Quiet Office Design for the Introvert Employee

September 3, 2014 by admin

For a solution called “Quiet Spaces”, the new architectural offering from Steelcase is certainly making a lot of noise in the office furniture industry. This manufacturer has created many notable designs for the “cubicle era” and continued its success with the transition to workstations for the open office after the walls started coming down. Now, […]

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Best of NeoCon 2014 Editors Choice

July 31, 2014 by admin

The NeoCon 2014 Editors Choice selections are featured here for our final blog post in this series. This is certainly office furniture for the discerning eye. The pieces range from thoughtful to dramatic to whimsical. The only underlying theme this year seems to be the people-centric nature of the furnishings. It’s about more than how […]

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Best of NeoCon 2014 Gold Winners Part 4

July 24, 2014 by admin

This week, we’re featuring a mashup of some of the light and lovely designs on display at NeoCon 2014. While some gold winners were plush and luxurious, these items are streamlined and modernistic. Nucraft: Kai Kai is named in honor of a Hawaiian word for “ocean”. In fact, it does look a bit like a […]

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Best of NeoCon 2014 Gold Winners Part 3

July 16, 2014 by admin

This week’s NeoCon 2014 gold winners demonstrate a firm grasp on the concept of shared spaces. It’s all about the lounge and the conference room. Whether employees are gathering for a mandatory meeting or voluntary collaboration, they should be served with the best furniture. Lounge Furniture It’s a bench. No, it’s a worktable. Or is […]

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Best of NeoCon 2014 Gold Winners Part 2

July 9, 2014 by admin

It’s week #2 in our tour of NeoCon 2014 Gold winners. This time, we’ll browse a selection of supporting office furniture—those items that fill the spaces between desks. While these don’t get as much attention as cubicles or traditional workstations, they serve an important role. First up are the new storage systems. File & Mobile […]

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Best of NeoCon 2014 Gold Winners Part 1

July 2, 2014 by admin

Who took home the gold for Best of NeoCon 2014? Are these items the perfect choices to refurbish or renovate your office space? We’ll explore some of the best of the best in July. Architectural Products by molo This space-sculpting partition system brings new scope to the term ‘flexible’. Each Tyvek honeycomb accordion wall features […]

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The NeoCon 2014 Office Lounge Chair Collection

June 18, 2014 by admin

Is it time to revamp your employee break room or collaborative lounge area? Consider some of the new designs that debuted at NeoCon 2014 this week. They’ll shift how you think about the traditional office lounge chair. There’s definitely something for every taste, from sporty to modern to zany. A Catchall Design The Mitt chair […]

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Best of NeoCon 2013 – Systems Furniture Part 2

July 5, 2013 by admin

It’s been a few weeks since the first post in this series, so it’s high time we returned to our tour of the best Systems Furniture at NeoCon 2013. We’ve put together a collection of very modern concepts for your enjoyment. This week’s theme is workstations that were designed around office task chairs. Hocus Pocus, […]

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NeoCon 2013 Office Furniture News Roundup

June 26, 2013 by admin

Now that the dust has settled and participants have started to process the NeoCon 2013 office furniture wonderland on display in Chicago, there are plenty of good news articles about the show. Here’s a quick roundup from across the web showcasing a few of the cool designs on display. Chicago Business The convention may be […]

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Herman Miller Takes 7 at NeoCon 2013

June 23, 2013 by admin

Last week, we gave some bragging space to Steelcase. But Herman Miller did even better, bringing in its own collection of awards at NeoCon 2013. The company’s booth and showroom was recognized as the best place to visit in the entire convention. You can see HM’s “Living Office” concept page here and even download the […]

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Another High Five for Steelcase at NeoCon 2013

June 14, 2013 by admin

NeoCon 2013 saw a repeat performance from Steelcase, as the office furniture manufacturer took home another five awards (the same number as last year). However, the company has stepped up its game, winning gold in no less than four categories – plus an innovation award. Steelcase designers have apparently been doing nothing but sitting around […]

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NeoCon 2013 News Roundup

June 8, 2013 by admin

You know there will be dozens of attendees live blogging and tweeting the NeoCon 2013 contract furniture convention in a few days. Right now, it’s still about the anticipation. The trends are already being scrutinized intensely to pick out the new direction for office furniture. Here are some juicy bits of gossip from around the […]

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Best of NeoCon 2013 – Systems Furniture Part 1

June 2, 2013 by admin

At NeoCon 2013, systems furniture is really showing off its curves. We’re spotting this trend all over the place from full sized workstations to small occasional work areas. In a world where office footprints are all squares and rectangles, this isn’t the best way to fit the most people into the smallest possible area. However, […]

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NeoCon 2013 Takes an Outside View of Office Furniture Design

May 18, 2013 by admin

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and NeoCon 2013 in Chicago is just around the corner. As always, Cubicles Office Environments will be showcasing information about dozens of award winning designs right here on our blog. It’s the next best thing to being at the show! This year, NeoCon will be playing […]

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Allsteel Goes Above with Beyond

July 19, 2012 by admin

Allsteel was another office furniture company that took things to a new level at this year’s NeoCon. The firm marked its 100 year anniversary by winning the Best of NeoCon Gold for the new Beyond architectural walls product. The wall system has a unique self-contained leveling mechanism that ensures the glass panes are seated evenly […]

