The Highlights of NeoCon and DIRTT Chicago 2014

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!

Herman Miller

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.

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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!


Palisade Collection Silver Winner



Herman Miller Awards



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.

Rolled Arm Sofa, Loophole Tables, Domino Storage




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.

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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.


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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.Kai Nucraft Conference Room Furniture Tesano Nucraft Collaborative Collection



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.

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The Modo 1


OFS/First Office

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.

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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.

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Meet Intereum’s PreStruct Team: Get All the DIRTT Here

If you’ve ever doubted the process of prefabricated construction, then you haven’t explored DIRTT close enough. DIRTT stands for ‘doing it right this time’ and has been on a track turning skeptics into believers by delivering a product that can help the trades, that can satisfy the end-user, and that can define any space to be what you want and how you want it.

DIRTT recently celebrated its 10th birthday and while the brand’s mission has remained the same, the flexibility, capabilities, and innovations behind DIRTT continues to thrive. Intereum’s Green Learning Center reflects this in many ways: From collaboration rooms robust with plug and play technology to the private office built out from a previously unusable space – our showroom is full of DIRTT ideas and possibilities.

What you will also surely find at our Green Learning Center is the precursor to any DIRTT product and that is our talented, energized, and knowledgeable PreStruct Team (Prefabricated Structured Solutions).

We pulled up a chair to meet with the PreStruct team to really get to know what makes this team so cool. I mean, who else do you know that does DIRTT DOGG Days, Waffle Wednesdays, and Frosty Fridays?


Leading the team is Patrick MacNabb who joined Intereum in November 2012. In this role, Patrick assists the internal Intereum sales team in presentations, product information and proposals. Projects tend to span all vertical markets, which can make each day challenging and exciting since each project is unique.  “From my first day here, I have felt welcome. Everyone at Intereum does a great job getting new people to feel comfortable right away. Unlike my previous jobs, I feel every day goes by much too quickly.”


In October 2013, Scott Zimmer joined the PreStruct team as our Market Development Director. There’s a very technical component to interior systems that has to be interconnected and in order to make sure there is no disconnect with anything, it’s of great value to work with General Contracts. And that’s what Scott is here to do! Scott formerly worked for a healthcare institution where he managed 60 locations. In his new role, he’s able to connect with industry contacts while educating and promoting the powerful solutions of DIRTT. He definitely is enjoying the camaraderie and talents of each team member.


Cheryl Aspelund is the Project Manager for PreStruct. Her day is full of variety, lots of responsibility, and a ton of laughs. As noted by her coworkers, Cheryl has an infectious laugh and an easygoing spirit, which makes her a great member to have on the team. In addition to projects, Cheryl has one very important responsibility to tend to here:  She has to make sure our DIRTT Breathe Wall plants stay hydrated and looking good. She has recruited others to help so it’s definitely a team bonding moment on Friday afternoons. To catch them in the act is even better! The one thing Cheryl couldn’t live without to do her job is her tape measure with fraction increments. Let’s hope this doesn’t go missing!


Another component that makes Intereum a preferred DIRTT partner is due to our highly skilled and talented crew. Cody Redman is the Head DIRTT Technician. As the foreman, he is responsible for running jobs and keeping projects on track to finish efficiently.  Cody is a certified DIRTT installer, which means he has completed training at DIRTT Calgary. Because of this certification, all of our jobs can be warrantied. Pretty neat!  Being responsible for jobs is a lot of pressure. Fortunately, Cody knows how to troubleshoot and handle any obstacles with his quick thinking, and this has no doubt lead to many rewarding and successful project installations.

Before any project can BE something, you have to create it and we rely on Sara Henkel and our newest design addition, Andrea Roman, to help us out.


Sara Henkel began her design journey at Intereum as a Production Designer with the Healthcare team and then made the jump to DIRTTBag within the last couple of years. As a DIRTT designer, Sara gets to handle projects from their infancy to final installation – and that includes everything in between. It’s a hands-on job and she loves the challenge of it. The mentality that work should be fun, engaging, and rewarding is true for them all and Sara says they accomplish this through their open communication and being supportive of one another.


Andrea Roman is our newest designer for our PreStruct Team! Coming from the architectural world, where the design happens around walls, she expressed how she enjoys discovering how DIRTT becomes a part of the design solution and can transform the client’s present and future needs. Her favorite part of being on the team is definitely the people. “You couldn’t find a more supportive and fun team!”  Outside of work, Andrea can be found creating patterns for Spoonflower, a website that lets you print your own design on multiple different fabric options. Definitely check it out!


As newcomer Andy Dusek has caught on to the PreStruct Team, there is never a dull moment. Andy serves as the Client Services point person for the team and completes this dynamic group!  What works so well for this group is that they all want work to be something they enjoy coming to day in and day out. And for that reason, they are fun, they keep it cool, and they log their priceless moments in a quote book. One of the more recent team building activities Andy recalled was their Waffle Wednesday cooking in the cafe. They make beautiful waffles for each other and other employees. Hilarity ensues!  Andy comments that the one thing he couldn’t live without on the DIRTT team is Cheryl because “she really brings a good balance to the team and I’m happy to have her as a neighbor”.


