We're still digesting the sights and seats featured at this year's NeoCon, which ran from June 10 to 12 in Chicago. With floor after floor of showrooms, the Merchandise Mart can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned NeoCon attendees. Luckily, the annual conference has no shortage of seating for the weary. Colors, patterns, and plaids were big this year, as was the exploration of new digital, material, and manufacturing technologies in everything from textiles to furniture. Here are eight NeoCon launches and other interior products that caught the attention of our overstimulated eyes.


In shipbuilding, the keel is the boat’s backbone, essential to stability. Industrial designers Jeffrey Bernett and Nicholas Dodziuk created the Keel Lounge Chair for <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Teknion Studio</strong> to represent the shipbuilding industry’s emphasis on good construction. Created for contract and hospitality applications, the chair complements the company’s Spectrum Lounge Series and Fractals Seating Group. It features bright chrome supports and measure 30-1/2" tall by 28" wide and 27" deep. <a href="http://www.www.teknion.com" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">www.teknion.com</a>

Keel Lounge Chair, Teknion Studio
In shipbuilding, the keel is the boat’s backbone, essential to stability. Industrial designers Jeffrey Bernett and Nicholas Dodziuk created the Keel Lounge Chair for Teknion Studio to represent the shipbuilding industry’s emphasis on good construction. Created for contract and hospitality applications, the chair complements the company’s Spectrum Lounge Series and Fractals Seating Group. It features bright chrome supports and measure 30-1/2" tall by 28" wide and 27" deep. www.teknion.com


This seating family by <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Tacchini</strong> is inspired by the childlike use of color and shape found in the work of American painter Ellsworth Kelly. A collaboration among Italian furniture maker Tacchini and three Swedish designers—Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, and Ola Rune—Kelly is appropriate for contract and residential applications. The line includes an easy chair, a lounger, and a high lounge chair. <a href="http://www.tacchini.it" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">tacchini.it</a>

Kelly, Tacchini
This seating family by Tacchini is inspired by the childlike use of color and shape found in the work of American painter Ellsworth Kelly. A collaboration among Italian furniture maker Tacchini and three Swedish designers—Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, and Ola Rune—Kelly is appropriate for contract and residential applications. The line includes an easy chair, a lounger, and a high lounge chair. tacchini.it


BuzziShade, BuzziSpace
A loud party makes intimate conversation difficult, but BuzziSpace may have a solution. As the result of a joint collaboration among four young Belgian furniture designers, BuzziShade reduces external noise levels while illuminating a space. Made of recycled PET plastic and aluminum, the 110-cm-diameter, 60-cm-tall fixture comes in 10 colors and uses an E27 LED bulb. buzzispace.com


Inspired by the natural simplicity of un-dyed wool and linen, Duo and Trio from Interface can be laid out in several patterns, including herringbone and linear designs. When installed in an ashlar coursing, the 25cm-by-1m plank tiles take on a seamless, broadloom-like look. Duo and Trio are made entirely from non-virgin yarn that is combined with reclaimed carpet fiber and salvaged fishing nets. <a href="http://www.interface.com" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">interface.com</a>

Duo and Trio, Interface
Inspired by the natural simplicity of un-dyed wool and linen, Duo and Trio from Interface can be laid out in several patterns, including herringbone and linear designs. When installed in an ashlar coursing, the 25cm-by-1m plank tiles take on a seamless, broadloom-like look. Duo and Trio are made entirely from non-virgin yarn that is combined with reclaimed carpet fiber and salvaged fishing nets. interface.com


Drape and Rise, the first in a planned series of nonwoven textiles from <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Maharam</strong>, are created using polymers embossed to form texture using traditional rollers. Designed by Munich-based industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, the embossed patterns feature a tip-printed color that contrasts that of the textile field; a dye applied to select points in the embossed impression provides added dimensionality. Drape will launch in June, followed by Rise in August. <a href="http://www.maharam.com" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">maharam.com</a>

Drape and Rise, Maharam
Drape and Rise, the first in a planned series of nonwoven textiles from Maharam, are created using polymers embossed to form texture using traditional rollers. Designed by Munich-based industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, the embossed patterns feature a tip-printed color that contrasts that of the textile field; a dye applied to select points in the embossed impression provides added dimensionality. Drape will launch in June, followed by Rise in August. maharam.com


<strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">KI</strong>’s Affina is a patient-friendly collection of seating for healthcare environments. The Greenguard-certified furniture line, which includes a lounge chair, guest chair, and recliner, is made with polyurethane foam and FSC-certified wood. Created by industrial designers Dan Cramer and Paul James, Affina offers field-replaceable components and bleach-tolerant solid surfaces. Available in a variety of wood and metal finishes, with upholstery options from KI textile brands Ingrade and Pallas. <a href="http://www.ki.com" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">ki.com</a>

Affina, KI
KI’s Affina is a patient-friendly collection of seating for healthcare environments. The Greenguard-certified furniture line, which includes a lounge chair, guest chair, and recliner, is made with polyurethane foam and FSC-certified wood. Created by industrial designers Dan Cramer and Paul James, Affina offers field-replaceable components and bleach-tolerant solid surfaces. Available in a variety of wood and metal finishes, with upholstery options from KI textile brands Ingrade and Pallas. ki.com


The Suno Collection, influenced by the fashion world, shares its glamour and energy. A collaboration between Knoll’s luxury fabric division <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Knoll Luxe</strong> and Suno—a fair-trade women’s wear label based in New York—the collection includes seven upholstery and two drapery textiles translated from Suno’s most recent runway collections. Arber, an upholstery fabric printed on cotton velvet, is based on a dress from Suno’s Spring 2012 collection. Besos derives from an Indian embroidery pattern used by Suno in the fall of 2010, while a vintage Art Deco print led to Diamond Days. <a href="http://www.knoll-luxe.com" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">knoll-luxe.com</a>

The Suno Collection, Knoll Luxe
The Suno Collection, influenced by the fashion world, shares its glamour and energy. A collaboration between Knoll’s luxury fabric division Knoll Luxe and Suno—a fair-trade women’s wear label based in New York—the collection includes seven upholstery and two drapery textiles translated from Suno’s most recent runway collections. Arber, an upholstery fabric printed on cotton velvet, is based on a dress from Suno’s Spring 2012 collection. Besos derives from an Indian embroidery pattern used by Suno in the fall of 2010, while a vintage Art Deco print led to Diamond Days. knoll-luxe.com


The Array seating collection—whose name comes from the concept of a matrix, or ordered pattern, found in the languages of computer science—uses geometry to create a visual effect that varies depending on the viewer’s perspective. Designed by Zaha Hadid for <strong xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Poltrona Frau Contract</strong>, the auditorium or theater seat folds diagonally upward when not in use to form a triangle with the back and base. Available this summer. <a href="http://www.poltronafraugroup.com" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">poltronafraugroup.com</a>

Array, Poltrona Frau Contract Division
In computer programming, an array represents a systematic arrangement of objects, and this auditorium seating system, designed by Zaha Hadid for Poltrona Frau Contract Division, aims to achieve a look inspired by geometric precision. Array’s design uses dynamic angles to create visual effects that change according to a viewer’s vantage point. poltronafraugroup.com