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Office space: 6 ergonomic task chairs

Although the office has evolved to be many things with the advent of creative, collaborative spaces, standing desks, and remote working, there is one workplace constant: the task chair. Rolling to-and-fro at a desk nearby, these six chairs on casters are designed for comfort and durability. (Courtesy Humanscale) Diffrient Smart Chair Humanscale "So striking in mesh," says almost no one. This chair is the exception, featuring a tri-panel, u-shaped mesh backing that encourages ergonomic postures. Nuova Contessa Teknion This chair was designed to encourage sitters to move and change positions to optimize their workflow. To fall in line with the office aesthetic, it is offered as an all-mesh model or with mesh back and upholstered seat in a spectrum of workplace-ready hues. Elephant with casters Kristalia Like the the largest land mammals that inspired its form, this chair is sturdy with a stiff polyurethane structure, yet soft to the touch. It is available in upholstered fabrics by Kvadrat, or in hide with visible stitching that emulates an elephant’s backside.
BuzziBounce BuzziSpace Rock n’ roll! Shaped like the letter S, BuzziBounce’s tubular steel frame offers a spring-like “bounce” when sitting. Bringing movement to an otherwise static workday, the effect also provides the appearance and feeling of weightlessness, in a full range of bright and pared-down colorways. X3 X-Chair Tired from sitting? This chair tends to all those problem areas with an adjustable backrest height, a dynamic lumbar support, and an independently adjustable head and neck rest. Notably, the chair supports the user’s weight with Advanced Tensile Recovery fabric, a multilayered knot polymer whose support system was inspired by flying buttresses. Lyric  Allsteel Wolfgang Deisig, founder of the Berlin-based studio Deisig Design, designed this task chair to fit in with other office furniture, yet stand out with brilliant pops of color. It is offered as a mid-back or high-back chair, in standard or large-and-tall sizes.
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Specsheet>The latest in stylish contract seating

Versatile contract seating offers comfort, durability, and high style. Trea Humanscale Reminiscent of the vertebrae in the human spine, Trea is designed to protect the body. The subtle curve and pivoting backrest provide the user with a natural reclining position that maximizes comfort. Available with three different base options, this Todd Bracher design is now offered with upholstered seats. Telo Lounge Sebastian Herkner for Cappellini This multipurpose lounge-table combo can stand alone or be combined to create informal meeting spaces or larger rows ideal for waiting rooms and lounges. Sebastian Herkner’s design for Telo was inspired by the camp seats he experienced in Afrikaans lodges; it's available in four stainless-steel color options and grosgrain upholstery. Jif Allseating This multipurpose stool has the ability to keep people moving, which in turn increases productivity. A “waterfall edge” provides relief to hamstrings, while the sway base engages the core and promotes active sitting, a major component of Allseating’s product development philosophy. Soft Modular Sofa Jasper Morrison for Vitra A nod to art deco, the Soft Modular Sofa by Jasper Morrison plays off his approach to “super normal,” a term he coined to illustrate that pieces should be “understated, useful, and responsible.” The low-slung sofa could easily fit in any home and is constructed with a spring core and various foams to ensure that it maintains its shape in high-traffic settings. Caprice Chair Philippe Starck for Cassina Philippe Starck’s classic Caprice chair has been updated for contract applications—with the intention of combining the comfort of an office chair and the elegance of a dining seat. The sleek shell is now available with a four-spoke base that can be specified with or without wheels, and a flared support that can be customized in two new matte shades: white and mud. Enea Cafe Stool Coalesse and Enea Available in bar and counter heights, the Cafe stool’s wood legs add a bit of warmth to hospitality or workplace environments. The new styles are available with polypropylene, wood, or upholstered seats with a natural oak base.

