• Brazo by Haworthwww.haworth.com
LED source 
Recyclable milled-aluminum body 
User can adjust light spill and spread 
Adjustable height and arm 
Freestanding or deskmounted 
Designed by Pablo Pardo
    Brazo by Haworth
    www.haworth.com
    LED source
    Recyclable milled-aluminum body
    User can adjust light spill and spread
    Adjustable height and arm
    Freestanding or deskmounted
    Designed by Pablo Pardo

NeoCon took over the Merchandise Mart in Chicago for three days in early June this year. So big it has its own zip code, the Mart was filled to capacity with new furniture, fabric, carpet, wall coverings, flooring, and more. Couldn't make it? Here's the show in a nutshell.

Numbers

Attendance rose from 50,500 in 2006 to 52,600 this year, making it the most populous NeoCon to date.

Keynote

Zaha Hadid, scheduled to appear as the IIDA keynote speaker, canceled at the last minute, leaving a full auditorium with a scratchy and oft-interrupted satellite phone interview.

Lighting

For the first time ever, a lighting product (Haworth's Brazo, above) won the Best of NeoCon Best of Competition Award from Contract magazine.

Glamour Factor

Word on the street was that things were more subdued this year, with fewer flashy new product releases. Could the residential downturn be reining some companies in?

Exhibitors

More than 1,200 companies exhibited on the show floors at the Mart, in spaces ranging from small temporary booths to newly redone, 20,000-square-foot permanent showrooms.

Education

Registration for continuing education seminars was up 46 percent from last year, and attendees had 123 courses to choose from.

Getting Around

More people means more congestion at an already gridlocked Mart, and this year even the stairs were jammed. Next year might require a new strategy. Antigravity boots?


 

  • Studio IQ by Carnegiewww.carnegiefabrics.com
Textile wallcovering 
Uses no vinyl, chlorine, plasticizers, heavy metals, formaldehyde, or dioxin 
Uses water-based ink and coatings 
Available in eight designs More than 50 standard colorways
    Studio IQ by Carnegie
    www.carnegiefabrics.com
    Textile wallcovering
    Uses no vinyl, chlorine, plasticizers, heavy metals, formaldehyde, or dioxin
    Uses water-based ink and coatings
    Available in eight designs More than 50 standard colorways


  • Color Blox Too by Crossville Tilewww.crossvilleinc.com
Complements existing Color Blox and Color Blox Mosaic collections 
Eight solid and eight striped colorways 
Both solids and stripes available in three sizes 
Can be used for floor, wall, or countertop applications
    Color Blox Too by Crossville Tile
    www.crossvilleinc.com
    Complements existing Color Blox and Color Blox Mosaic collections
    Eight solid and eight striped colorways
    Both solids and stripes available in three sizes
    Can be used for floor, wall, or countertop applications


  • Adept by Allsteelwww.allsteeloffice.com
Return and wing-wall dividers, desking, storage, and supports 
Thin profiles and varied heights 
Integrates with all existing Allsteel systems 
Quick connection points promise fast installation and reconfiguration
    Adept by Allsteel
    www.allsteeloffice.com
    Return and wing-wall dividers, desking, storage, and supports
    Thin profiles and varied heights
    Integrates with all existing Allsteel systems
    "Quick" connection points promise fast installation and reconfiguration


  • Spirit of the Place by Lees Carpetswww.leescarpets.com
Modular carpet tile Four patterns inspired by different cities 
Each pattern available in 12 colors 
Varied texture on each tile ranging from looped pile to full tipshear Encycle backing 
Designed with BMW Group DesignworksUSA
    Spirit of the Place by Lees Carpets
    www.leescarpets.com
    Modular carpet tile Four patterns inspired by different cities
    Each pattern available in 12 colors
    Varied texture on each tile ranging from looped pile to full tipshear "Encycle" backing
    Designed with BMW Group DesignworksUSA


  • Amia chair by Steelcasewww.steelcase.com
Alive seating technology allows more movement and control 
Flexors in the back move with the user 
Uses 30 percent recycled content and is 98 percent recyclable 
Designed by IDEO
    Amia chair by Steelcase
    www.steelcase.com
    "Alive" seating technology allows more movement and control
    Flexors in the back move with the user
    Uses 30 percent recycled content and is 98 percent recyclable
    Designed by IDEO


  • Rottet by Decca Executive Table Desk by Decca Contractwww.deccacontract.com
Quarter-cut wood veneer top 
Data cable storage in both legs 
Storage drawer on one side 
Internal steel support structure 
Angle of edge creates illusion of thinness 
Available in various veneer colors and finishes 
Designed by Lauren Rottet
    Rottet by Decca Executive Table Desk by Decca Contract
    www.deccacontract.com
    Quarter-cut wood veneer top
    Data cable storage in both legs
    Storage drawer on one side
    Internal steel support structure
    Angle of edge creates illusion of thinness
    Available in various veneer colors and finishes
    Designed by Lauren Rottet


  • C2 Climate Control by Herman Millerwww.hermanmiller.com
Heating and cooling device for individual workstations 
Plugs into standard 110- volt outlet 
Uses only 1.5 amps AC current 
Contains Greenguard-certified air filtration system 
No exposed heating coils
    C2 Climate Control by Herman Miller
    www.hermanmiller.com
    Heating and cooling device for individual workstations
    Plugs into standard 110- volt outlet
    Uses only 1.5 amps AC current
    Contains Greenguard-certified air filtration system
    No exposed heating coils


  • Ice by Joel Berman Glass Studioswww.jbermanglass.com
Available in sheets in varied sizes and thicknesses 
Angular design is an abstraction of ice crystals 
Can be used for a variety of indoor and outdoor applications
    Ice by Joel Berman Glass Studios
    www.jbermanglass.com
    Available in sheets in varied sizes and thicknesses
    Angular design is an abstraction of ice crystals
    Can be used for a variety of indoor and outdoor applications


  • Tryk by Tricyclewww.tricycleinc.com
A new type of samplesimulation technology 
No longer just for floor covering, can now be used to create 3-D renderings of fabric, wall covering, floor covering, and other interior surfaces 
Can be used to simulate room environments on websites and in project models
    Tryk by Tricycle
    www.tricycleinc.com
    A new type of samplesimulation technology
    No longer just for floor covering, can now be used to create 3-D renderings of fabric, wall covering, floor covering, and other interior surfaces
    Can be used to simulate room environments on websites and in project models


  • Akira table by Vectawww.vecta.com
Flip-top nesting tables 
Stack compactly with as little as 6 inches between tables 
Height-adjustable 
Power and data access options and modesty panels are available
    Akira table by Vecta
    www.vecta.com
    Flip-top nesting tables
    Stack compactly with as little as 6 inches between tables
    Height-adjustable
    Power and data access options and modesty panels are available