New releases at the NeoCon fair
push boundaries in the workplace.
As the economy rebounds, businesses are
reconsidering their management styles to
stay competitive in the new fiscal reality.
In addition, the dematerialization of work
thanks to new communication technologies,
and the shift to a knowledge-based economy,
mean that designers and manufacturers
are in turn producing new solutions for
the workplace to enhance collaboration
and boost productivity.
This month’s NeoCon fair (June 10–12,
2013) at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago
is the best place in North America to see
the latest trends in office furniture. Shaw’s
hexagonal carpet tile, for example, was
designed with collaborative environments
in mind, one that allows the rug to reflect
the angular, organic seating areas of today’s
workplaces. Haworth has partnered with
Obscura Digital to create Bluescape, a new
cloud-based software and services company
that allows users to collaborate in virtual
spaces. Humanscale has built an ergonomic
task chair with fewer parts than ever before.
Other companies, such as Gubi and HBF,
give a nod to the Mad Men era for their
design inspiration. Here are some new
releases from the fair and beyond that we
think will make for a better workplace.
ANDREU WORLD NE W BRANDY CHAIR
This upholstered chair, by Lievore Altherr Molina,
has an oak board structure covered in flexible
foam and comes with wood or metal bases
in a variety of shapes.
This ceiling system comes in ten standard shapes—
including squares, rectangles, circles, trapezoids,
and hexagons—with a choice of seven colors.
CONFIGURA CET DESIGNER 4.0 SOFTWARE
CET Designer 4.0 helps interior designers specify
manufacturers’ contract furniture products.
The latest version allows designers to create
custom shapes and work surfaces, and features
rendering improvements (above).