officeinsight Articles on Materials
1.12.15 | As we kick off a new year at officeinsight, we take a look back at what all transpired throughout 2014. As it turns out, that’s a lot! Progressive concepts such as evidence based design and active design have become much more mainstream, and the idea of providing office workers with choices among workspace types is gaining momentum. Contract furniture companies also spearheaded a trend of expansion into the education, healthcare, and residential/consumer markets.
7.21.14 | Collaboration is a fine concept, but it can be messy at times, too, often taking exceptional effort, patience and understanding among collaborators to achieve a great result. The latest debut of additions to the Goes Not Matches collection, designed by HOK Product Design as a collection of finishes that “go but do not match” for the healthcare market, is perhaps the purest example of successful collaboration the industry could hope for in product design and development.
7.21.14 | In the third installment of a three-part series, Robert Allen, architect, interior design professor and furniture designer, reviews four final products that debuted at NeoCon 2014 which he considers superior: Freedman Chair by Simon Freedman, Nessel by Geiger, Mitt by Bernhardt Design, and CP 1 and CP 2 Bench and Ottoman Collection by Bernhardt Design. Mr. Allen often reviews products that fall outside the larger, well-publicized product launches and we think his observations expand our understanding of both the products he reviews and of the processes and considerations of product design in general.
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.
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.
6.23.14 | 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.
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