Counting Footsteps Where It Matters Most

If you had to guess, what distance would you estimate a nurse walks in a 12 hour shift?

A) 1 mile

B) 2 miles

C) 3 miles

D) 4 miles

Well, before we get to the answer, know this:

Herman Miller Healthcare recognizes the importance of nurses’ roles in hospitals and clinics, and wanted to take a step in the right direction by addressing the issue of nurses walking too much. Herman Miller Healthcare sponsored a study that was conducted by the Center for Advanced Design Research & Evaluation (CADRE), Texas Health Research & Education, and HSK, Inc.  The purpose of the study was to better understand how physical design and operations processes interact to influence the total distance nurses walk.

The results revealed that nurses can travel upwards of 4 miles on a 12 hour shift. 4 miles! That’s 16 laps around a track field or the length of 70 football fields!


Over the course of the research, a new measure that realistically predicts nurse walking distance on hospital bed units was identified. While not perfect, this formula does offer architects, nurse leaders, and other hospital leadership an additional means of evaluating the way units, beds, and circulation options are laid out. This calculation is determined by the distance between destinations on the unit floor, multiplied by the number of time each distance is traveled, which results in a realistic prediction of how far nurses walk.

Intereum had the opportunity to work alongside an architect and design firm that addressed this same concept with a local clinic interested in enhancing the patient experience. To do so, they strategically gave exam rooms two doors; one being a traditional swing door and on the other side of the patient room, a DIRTT sliding barn door. By setting up the patient rooms in this manner, the clinic was able to keep the nurse and provider traffic separate from the patient’s pathways. And most importantly, this arrangement cut down the amount of foot traffic for nurses and providers while increasing the ease of communication between staff.

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Another approach to maximizing efficiency at this clinic was the installation of Herman Miller Compass. The 13″ footprint reserved valuable real estate for patients while keeping the essentials for the nurse and provider at their fingertips. In the end, the subtle efficiencies can have a great impact on building relationships with patients while tending to their needs.130208_Intereum_S_047

Lastly, some exciting news was announced about Nemschoff, a Herman Miller Company, and how they are the number one brand in the healthcare furniture market for the third year in a row by Contract magazine. We’re proud to be a dealer that offers furnishings that reflect commitment to people-centered design, high quality, craftsmanship, and products that withstand to the demands of high use environments. Nemschoff_FA_NDC_P_20120618_022_G_720_485

For more information about the Herman Miller Healthcare study, please click here.

Growing in DIRTT

We’re pleased to be revealing a new extension of our DIRTT Green Learning Center. Newly completed is our Bridge conference room, which has incorporated technology by including an 80″ TV, and other features such as a raised DIRTT floor, level 4 Spider Electrical, peek-a-boos, write away tiles, mitered glass and frameless glass doors.

The finished product is beautiful and extremely functional! Here’s a look at how the installation went all the way to the finished product. A special thanks to our DIRTT, AV, and Install teams!



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Rewind of NeoCon 2012

While it may take a few days to recover from the excitement and action-packed NeoCon, it’s all worth it. Tromping around the Merchandise Mart and one will come across an incredible scene of fresh, innovative, and eye-catching furniture, textiles, and more. Here’s a brief run through of the highlights from our experience.

Herman Miller
Weren’t the Alexander Girard textiles beautiful? The pop of color, texture, and the story behind the designer really made for a great reintroduction at NeoCon. Viewing the Herman Miller Collection was a must in the showroom as there was lots to see, touch, feel and relax on. With plenty to explore, Herman Miller also had stations setup for people to join the conversation with the Community Pulse, which was used to survey individuals and provide instant infographic results. Check it out here. Congratulations to Herman Miller, Herman Miller Healthcare and Geiger for their wonderful showrooms and for taking home seven Best of NeoCon Awards!

All around, it was a beautiful showroom and they had beautiful products (ok, and superb flower arrangements). The Tre Stool caught a lot of attention with it’s functionality and form, and the uniqueness of Perch made for an eye-catching and “I gotta try that!” reaction.

We were able to explore their wide array of product that is suitable to meet any needs. From chairs to workstations, we sat in a variety and while taking it all in we were able to rest our feet ever so comfortably.

The color palette of the showroom was popping with the combination of orange, blue and white. If you stopped into Jofco, then you noticed many pieces from the Collective and Ziva collections.   Collective is here in our showroom and it provides a nice collaborative seating area. Ziva addresses the needs of an open environment with multiple configurations and mobile and electrical capabilities.

Nucraft impressed us with their award-winning products: Passport Solo, Passport Duo, Reveal, and Emme. Sleek and sophisticated, this collection integrates technology and purposeful applications to each functional piece it creates.

