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.
Attendance rose from 50,500 in 2006 to 52,600 this year, making it the most populous NeoCon to date.
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.
For the first time ever, a lighting product (Haworth's Brazo, above) won the Best of NeoCon Best of Competition Award from Contract magazine.
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?
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.
Registration for continuing education seminars was up 46 percent from last year, and attendees had 123 courses to choose from.
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?
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
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
"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
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
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
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
Flip-top nesting tables
Stack compactly with as little as 6 inches between tables
Power and data access options and modesty panels are available