Top NeoCon Trend: [Re]Mix of Materials

In our first two NeoCon blog posts, we discussed how color and technology were major players at the showcase. Our final favorite trend takes a look at how mixing materials can take a piece of furniture and completely change it’s look and purpose. Material Mix-Up: Chair Backs While walking around NeoCon, we noticed several manufacturers were showcasing their seating products with unique new details. Specifically, we saw a trend of wood veneers and other casing shells on the back of the chairs. Andreu World’s Best of NeoCon Gold Award-Winning Flex Executive Conference Chair (pictured left) is a great example of the power that mixing materials can have on the aesthetic of the piece. With a walnut veneer back, the Flex Executive adds a special touch to the chairs positioned around the conference table, contrasting with the light gray upholstered fabric seat. Paoli’s CO|HO chairs offer a seating solution that is both comfortable and beautiful, with an exposed […]

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Top NeoCon Trend: Power Everywhere

In talking about trends at NeoCon, one of the most prominent was the integration of power into corporate lounge furniture. For decades, we’ve seen the importance of power and data management in systems furniture but until this showcase, the integration of power in lounge and collaboration pieces were much more uncommon. It seemed that in each showroom our team entered, we found products that made charging mobile devices and electronics easier than ever. Below are some of our favorite pieces that take staying connected to the next level. It’s Electric – Lounge Charging electronics, laptops, and tablets while staying engaged in your work helps to maintain a high level of productivity. Integration of outlets and USB power into lounge furniture allows workers to stay plugged in while collaborating in a think tank or focusing on heads down work. While we saw these types of lounge pieces in nearly every showroom at NeoCon, several struck a cord […]

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Top NeoCon Trend: Emerald City

With this year’s NeoCon Showcase wrapping up today, our team is reflecting on the product debuts, trends, and stand-out showrooms from the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Debuting in 1969, NeoCon has been featuring key products and brands from lighting and flooring to furniture and textiles in the commercial interiors industry for decades. Over the next few days, we’ll be covering the top three trends this year, starting with a pop of color that couldn’t be avoided. Emerald City The color green made a major appearance at this year’s showcase. Whether it was the feature color for furniture pieces or the major accent color, green seemed to be everywhere. In various hues and levels of saturation, we found ourselves “envious” of many of the pieces in this color. One of our favorites included Haworth’s Poppy Chair, a beautiful debut from Patricia Urquiola, shown below (pictured left) in a stunning emerald tone, accompanying Studio Urquiola Tables and Haworth’s Trivati […]

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How 3D Printing Is Being Used in Furniture and Design

Although 3D printing isn’t the newest trend, it’s starting to become more common in widespread markets. In particular, 3D printing is making its way into the design world, used by designers who are creating large-scale, functional furniture and fixtures. The process to create furniture or other items using a 3D printer is pretty simple. It breaks down something like this: a virtual design is created through 3D modeling programs or scanned by a 3D scanner. The scanner then creates layers that fuse together to create the 3-dimensional object. After that, the printer fuses layers of plastics and metals to create the object giving it a unique shape and feel. Designers and architects are taking advantage of this feature and are creating 3D furniture and specific textures. The virtual models that are printed are lightweight and durable. With the 3D modeling program, artists are able to create patterns and complex structures for these furniture pieces. An Italian design team […]

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Workwell + Haworth Collection Collaborate On Design Competition

Last night, Haworth NY and Workwell celebrated the 1st Annual Haworth Collection Design Competition with a party honoring the participating designers and firms. Held at Haworth NY’s Showroom, the event was the culmination of the efforts of five local New York City architecture and design firms to create a space using pieces from the Haworth Collection. The teams were tasked to select one of three design scenarios and utilize pieces from the versatile collection to craft an environment to fit the scenario. With over 75 high-design furniture pieces from Cappellini, Cassina, and Poltrona Frau to choose from, the design teams selected everything from furniture layouts and fabrics to architectural finishes and lighting fixtures. After the sketches were complete, Workwell’s designer Kinya Kasai created full renderings of each of the environments to be judged for the competition. The renderings were then displayed at the event using Haworth’s Bluescape Media Wall, a perfect backdrop to a casual presentation by the […]

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Workwell Attends IIDA NY’s Sustainabile Quilt Auction

Last night, our team (pictured above) attended one of our favorite design industry events of the year – IIDA NY’s Sustainable Quilt Auction. Held at the Open Gallery in NOLITA, a crowd of over 125 participated in the celebration of sustainability and charity in the industry, bidding on quilts constructed from fabric scraps. The quilts, designed by teams compromised of architects, designers, and industry enthusiasts, were largely colorful, intricate and thoughtful in execution. Our team loved learning the inspiration behind each design, as well as the process each team took to get to completion. In addition, proceeds from the quilt bids are going to Be Original Americas, a non-profit that aims to educated and influencing manufacturers, design professionals and related industry members on the importance of original and authentic design. Below are a few of our favorite designs: Team AAAACELincoln’s “Abe” This quilt was one of our favorites, and a clear standout. When standing closely, the colors […]

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