Once again, DIRTT awes us with their reconfigurable solutions for any environment. Their Chicago Chic theme came to life when you toured their penthouse showroom complete with a stunning view of Chicago. On display was a high-class residential setting, a “chapel” with geometric influences, the Peek-a-Boo wall and table,  and new technological touches to the healthcare side. The creme brulee oatmeal was a nice touch for the early morning tour, too.

NeoCon is just the start of summer activities. Be sure to visit our Facebook page to see what else Intereum is staying busy with!

Neocon 2011: Intereum’s Cheat Sheet

Oh, how one of the biggest design events of the year has crept up on us! We are very excited to see what manufacturers have up their sleeves for Neocon 2011. Some have given us sneak peeks at what is in store for the tradeshow, which will be summarized below, in a list of “must-sees” this year.

Herman Miller

This past year has been full of reveals for Herman Miller, and they will be showing these off in Suite 231 with the theme of “Working Together”. The following products will be highlighted, “Working Together” to provide a harmonious, collaborative environment:


Clockwise from top left: Canvas Office Landscape, SAYL Chairs, Everywhere Tables, Swoop, Compass System, Advo Chairs


  • Everywhere™ Tables: the chameleon of tables – they have a simple, sleek design with multiple size, shape and function options that can go, well, everywhere. You can be sure to see several configurations and applications in the Chicago showroom next week.
  • SAYL™ Chairs: now it is time to experience life unframed yourself! Visit Herman Miller at Neocon and see Yves Behar’s innovative design, inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Advo™ Chairs: This new addition to the Herman Miller portfolio provides a scalable chair at an excellent price point. See the different options for both task and side chairs.
  • Swoop™ Lounge Furniture: It’s all about the curves for this family of seating. They support connection, recreation and relaxation while allowing movement and reconfiguration.
  • Herman Miller Healthcare: Herman Miller Healthcare’s Compass™ System will feature new enhancements such as new storage components, the addition of lighting, and an ADA-compliant sink option. The award-winning modular healthcare system provides a flexible, adaptable interior solution for patients, families and staff.
  • Canvas Office Landscape™: Herman Miller has put a lot of time and effort into making the Canvas Office Landscape™ a holistic approach to the entire office environment. The line supports all workspace types, giving the complete office aesthetic continuity.


Bretford’s showroom will be a very exciting place to visit this year with the reveal of their EDU 2.0 system. EDU 2.0 is the first complete line of powered, modular technology furniture. With this product line, an entire social learning space can be designed with common aesthetics and technology. The line ranges from carts to presentation equipment to soft seating. You can read more on their website press release.


Geiger International has two debuts this year at Neocon, and an excellent showroom layout concept. The experience, called “Collaborative Executive”, takes a visitor through the different environments one office needs to support their workflow through a typical day. Today’s executive requires furniture and technology to support presentation, collaboration and dedication to individual work. Geiger International plans to show an environment that does all three. The furniture manufacturer also plans on revealing the new Sotto executive chair and the Loophole table line, pictured above.


The main event in DIRTT’s showroom at Neocon 2011 is the new Breathe™ Living Modular Wall. The new feature can attach to both DIRTT and conventional walls, and comes in a variety of sizes. True to DIRTT’s agile fashion, plants are easily moved, replaced and removed without disrupting others. The watering system is simple and efficient.

DIRTT will also showcase their product in healthcare environments. Visit them in Chicago to see how DIRTT walls can improve healing, learning, meeting and working with its simplicity, flexibility and agile nature.

For more information on Neocon 2011 or these products, or to schedule an appointment for a showroom tour by our Herman Miller representative at Neocon, please e-mail us at!

A DIRTT Solution

DIRTT Glass Markerboards

DIRTT Glass Markerboards

Working with one of our Healthcare clients on a demountable wall solution stretched DIRTT’s flexibility in a whole new way.  The space was chosen, the dimensions were measured and the product was ordered – all designed for a space to house Manager and Nurse workstations.  Once the product arrived, the client decided that they wanted to change the use of the space to be a Security Room and two offices in the receiving area.  We were able to make this happen by using what was ordered for the original install.  The moral of the story is that DIRTT is as flexible as they’ve been telling us!

DIRTT Solution - Security Room and Offices

DIRTT Solution - Security Room and Offices

Some of the highlights from the install:

  • Used standard DIRTT colors – no COM or color matches
  • Back painted glass markerboards
  • Used antlers to hang Herman Miller Action Office
  • Anodized aluminum trim, connections and door frames
  • Sliding barn doors
  • Clerestory (glass window at the top of the install)
  • The DIRTT ran from the floor to the ceiling

The customer is now using DIRTT in other facilities because it is customizable, flexible and just plain looks good.  We partnered with the construction company, and their Installers were certified and trained in DIRTT.  This means that they have met the number of installations required by DIRTT and have passed an evaluation by a DIRTT technician.

For more information on DIRTT or other solutions, contact us at