i.d.o.’s Best of NEOCON 2011

i.d.o.’s Best of NEOCON 2011

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Once again i.d.o. associates packed up and headed north to Chicago to attend NeoCon 2011. NeoCon is North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, providing over 40,000 architecture and design professionals with the power of design – three days of pure energy, new thinking, new resources, and bursting with new products. Although there are thousands of innovative products and resources for corporate, hospitality, healthcare, retail, government, institutional and residential interiors from more than 700 showrooms and exhibitors, this year we discovered that it was not so much about “product.” For us it was much more about “ideas”… Here’s what captured our interest. Lithoverde – Recycled Stone: Salvatori is renowed both internationally and in the natural stone industry. Now, thanks to its dedicated focus on research and development, it has created Lithoverde, an exclusive product made entirely of recycled stone. “I have always thought it would be wonderful to be able to use all the stone scraps that can be found in the quarries and the workshops, but no one had yet thought of it. I love the fact that Lithoverde means making something beautiful and practical out of something that was previously just scrap. I also like the idea that it is a natural material which allows you to create your own pattern.” John Pawson. Lithoverde is distributed regional by Stone Source Midwest: Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects”: In a presentation by John Snavely, Futurist, visonary and designer at Microsoft and sponsored by Herman Miller, we were taken on a compelling journey that illustrates what the future has in store for how the world of work will shift and change in the next decade and what those changes mean for those actively engaged in the design, indentity and brand of the workplace. One example John provided was the MOMA’s Talk to Me exhibits which explores the communication between people and things. All objects contain information that goes well beyond their immediate use or appearance. In some cases, objects like cell phones and computers exist to provide us with access to complex systems and networks, behaving as gateways and interpreters. Whether openly and actively, or in subtle, subliminal ways, things talk to us, and designers help us develop and improvise the dialogue. Check out this object by Mobile Art Lab called the “PhoneBook” displayed at the exhibits. PhoneBook 3form – Light Art: These iconic light sculptures create arresting showpieces in any space. Light Art Studio Collection features an array of lighting options for time-sensitive and cost-effective solutions – a convenient and efficient way to order Light Art. Heller’s Frank Gehry color collection: The most innovative furniture, created by the world’s most celebrated architect – now in a bouquet of colors. Beautiful and functional, this sofa, easy chair, bench, coffee table and stacking cubes create a stunning group indoors or outside. In 2006, one of the world’s most celebrated architects, Frank Gehry, created a giant flower sculpture, “Le Telephone,” for the French artist Sophie Calle to use in an imaginative art happening on the Pont de Gagliano in Paris. Inspired by the colors of that sculpture, Heller is producing the Gehry Color Collection. Based on the original silver Frank Gehry Furniture Collection, the new colors include magenta, yellow, red, blue, green, black and white brilliantly enhance the cubes’ extraordinary sculptural facets. Appropriate for indoor/outdoor commercial, institutional and residential use. If you attended NeoCon 2011, what products, ideas and innovations captured your interest? Submitted by: Jill Mendoza Images at top: Lithoverde – Recycled Stone Image tweenbots: – An object from MOMA’s “Talk to Me” Exhibit 3-form – Fern Blossom 3-form – Studio Collection Heller – frank-gehry-color-collection

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