By: Terin Jaggard I am very excited to attend Neocon this year, but since my time at the Mart will be limited, I want to be sure to see all the best showrooms. Looking at “The Best of Neocon” from 2013 and 2012 according to Contract Magazine, I see a few trends as far as manufacturers with winning products. The overall “winners”, Teknion and Steelcase, were awarded 8 and 9 medals respectively over the past 2 years, assuming Coalesse’s awards fall under Steelcase as well. In general, furniture manufacturers with lines spanning multiple categories seem to have the most awards (i.e. Knoll, Andreu World, Herman Miller and Allsteel) perhaps simply because they have more products to compete. However, there are a few exceptions to that rule. For example, Seeyond Inc. has received 3 awards in the past 2 years with a relatively specialized product line. Tandus also appears to be doing very well with 5 awards in 2012 and 2013, all in flooring categories. It will be interesting to see if the previous year “giants” will hold their place in the Best of Neocon 2014!