The Merchandise Mart was bustling June 9th through June 11th with an estimated 40,000 attendees inspecting the intricate work of about 750 exhibitors for NeoCon 2014. NeoCon allows companies such as Herman Miller, Bernhardt, Nucraft, Geiger, DIRTT and many more to unveil their newest and most innovative products in a three day organized showcase. Therefore, sit back, relax and let’s recap the new products of the exciting NeoCon 2014!
Glancing back to 2013, Herman Miller debuted The Living Office, a concept that helps us create places where we want to go to work. At this year’s show, Herman Miller described six key work motivations that we all need. Appropriately titled ‘Fundamental to All’ , the six key work motivations of a Living Office include security, autonomy, belonging, achievement, status and purpose, which are ideas that encompass important work experiences such as individual, group, cognitive and physical experiences. These particular ideas were derived from informed philosophers, psychologists and primary research. This concept relating to the Living Office and Fundamental to All could be observed in the beautifully crafted Living Office Landscape put together by Herman Miller at NeoCon 2014.
Among these new pieces was Silver Award Winning Healthcare Furniture from Herman Miller Healthcare, Palisade. The Palisade Collection (pictured below) allows for a relaxed and responsive setting which promotes a connection between the patient, friends and family thus creating a sense of comfort and belonging. Congratulations to Herman Miller and Herman Miller Healthcare for winning two awards at this year’s NeoCon 2014!
The concept of a Living Office was portrayed in a Plaza setting for Geiger’s showroom which blew viewers away with two rolled arm sofas, domino storage and loophole tables which create a space that is not only welcoming, but functional, inviting and promotional of a comfortable and collaborative environment.
DIRTT unveiled their new change in perspective called the Enzo Approach at this years DIRTT Chicago 2014. “Modular interiors have historically looked impermanent or temporary because of how they were designed and built,” said DIRTT President Scott Jenkins. “Enzo is a profoundly different approach that builds on the core DIRTT framework and provides a significantly greater increase in design freedom.” Therefore through this new perspective, DIRTT has been shifting their perspective in order to reconceive the idea of Rapid Construction. Alongside such an innovative idea like Enzo, DIRTT also included something in their healthcare showroom that combines innovation and health. Hygreen is a system tailored specifically to specialists who work in hospitals and the field of healthcare. Hygreen reminds these specialists to wash their hands before approaching a patient. The device not only reminds each healthcare provider to wash their hands, it records and documents each hand washing event. It also enables specialists in the healthcare field to provide their services without passing along harmful diseases.
This year at the 2014 NeoCon event, Bernhardt introduced the Mitt, a chair that is based on the form of a baseball glove. This particular design encourages two main purposes; the first being comfort. Mitt offers a more relaxed design which permits the user to sit in various positions comfortably. Second, Mitt provides easy mobility. The tailored leather handle on the back and the weight locking casters makes this chair perfect for individual, group or work settings.
Nucraft recorded two awards at NeoCon 2014 with a Gold Award for conference room furniture (Kai Conference Table) and a Silver Award for collaborative collections (Tesano). These two pieces coincide with Nucraft’s promise of sustainability to the planet. Each piece utilizes the material in a sustainable, sleek and sophisticated way.
Davis, among many others, also had a successful debut at the NeoCon 2014 showcase. Modo won the Gold Award for the category Seating: Benches with its timeless and simple design that can fill the need of nearly any company or entity, ranging from a café to an office space. The Modo’s shape is perfect for just about any space because it aids in the sense of belonging and community. As described by Davis, Modo is the perfect building block for any company looking to refurnish.
OFS/First office won two top tier awards this year at NeoCon 2014, including First Office’s Intermix Work which won gold in flexible office solutions and CSD Studio for OFS received the most votes overall in the category of small collaboration. However, a new launch of the collection Re: by OFS created a buzz, winning an honoree award in the large collaboration category. As described by OFS Brands, Re: spawned from the changing needs and disciplines within the modern workplace. Re: workstations allow for individualistic work while engaging a sense of community. Along with the communal idea, the main goal of the Re: collection is to be able to repurpose the pieces, maintain a reliable work space and diminish the need to purchase new office work station pieces throughout the duration of the work space’s lifetime.
Last but not least, Keilhauer was found among those at NeoCon 2014. Keilhauer emphasizes the idea that the body wants to move. Research surrounding this idea found that men and women tend to sit in different ways. Therefore, in order to satisfy both the needs of men and women, a new chair titled ‘Lo’ by Keilhauer was introduced at NeoCon 2014. This chair is exciting and different because it rests inches above the ground, perfect for the ‘lounge meeting height’ tables of 26 inches. “We’ve known for a long time that meetings don’t always occur at a desk-height meeting table, in a suitably corresponding office chair,” says Mike Keilhauer, President of Keilhauer. “To address these different meeting styles, we’ve developed tables at different heights, but we’ve also designed seating that accommodates the different postures and behaviours we’ve witnessed in the workplace, when people meet spontaneously, or informally. Lo, this delightful and comfortable floor cushion, is our newest addition to this quirky family.” Lo emphasizes a more casual and comfortable business meeting whilst accommodating both genders.