So I am lucky that Neocon happened(Last Week) when it did! It can be a bit overwhelming visually and spatially so I was glad to have a focus. I saw many new materials and designs that will inspire me... I was also impressed by the way a lot of companies investigate and explore how the way we work is changing. The new office worker is more flexible and mobile and designers are reflecting and responding with creative solutions. There is also an ongoing ergonomic challenge when designing for office workers who are increasingly sedentary yet constantly mobile. A work force that is slowly replacing the typical office model with flex-work or work at home.
Izzy, Jofco and AllSteel all presented furniture to inspire creativity and productivity for Modern Man's "Meeter and Gatherer". Coaless offer's a warm, rich, mid century influenced line of furniture suitable for the very best "work cave". Also notable was the Davies Office refurbishing which showed some clever and whimsical examples of re-manufacturing. I have also include in my images below a photo I took of a healthcare exhibit of IOA. I really loved how cheerful and happy the design was and so unlike any health care environment I had ever experienced.
I did see a lot of White everywhere... workstations, table and chair bases, lighting, flooring, etc... and I noticed a variety of different companies showing desks with mitered frame bases... I also saw a lot of aerodynamic forms with very futuristic overtones... and of course Mid Century modern is still going strong and in some ways evolving... I do regret not visiting the third floor during Neocon, but I will be venturing there within the next few weeks, especially to Herman Miller to view their Canvas line.
Knoll's Antenna workspace and it's sexy curved privacy screen.... perfect to lean over and perfectly modern finishes!
Jofco's funky seating would be great for that creative nook.
What my office needs.... a Steelcase Treadmill desk!
A cardboard work station display from Davies....
Notice the unique privacy screen in the shape of a flower, which seemed to be an important
motif for their new line.
Again Davies, and the flower motif echoed in their chalk board table...
I love this for any creative office or daycare space.
IOA Health Care Furniture had one of the most cheerful and stylish collections
that I have ever seen for Health Care furniture.
Actiu, from Spain.... Delightfully minimal and lightweight... showing a mitered edge detail
that kept cropping up everywhere.
Chilewich introduced their new line of window shades, it's absolutely beautiful in person!
AllSteel's Rise seating from their Gather Collection... Launching on Monday, so you get a sneak preview here
For some reason I think this would be great seating for a high school or college class room setting... Also,
perfect for those informal meeting areas.
Touhy's sleek minimal Prato line stood out with it sophisticated simplicity
Touhy's ZI line offers an elegant solution for any media driven conference setting.
At Izzy... A unique "think tank" seating with sliding work surfaces....
Made me think "Creative cage match"
The Izzy showroom was all about fun and color....I love how they styled the shelves.
Private office doors at Coalesses' showroom....
Has the feel of a sort of steel Shoji screen... and also makes use of
amazing sliding barn door hardware I plan to use in my next project!
An office at Coalesse that truly exemplifies the way we work today...
It also has that "Man Cave" feel....I love this room!
MAI's sliding door system is a great option for my next project!