officeinsight Articles on Materials
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®
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.