Alfred P. Shaw–designed Merchandise Mart, in Chicago, will be abuzz this week
as the annual NeoCon commercial interiors tradeshow sets up
shop on five of the building’s 16 floors. From June 15 to
17, visitors will see everything from carpet tiles to light fixtures from more
than 700 exhibitors worldwide. Here are a few items that caught our eye in the
lead-up to the event—expect to see more in the coming weeks.
Prism, David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA, for Knoll
A sculptural club chair, ottoman, and side table boast a glossy shell and upholstered seat designed to complement the British architect’s other pieces for Knoll. Prism joins his 2013 Washington Collection, which includes a duo of chairs whose architectural cantilever and geometric lattice—not to mention copper and nickel plating—will be hard to top.
Blueprint Collection, Momentum Group Designer Emanuela Frattini Magnusson—daughter of Italian architect Gianfranco Frattini—developed nine graphic patterns in 56 vivid colorways for Blueprint, a collection of woven upholstery for Momentum. The series references architectural grids, dots, and other geometric forms to create the informal patterns that by name alone—Aldo, Carlo, Lina, and Lloyd, for starters—reveal their inspiration.
Adding power to retrofit spaces can be a challenge—particularly if the area is intended for mobile, collaborative work. To bring outlets off the wall and into the center of workspaces, Steelcase designed Thread, a low-profile track that runs beneath the carpet and connects to a freestanding hub into which users can plug their devices.
BuzziFalls, BuzziSpace The Belgium-based office-furnishings maker, which runs its U.S. operations out of High Point, N.C., has been slowly but surely building out a portfolio of contract pieces featuring its signature felt with a playful twist. The BuzziFalls wall hanging and partition embodies their work while helping to answer the call for privacy and sound mitigation in open-plan spaces.
Storing furniture that is used only on occasion can monopolize precious office real estate. Allseating is expanding its Multi- line of portable chairs for educational and training applications with MultiNester, a nesting chair whose seat folds down rather than up to ease storage. A prototype will be on view at NeoCon.
Wing, Sensitile Systems In Wing, a new luminaire from Sensitile Systems, reflective panels enhance the light provided by integrated LED strips while doubling as décor. Offered in resin, glass, and polycarbonate, the panels can be specified in multiple colors and finishes. The fixture, which has an anodized aluminum frame, can be wall-mounted or suspended. Offered in 12” and 18” widths.
Noble Materials, Shaw Contract
To design its Noble Materials series of tile and broadloom carpets, Shaw looked to charts and diagrams that offered a visual representation of how base metals are turned into noble metals, such as gold, silver, and copper. Its woven construction, a first for the company, allows for a combination of textures, metallic details, and smooth surfaces to round out the new collection.
Hallie Busta is an associate editor of products and technology at ARCHITECT, Architectural Lighting, and Residential Architect. Follow her on Twitter at @HallieBusta.
Hallie Busta is an associate editor of products and technology at ARCHITECT, Architectural Lighting, and Residential Architect. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill school and a LEED Green Associate credential. Previously, she wrote about building-material sales and distribution at Hanley Wood. Follow her on Twitter at @HallieBusta.