Best of Neocon Picks – Where Flex meets Function in Office Furniture

Best of Neocon Picks – Where Flex meets Function in Office Furniture

By: Jill Mendoza: Designing today’s office environments to respond easily to change, one has many versatile offerings to choose from.  We found six particularly adaptable options this year at NeoCon 2012, one of the Chicago’s longest-running trade shows. These are IDO’s Best of Neocon Picks! Kaynemaile Seamless Mesh Kaynemaile – is the only company in the world able to make a seamless polycarbonate mesh for the architecture and design markets. The product illustrated to the left is their “Spacemaile”.  Spacemaile offers off-the-shelf systems; a range of flexible and expandable systems, providing shorter lead times, faster installation and greater value.  Other typical applications include, building facades, functional curtains and operable security barriers, 3D spatial screening, illuminated ceilings and large scale feature lighting. Loftwall Wave Divider Screen Loftwall’s recycled aluminum screen features curved surfaces that diffuse sound and light. It measures 78 inches tall, comes in three lengths, and can be connected to other dividers. Available in white, black, orange, yellow, and red. Cost: Starting at $1,090 for a 4-foot-long screen Knoll Toboggan Chair Designed to encourage spontaneous gatherings, the Toboggan Chair has a backrest that doubles as a small desk. The chair, created for Knoll by Antenna Design, has a molded plywood seat and back, and a steel frame. It comes in a variety of colors.  The article, “Slip Into Something More Comfortable,” highlights the demand for both comfortable and functional workplace furnishings. “Office future is now expected to promote emotional satisfaction,” notes The New York Times, Julie Lasky. The Toboggan™ Chair, designed by Antenna Design for Knoll, is “anything but institutional.” Lasky writes, “[Toboggan] is a whimsical chair with a curved backrest when you sit on it one way; turn around, and the backrest functions as a small desk that can support a tablet computer.” Cost: Starting at $375 Coalesse Hosu Chair Hosu, as this happy chair is called, is intended for any easygoing workplace, home offices included. Designed by Patricia Urquiola for Coalesse, it evolved from research suggesting that wherever people commune with their hand-held digital devices, they like to lounge close to the floor and even sprawl a bit. As a result, the chair, which starts at $2,000 and will be available in September though Coalesse’s online store, has a grommet at the base that allows a power cord to be neatly drawn up around the seat, and a pocket at the back for storing a tablet computer. Users are encouraged to wedge a smart phone into the narrow slit that borders the seat cushion. And a convertible version of the chair unfolds so they can recline in a position one might ordinarily equate with sloth. The chair is described Hosu as “a little nest” and “a comfort zone,” characterizations that challenge traditional ideas about work as a serious business that requires serious postures. And Hosu, it turned out, was not the only piece at NeoCon with a laid-back attitude.  Check out our next pick, Ergo Ergo! Ergo Ergo ErgoErgo is a revolutionary seating concept combining the benefits of dynamic sitting with a bold contemporary design. The patent-pending ErgoErgo allows the body to rock gently in any direction to build strength and flexibility. ErgoErgo is intelligent design. Versatile enough to be used at your desk, for breakout meetings, guests, working or relaxing. It promotes wellness and productivity. And it’s comfortable, durable and easy on the budget. Cost: $100 (child’s version $75) Idea Paint There was also a new iteration of IdeaPaint, a product that turns interior walls into erasable whiteboards: Create is a clear coating that can be slathered onto walls of any hue, so that users can maintain a consistent color scheme even if one of the walls in the room has become a giant memo board. (It is sold in kits that cost $225 and cover 50 square feet.)

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