NeoCon 2019 Winners

NeoCon 2019 Winners

CONTRACT MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES NEOCON  2019 WINNERS

Every year, Contract Magazine hosts the Best of NeoCon Competition which surveys the latest and greatest in commercial product design and highlights standout entries in various design categories.  The 2019 winners were announced during an awards breakfast on June 10 at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, where eighty-three awards and recognitions   were given, including six Editor’s Choice awards, eight Innovation awards, and a Best of Competition prize.  Below are all winners from this year’s competition. Drumroll and envelopes please!—Here are the Best of NeoCon 2019 winners:

Acoustic Panels & Solutions

Gold: Snowsound: FLAT
Silver: Luxxbox: Linea Acoustic LED Lighting System

Acoustic Privacy & Modular Solutions

Gold: OFS: Leant To
Silver: Framery Acoustics: Framery 2Q


(Image Source – OFS: Leant To)

Architectural & Decorative Glass

Silver: Skyline Design: Oblique & Chevron

Architectural Products

Gold and Best of Competition: OFS: Obeya
Silver: Connectrac: Flex


(Image Source – OFS: Obeya)

Carpet: Broadloom

Gold: Tarkett: Tatami System
Silver: Mohawk Group: Textural Effects

Carpet: Contract Area Rugs

Innovation: Mohawk Group: Connecting Neurons Definity

Carpet: Modular

Gold: Patcraft: Deconstructed Felt
Silver: Shaw Contract: Suited

Case Goods

Gold: HALCON: HALO Office
Silver: Herman Miller: Geiger One Casegoods

Conference Room Furniture

Gold: Nucraft: Alev
Innovation: Tuohy Furniture Corp.: Meich Tables
Silver: Andreu World: Reverse Wood

Education Solutions

Gold: VS America: JUMPER
Silver: Keilhauer: Buncha

Flooring: Hard Surface LVT & Planks

Gold: Patcraft: Handloom
Innovation: Metroflor Corp.: Metroforms with Attraxion Magnetic Attachment Technology
Silver: Milliken & Co.: Change Agent LVT

Furniture Collections for Collaboration

Gold: Steelcase: Flex Collection
Innovation: Teknion: Bene Box
Silver: STYLEX: Free Address


(Image Source – STYLEX: Free Address)

Furniture Systems & Enhancements

Gold: Watson Furniture Group: Cloud 9 Rail
Silver: HALCON: HALO Office

Furniture: Benching

Gold: Innovant: Cross Benching

Healthcare Fabrics & Textiles

Gold: Designtex: Biophilia 2.0
Silver: CF Stinson: Chiaroscuro Collection

Healthcare Flooring

Gold: Teknoflor: Coordination Collection
Silver: Mohawk Group: True Hues

Healthcare Guest & Lounge Seating

Gold: Kwalu: Prizzi Lounge
Healthcare Patient Seating
Silver: Spec Furniture: Tailor HD

Lighting: Decorative & Hospitality

Gold: Eaton: Shaper Sense Acoustic LED Luminaires
Silver: LightArt: Acoustic Wing

Lounge Furniture Collections

Gold: Haworth Inc.: Cabana Lounge
Silver: Andreu World: Rap Sofa

Movable Walls

Gold: Teknion: Tek Vue
Silver: Allsteel: Beyond Pavilion

Office Accessories

Gold: Allsteel: Radii
Silver: Watson Furniture Group: Cloud 9 Cart and Garage

Seating: Bar Stools

Editors’ Choice: Martin Brattrud: Cumbia
Gold: Davis Furniture Industries: Muse Barstool

Seating: Benches

Editors’ Choice: Nienkämper: Heartbeat
Gold: Green Furniture Concept: Nova C Perch
Silver: Allermuir: Axyl Bench


(Image Source – Allermuir: Axyl Bench)

Seating: Conference

Gold: OFS: Kasura
Silver: Davis Furniture Industries: M75

Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task

Gold: via seating: Younique
Silver: Nightingale Corp.: NLC


(Image Source – Via Seating: Younique)

Seating: Guest

Gold: Allermuir: Kin
Silver: Andreu World: Gala

Seating: Outdoor Contract & Hospitality

Silver: Andreu World: Nuez Outdoor

Seating: Sofas & Lounge

Gold: Andreu World: Rap sofa
Silver: Green Furniture Concept: Nova C Recliner

Seating: Stacking

Gold: Sandler Seating: HDS 1.1
Silver: SitOnIt Seating | IDEON: Mika


(Image Source – SitOnIt Seating: Mika)

Signage & Wayfinding

Gold: Takeform: Lucid Refined Interior Signage
Silver: 2/90 Sign Systems: SafeCare Signs

Space Dividers/Partitions/Screens

Gold: Clarus Glassboards: Flex Wall
Silver: Naava: Naava Flow

Tables: Communal & Task

Gold: Nucraft: Epono
Silver: Davis Furniture Industries: Inform


(Image Source – Nucraft: Epono)

Tables: Height-Adjustable/Training/Work

Editors’ Choice: Versteel: Sky
Gold: Watson Furniture Group: Cloud 9 Desk
Silver: Senator International: Array


(Image Source – Senator International: Array)

Tables: Occasional

Editors’ Choice: Studio TK: Freehand Occasional Tables
Gold: Nucraft: Alev
Innovation: Davis Furniture Industries: Lift


