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At NeoCon 2018, the newest commercial furniture was more residential than ever

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At NeoCon 2018, the newest commercial furniture was more residential than ever. Pictured: Shaw Contract's Inside Shapes is a colorful, geometric flooring collection. (Courtesy Shaw Contract)
At NeoCon 2018, the newest commercial furniture was more residential than ever. Pictured: Shaw Contract's Inside Shapes is a colorful, geometric flooring collection. (Courtesy Shaw Contract)

Here we present a selection of highlights from this year’s NeoCon furniture fair at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. This year, contract furniture was comfort-driven and aesthetically-inclined, erring on the side of residential. From a sensory deprivation nap pod to custom CNC-cut geometric flooring, we leave you with some of our favorite discoveries.

(Courtesy Shaw Contract)

Inside Shapes
Shaw Contract

This purveyor of commercial flooring collaborated with Stockholm-based design firm Form Us With Love on an interchangeable flooring solution. With four geometric shapes and 12 colors, the carpet tiles fit together like puzzle pieces. To visualize all the possible iterations, the interactive platform allows users to digitally design and rearrange layouts.

(Courtesy Muuto)

Base High Table
Muuto

Finnish designer Mika Tolvanen designed a thin aluminum-framed high-top work table in ode to Scandinavian wooden tables of the 1950s (e.g. Alvar Aalto’s nesting tables or Hans Wegner’s coffee tables). Available in two standard widths and in two heights respectively, each option is suitable for co-working, impromptu meetings, and a worktop away from your desk.

(Courtesy AllSteel)

Park by Norm Architects
AllSteel

The Copenhagen-based firm Norm Architects designed a collection of seating, tables, storage and accessories for social places in the workplace. The collection includes a wheeled easel and high-low tables, and the varying heights and mobility of all the elements allow for multiple gatherings and simultaneous meetings.

(Courtesy Silence Business Solutions)

La Boîte à rêves
Silence Business Solutions

Aptly dubbed, La Boîte à rêves (The Dream Box) is a timber-clad cocoon outfitted with a touch screen-controlled audiosensory environment. Resting on a memory foam mattress and an ergonomic pillow, haggard employees can “recharge” after a 15-minute light-and-sound show in the luminous audioscape.

(Courtesy Steelcase)

Clipper
Steelcase

Visual distractions can be overstimulating. As a solution, this free-standing folding screen easily clips into a partition. It is available in four sizes to create both individual and group enclosures.

(Courtesy Vitra)

Stool-Tool
Vitra

Combining the form of a chair and table, this step-like platform accommodates different seating heights and arrangements, as well as storage and worktop uses. Stackable and lightweight, this colorful plastic hybrid is outfitted with a cut-out handle for increased mobility.

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