The future of office furniture? NeoCon 2015 review

NeoCon is a large commercial interiors show in Chicago, which every year attracts a global audience and exhibitors including Knoll, Vitra and Herman Miller.

We take a look at products that caught our eye and those of the judges at the NeoCon 2015 awards.

Brody by Steelcase

Brody is a work lounge from Steelcase that is designed to be good for your body and your brain. It was inspired by watching students at Grand Valley State University in Michigan moving furniture around to create the perfect study environment – improving their comfort and reducing distractions.

This concept of being distracted from tasks at home, at university and in the office is not new with Steelcase research revealing that in a typical day, workers and students get interrupted every 11 minutes.

Markus McKenna, design director for Steelcase explains: “To be human is to be distracted. We’re not undisciplined or scatter-brained – we’re overwhelmed. We often work and learn in very open spaces, leaving us feeling vulnerable and over exposed.”

BuzziFalls by BuzziSpace

BuzziFalls are felt dividers that can be suspended from an office ceiling and a colourful alternative to glass partitions. The product won a Gold Award at NeoCon 2015 and BuzziSpace describes the product as: “a playful solution to regulate sounds and create smaller areas in big spaces.”

 

Coming to NeoCon

“NeoCon works for us. It is an effective way to see new products and emerging trends, as well as reaching out to and catching up with our partners.” explains K2 Space managing director Mark Phillips.

K2 Space has a long relationship with a number of North American furniture brands including Innovant, Kimball Office and Natio


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