(Image Source – Studio TK: Freehand Occasional Tables)

Technology-Integrated Solutions

Gold: Steelcase: Roam
Innovation: Connectrac: Flex
Silver: National Lighting: Revive

Textiles: Upholstery

Editors’ Choice: Wolf Gordon: VEER
Editors’ Choice: Luum Textiles: Future Tense Collection
Gold: HBF: Lost & Found
Innovation: Haworth Inc.: Haworth Knits
Silver: Momentum Group: Architectural Textures Collection

Wall Treatments

Innovation: Momentum Group: Woven Silica
Silver: Designtex: Metallic Wallcoverings

Workplace Technologies

Gold: CF Stinson: designMix with colorAI
Silver: FreeAxez: Gridd Mobile

See NeoCon 2018 Winners
Resources: www.contractdesign.com

New VS Used Office Furniture Checklist Revealed

Choosing Between Buying New Vs Used Office Furniture

Buying office furniture is a cost of being in business. When faced with purchasing new vs used office furniture such as desks, chairs, tables, cabinets, etc., make sure to use strategic thinking to make decisions. Money isn’t the only benchmark that determines the value of a purchase.

Other key considerations include how furniture reflects the company brand in addition to how it supports the staff in getting the job done. Do a cost-benefit analysis of buying new versus used by laying out key parameters.

Money

Let’s face it. Managing cash flow is critical for business success so the idea of buying used furniture at prices much lower than new is tempting. Money can be spent on other, more important things like bonuses or marketing to promote goods and services.

But wait. It’s important to define new and used.

The cost of new quality office furniture isn’t that much greater than used quality office furniture. New is backed by warranties while used comes under the warning of “what you see is what you get.”

New office furniture products like chairs and shelving that are found in the Big Box retail outlets may actually cost less than used furniture that’s made with care by a reputable manufacturer. The reason is that Big Box items are made for a limited life.

Plus, new furniture may have innovations that the old doesn’t, such as seats that adjust to a person’s weight and movements.

Functionality

Purchasing new office furniture can make it easy to plan work spaces with pieces that are clearly related and fit together, a benefit for employees who work in collaboration with each other. Buying used doesn’t lend itself to an enhanced design.

Workstations can be put together in logical fashion with new furniture and height-adjustable desks properly selected.

Productivity and Employee Health

New furniture is designed to enhance productivity. A chair is not just a chair. Ergonomic chairs, and workstations that place a computer at a proper eye level reduce the strain on the neck and shoulder muscles.

Which staff may be susceptible to bad backs or already have aches and pains? An inexpensive office chair that’s picked up for forty or fifty dollars could aggravate the situation and lead to missed time at the office.

Brand

Buying new can enhance a company’s brand both internally and to customers. It shows a commitment to excellence and can foster a positive attitude, while buying used furniture can look put together one piece at a time and display a “reactive” approach versus a “proactive” approach.

The decision truly does go beyond merely comparing the price tags of buying new vs used office furniture.  Understanding what’s behind a lower price tag is key. Less money may be spent on the purchase, but there are no real benefits while leading to other, unseen costs.

Determine your needs, browse the product categories, and invite 2010 Office Furniture to share their experience of more than 40 years, selecting furniture that enhance the office experience for major corporations and start-ups throughout Southern California.

Read Also:  Office Design & Employee Satisfaction: Is Your Modern Office Modern Enough  

Image Source: Hon

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017 – GREENERY

Spring is back! — And there’s no better time to look to Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017 for inspiration.  Put away those cold, wintery dark grays and navy blues back to storage.  Instead, burst forth with all things bright and lively.  The sun is out again and it’s time for some Greenery!

Greenery: The Color of the Year 2017

Greenery is a zesty and invigorating hue of yellow-green that recalls the first days of spring.  As the color symbolic of Mother Nature, this fresh verdant shade awakens the senses and brings you back to the great outdoors.  It evokes feelings of revitalization, restoration and renewal.  Think of lush and green forests foliage, the smell of freshly cut grass, or a dewy crisp morning in your vegetable garden.  Or better yet, think of a warm sunny afternoon with a delightful pitcher of refreshing mint mojito while at your back porch.  Whatever you envision, Greenery brings you back to nature and quenches your thirst to reconnect with the natural beauty and intrinsic unity of outside world.

Going Green at the Office

Inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017, 2010 Office Furniture unveils an exciting collection of office furniture that celebrates the return of spring and everything Greenery!  You’re sure to find something you’ll love that will have everyone just pea green with envy!

From left to right/top to bottom: Inspire team creativity and boost office productivity with open-plan benching, TEAMWORX from Deskmakers.  Experience a higher level of ergonomic support and comfort with AGILE seating by First Office.  Create stylish and collaborative spaces with Artopex DOWNTOWN.   Make a great first impression with Global’s ultra-chic lounge seating, RIVER.  Add MODELLO STOOLS by Loewenstein to your office seating and offer a variety of heights that’s gorgeous from every angle.  Organize and maximize storage space with BRIGADE Hon filing cabinets.

About Pantone

As the world authority on color, Pantone set the standard language for color, and facilitates communication between designers, manufacturers, retailers and customers.  Every year Pantone selects a color that represents the current global culture and expresses the mood, feeling and attitude of our world community.