Getting excited for NeoCon? AN is. In fact, AN product editor Emily Hooper was so eager to see the latest design products for commercial interiors that she prepared this preview of some of best chairs, casegood systems, and acoustical panels that will be on view this year in Chicago.
To meet the needs of the nomadic workforce, Coalesse tapped Milan-based Toan Nguyen to design the Lagunitas line. Made to accommodate a solitary task session, a working lunch, or a brief touchdown to check emails, the collection features more than 50 combinations of seating, tables, and privacy screens perfect for laidback productivity.
Andreu World America
The Lineal Corporate line of seating for public and office spaces presents function and elegance in proportional dimensions. Originally available only with a cantilevered chrome base, the collection’s 2013 update offers a star base, with or without wheels, that facilitates a swivel return system on a central adjustable base.
The challenge of crafting flexible and individual work zones in an open concept office is met nimbly by Engaging, a freestanding screen with writable surfaces. A lightweight aluminum frame on swivel castors or glides facilitates easy repositioning by its users while providing strength to support up to a 50-inch display monitor.
Ace Lazer Cut Hi-Res Wood
High-resolution photographs of authentic wood grain create compelling visuals for the Lazer Cut Hi-Res Woods collection. Layering images between the panels of 3Form’s Varia Ecoresin creates varying degrees of translucency that are unachievable with real wood. The product is GreenGuard certified for building materials, finishes and furnishings, and children and schools.
Us Chair Wood Base
American Seating Company
Industrial designer Jeff Weber and renowned colorist Laura Guido-Clark co-designed the Us Chair Wood Base for corporate, educational, hospitality, and healthcare environments. More than 430 fabric offerings are available on 15 shell colors, and the base is available in Ash or Walnut variations. The chair measures 33 15/16 inches high and 19 inches wide.
JANUS et Cie
The Hopper bench features a twist in the frame of the legs that makes the picnic table-style design more user friendly, as well as suitable for ganging. Constructed from Iroko wood on a galvanized steel frame, or an aluminum frame with a red, white, or earth powder coat. It comes in four sizes, with or without a solar shade, and seats up to 10 people.
Informed by a global workplace study of 2,000 people in a wide range of postures, the Gesture chair facilitates ease of movement between multiple technology devices. A synchronized motion system for the back provides consistent support as the user transitions from the desktop computer to mobile device and a flexible seat accommodates multiple positions.
Eames Molded Wood Side Chair
Technology has finally caught up to the vision of Charles and Ray Eames. Three dimensional veneer processes have made it possible to fabricate the design duo’s iconic Molded Chair, previously only available in steel and molded plastic, in a single, curved wooden shell. Santos palisander, white ash, and walnut looks are available on a wire, dowel, or four-legged base.
Designed by Andrew Cliffe for ICF Group, the hyperbolic curves of the Moov Acoustic wall system facilitate maximum sound absorbency with strong visual appeal. And with an integrated sound chamber, the system absorbs sound at multiple frequency levels for a 90 percent NRC rating. It is available in 15 colors.
David Ritch and Mark Saffell of 5d Studio designed Float to embody the principles of modern sculpture, while handling the functional demands of the workplace. The line incorporates a light and airy casegood system with a full-height workwall balanced by lower level cabinets and a peninsula desk that rests on a thin stainless steel base.
New York City–based architecture firm Corgan Associates has reimagined houndstooth patterns and boucle textures in the Refined Collection of carpets. Classic patterns are layered in unexpected combinations for a fresh look, while variations in gradation lend a polished feel. Available in both modular and broadloom weaves, the collection features between 10 percent and 40 percent recycled content.
Robert Allen Contract
A partnership between Robert Allen Contract and DwellStudio resulted in the Metallic Yarns line of the Modern Couture textile collection. Plaids, stripes, checks, and ikats are rendered in a broad color palette with metallic flecks and accents. Sunbrella Contract fibers make the collection perfect for a range of indoor and outdoor applications, from upholstered walls to wrapped panels.