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The Future is Now: Here’s what caught our eye at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show

This month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) brought more than 170,000 attendees to visit over 3,600 exhibitors. Navigating a sea of similar tech products may seem overwhelming, but there are a few products to note within the realms of smart home technology, 3D printing, and electronics to improve one’s health. House of the Future Nearly a Reality Still no self-cleaning floors, but a Jetson-like future is not far off with systems like Vivint, which syncs most of the controls in your home to your smartphone. Not only do these systems offer doorbell and ping security cameras that include two-way talk, you can also control the garage door, lighting, temperature, and DVR remotely. The newest addition to the Vivant family is the integration of Kwikset Smart Locks, the Nest Learning Thermostat, and the Amazon Echo. To keep things clean top to bottom, WINBOT is a new robot that cleans framed and frameless windows as well as horizontal glass surfaces and mirrors. All you have to do is spritz the cleaning pad, switch it on, and place it on the window. The bot does the rest by automatically scanning and calculating the size of the window or surface. Samsung debuted the Family Hub Refrigerator that brings a bunch of sci-fi tech to real life. With a 21.5-inch HD LCD display on the exterior, you can post family photos and calendars as well as stream music and watch live TV; so you never have to miss a moment of the big game or award show while refilling on snacks. One of the most impressive features is the set of three interior cameras that take photos every time the door is closed. Next time you are at the grocery store and can’t remember if you are out of milk, just peer inside the fridge from your smartphone screen. Skydrop, the new smart sprinkler controller, monitors local weather data and automatically sets the perfect time and amount of water its yard receives. The system can reduce water usage by 50 percent, which saves money while aiding the environment. Let’s Get Physical  Knowing how many steps walked or calories burned in a day is so yesterday. With iHealth’s collection of medical-tech accessories, users can monitor every aspect of their health including blood pressure, glucose levels; weight and BMI; sleep, and blood oxygen levels. With the MyVitals app all data can be viewed in one place and easily shared. Swarovski has released activity tracking jewelry, called Shine, that transforms from watch to necklace to bracelet all while wirelessly syncing with the wearer’s smart phone. Humanscale has created two products that work in tandem to increase productivity and psychical activity in the workplace. The QuickStand Lite transforms any fixed-height desk into a standing desk, and can be moved easily allowing for users to sit or stand as often as necessary. The OfficeIQ was created in collaboration with Tome Software and uses sensor technology to gather data on sit-stand use. It measures caloric expenditure and sends real time notifications to users, reminding them when they have been seated too long. Print it Out 3DSystems recently released CubePro, a large-format printer that makes printing professional quality models at home a snap. Especially with new printing materials that include nylon, rinse-away support, and wood composite materials. The Nylon material is a flexible and long-lasting medium for functional prototyping. Rinse-Away allows designers to achieve intricate patterns that are easy to remove and leave no“support stubble”” residue. Lastly, its wood composite material can be sanded, nailed, drilled, stained, and painted to make artistic creations. Big news for those of us who are not in the position to buy large-scale printing devices, or have too much work for a home printer to handle. UPS is now offering over 60 printing locations in the U.S. that can quickly and efficiently turn 3D files into models.
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NeoCon Wrap-Up

NeoCon may not have the hipster cachet of ICFF or the design world glamour of Milan's Salone, but every year I come away from Chicago's Merchandise Mart having seen a lot of great products, and am reminded of the vast size, scope, and importance of the show. And as the way we work and the way we live become increasingly inseparable, design trends in the contract and residential markets are becoming similarly intertwined. Further, many Midcentury classics, now popular in the residential market, were first developed for the contract market. In addition to the great products we featured in our preview, here are a few more standouts from the show. Antenna Workspaces, Knoll The big news from Knoll was the Antenna Workspaces (above) collection by Antenna Design. The desk system is built around a table base with clean lines. A variety of box storage, drawer units, and panels can be attached to the center rail. The system looks particularly good when used with Knoll archival surfaces, such as the natural rattan and grass fabrics used in the NeoCon showroom.
CH Bench, Itoki Design Designed by Jeff Miller, the CH Bench can be assembled in an infinite number of configurations. Available in black, white, yellow, green, and gray, the one piece LLDPE bench can be used alone or in groups.
Highline Cradenza, Datesweiser Part of a new collection of credenzas and conference tables, this piece has strong architectural lines with stainless steel legs. The cradenzas are vailable in a variety of wood, corian, glass, and marble finishes and door, drawer, and tray configurations.
Levy, Bernhardt Design The Levy chair, named for designer Arik Levy, has a slim, minimal profile that puts its design a notch above the average stackable. The chairs also meet Greenguard air quality standards.
Horizon, Humanscale This slim, dimmable LED task lamp creates an large plane of even, warm light. Simple ball joints at the base and lamp allow for easy movement.
Adamick Screen, Haworth This acrylic space divider is easily assembled from flatpacked units. Designed by Chris Adamick, the screen is available in white, organge, cranberry, and gray.