officeinsight Articles on Events
7.14.14 | In the second installment of a three-part series, Robert Allen, architect, interior design professor and furniture designer, reviews four products that debuted at NeoCon 2014 which he considers superior: Connected by LightArt/3 Form, Zeroquindici.015 by Diemmebi, Molo benchwall+thinwall by Molo, and Agora Conference and Collaboration by Rouillard. Mr. Allen’s observations, found in officeinsight’s product design section, expand our understanding of both the products he reviews and of the processes and considerations of product design in general.
7.14.14 | For many design professionals, NeoCon is a meeting of the minds, taking place amidst thoughtfully curated seminars spanning the show. Officeinsight contributor Peter Carey attended a panel discussion, Shattering the Glass Ceiling in Architecture: One Firm’s Quest for Gender Equality in the Workplace, consisting of panelists who were all from the Baltimore, MD, office of design and planning firm Ayers Saint Gross (ASG). The discussion revolved around gender imbalances that exist in the architecture and design industry and the effective solutions ASG are implementing.
7.7.14 | The occasion of NeoCon brings more members of BIFMA to the same place at the same time than any other event of the year, so the tradition of having the BIFMA Annual Membership Meeting at breakfast on the last day of NeoCon makes perfect sense. officeinsight recounts the meat of this year’s meeting, including a “State of the Association” address by BIFMA Executive Director Tom Reardon discussing its levelR sustainability standard, new initiatives regarding statistical reporting, and the results of its recent collaborative research with IIDA on the relationship between workplace design and worker productivity.
6.30.14 | The Best of NeoCon Competition conducted annually by Contract magazine is one that embodies enough effort in the judging to gather regard of a higher level. While officeinsight founder Brad Powell could not attend NeoCon this year, he made sure to take part in the fun by interviewing The McMorrow Reports for Facilities Management Editor Eileen McMorrow, charged by Contract magazine with organizing and conducting the Best of NeoCon Competition, on the fascinating details behind winning NeoCon Gold and Silver.
6.30.14 | In his new position at OFS Brands as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Ryan Menke wanted to achieve at NeoCon 2014 something beyond what had previously been accomplished. The “Balance, Productivity, and Inspiration” themed OFS Brands NeoCon 2014 showroom, designed by VOA Associates, on the 11th floor of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago had just the right mix of heritage shine, new product and future-seeker vision.
6.23.14 | Our Delights of NeoCon is not meant as a competition of any sort. Rather, It’s an assemblage of things that struck officeinsight reporters as personally delightful, a sort of pleasurable gut reaction, something that may give those unable to attend an additional sense of our experiences. In general, NeoCon 2014 was full of fresh and fun ideas; boundless exuberance was a recurring emotion in showrooms and hallways across the Merchandise Mart (this was especially notable since growth in contract furniture has yet to achieve its near-term promise).
6.23.14 | To be new at an industry affair such as NeoCon is a wonderful, dizzying experience. officeinsight editor Mallory Jindra takes stock of her first trip to the Mecca of contract furniture. “Perhaps,” she observes, “the most impressionable note I took away from NeoCon 2014 was the welcoming, genuinely content quality of the people in the A&D industry.”
6.23.14 | Arguably the best way to experience the range of products and design themes of NeoCon every year is to serve on Contract magazine’s Best of NeoCon product jury. As one of the jurors at Best of NeoCon 2014, Peter Carey shares his insight into the process of evaluating more than 400 product entries spread out over nine jury teams in just three and a half days.
The Best of NeoCon 2014 competition of contract furnishings products recognized 87 products in 41 categories. The honors included six Innovation Awards and six Editors' Choice Awards. For the second consecutive year, Haworth received NeoCon’s highest honor, the Best of Competition Award, this year for its Openest Collection by Studio Urquiola. Openest also received the Gold Award in Collaborative Collections, a new category created this year. Inscape, with its new CEO James Stelter at the helm, won four Gold Awards and one Silver Award. Knoll and KnollTextiles together received three Gold and two Silver Awards. HNI Corp. subsidiaries together won six awards, while Steelcase and its subsidiaries received four awards.
6.9.14 | At NeoCon 2014, after barely four months at the helm, new Inscape CEO Jim Stelter has energized the Inscape landscape. Through a combination of projects already underway when he arrived and international contacts of his own, Mr. Stelter and his new team will be launching eight new product lines, five of which they have entered in the Best of NeoCon competition. Perhaps most notable is the company’s first ever office seating line AGIA.