,000 in revenues to help fund and advance the fight against AIDS.
6.25.12 | The dominant drivers of workplace design will be the overall conception of how workplaces function in very diverse settings and an expanded universe of workers of varying ages, capabilities, limitations and workstyles, and an increasing emphasis on the nature of organizational cultures and behaviors and individual preferences. This year was full of two things also set in motion by Steelcase: collaboration technology, and lounge products to break up what otherwise might be an endless sea of – usually white – desking and benching products.
6.25.12 | It takes many perspectives to begin to absorb the scope of any NeoCon World Trade Fair event, and perhaps even more to start to triangulate to where your interests lie. Industry veteran, guru and consultant Bob Beck offers a few picks of his own including Allsteel’s Beyond walls, Coalesse’s Hosu seating, Davis’s Perch and C.R. Lounge, Jofco’s Ziva, Keilhauer’s Loon and Talk, Knoll’s Antenna Universal Power Collection and Toboggan Chair, the Sedia Jump Seat, Technion’s LOGIQ, and Vanerum Stelter’s I3 Board.
6.17.12 | The Best of NeoCon competition is the most rigorous and important North American contract furnishings evaluation. During NeoCon WTF 2012, the competition bestowed 78 awards in 35 categories. Nucraft's Passport, Gold Award winner in the Conference Room Furniture category, took the top prize as Best of Competition.
6.17.12 | Similar to the inconsonant state of contract interiors today, it is not easy to gather a clear and concise picture of the myriad of trends and thought patterns happening at this year’s NeoCon World Trade Fair in Chicago. By all reactions, there was plenty of positive energy and great expectations of future work from both the design and manufacturing sides of the business.