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Steelcase Nabs 5 NeoCon 2012 Accolades

July 14, 2012 by admin

It’s no surprise that the largest office furniture manufacturer in the world managed to win a heaping handful of awards at NeoCon 2012. Steelcase’s Free Stand from the Coalesse collection received the nod as the Best for Innovation, garnered the Editor’s Choice recognition, and grabbed a silver award to boot. This tiny table shows that […]

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Best of NeoCon 2012 Office Chairs Part 3

June 23, 2012 by admin

Before we move on to other NeoCon topics, here’s the final post in our series on the Best of NeoCon 2012 office chairs. This is certainly a year we won’t forget when it comes to the variety of seating options on display. Competitors really did manage to “think big” in terms of better ergonomics, futuristic […]

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Best of NeoCon 2012 Office Chairs Part 2

June 16, 2012 by admin

Earlier this month, we explored several entries in NeoCon’s “Best Of” contest in the seating category. Now, here is the next batch of contenders: AirPad3C72 This task chair from Riviera boasts a feature you’ve probably never heard of: microclimate management. That’s a fancy way of saying the mesh covering is breathable so the skin on […]

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Best of NeoCon 2012 Storage

June 9, 2012 by admin

Storage is one of the less glamorous categories of office furniture, but you can trust NeoCon to bring out some interesting possibilities. The MyTeu from Egan is much more than a mobile storage unit. It’s actually a workstation accessory that offers impromptu seating and storage along with a whiteboard and charging outlets. Employees can count […]

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Best of NeoCon 2012 Office Chairs Part 1

June 2, 2012 by admin

Pull up a seat for our roundup of entries in the “Best of NeoCon 2012” seating category. You’ll see some designs you recognize and a few that are brand new. This will be a three part series since there’s so much to ponder. Diffrient Smart Office chairs just got smarter – and simpler at the […]

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Best of NeoCon 2012 Benching

May 26, 2012 by admin

This week, let’s browse the benching section for the up and coming entries in the “Best of NeoCon” contest. Not surprisingly, it’s all about height adjustment this year. We already saw Freedom from Surfaceworks in the systems furniture category, so here’s what the rest of the field looks like: Animate+ Direct from JRB Studio comes […]

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What Would You Like to See at NeoCon 2012?

May 12, 2012 by admin

NeoCon 2012 is headed our way at lightning speed. This premiere tradeshow for the commercial design and architecture industry is the most exciting event of the year for office furniture companies all over the US. There will be more than 700 showrooms and booths this year. It’s a chance for businesses to debut their best […]

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NeoCon East – New Commercial Furniture Part 5

December 4, 2011 by admin

Worksurfaces were in evidence everywhere at NeoCon East this year. Here are just a few of the desks and tables that stood around looking impressive at the Baltimore convention: All-in One and One for All This ISE All-in-One Desk is designed for student or employee training environments. It isn’t just ergonomic – it’s electric! The […]

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NeoCon East – New Commercial Furniture Part 4

November 25, 2011 by admin

This week, it’s time to take a look at what NeoCon East participants found underfoot. There were a number of new commercial floor coverings on display – including a collection from Atlas Carpet Mills. The Archeologique line features modular carpet tiles with a velvet-cut pile surface. The pile is carved with what Atlas describes as […]

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NeoCon East – New Commercial Furniture Part 3

November 19, 2011 by admin

Next up on our tour of new items for the office is Peter Pepper Products, Inc. This firm introduced two lines of recycling receptacles for use in the workplace. The HexBin (as its name suggests) is intended for use in groups of 2 or more that fit together like pieces of a honeycomb. The bins […]

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NeoCon East: New Commercial Furniture Part 2

November 7, 2011 by admin

We’re headed across the country again in this second post on the NeoCon East office furniture show. This time, let’s take a journey through Inscape System. This “Inscape” workstation and panel solution is designed to help employers “Escape” from wasted space and confusing office furniture specification. Like many popular cubicle brands, the goal of this […]

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NeoCon East: New Commercial Furniture Part 1

November 5, 2011 by admin

Wow, first there was NeoCon in Chicago, then NeoCon Canada, and now there’s NeoCon East to talk about! Pretty soon, they’ll have to change the name from NeoCon to PerpetualCon. As always, the big names in office furniture all put in an appearance last week. The Tweetosphere was chirping with news and invitations to come […]

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Chair Hockey For Charity

October 19, 2011 by admin

Canada is known for three things – maple syrup, Niagara Falls, and hockey. This love for hockey extends beyond the ice rink and into the office arena. IIDEX/NeoCon Canada and the Interior Designers of Canada actually hosted an ergonomic office chair hockey tournament in September. More than half a dozen teams competed, sponsored by manufacturers […]

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Teknion Captures Awards at NeoCon Canada

October 16, 2011 by admin

Like the opposite of a migratory bird, NeoCon apparently goes north as the weather gets cooler. Teknion is one of the major furniture manufacturers who trekked up to Toronto this September to participate in the IIDEX/NeoCon Canada show. This move paid off with some very nice prizes (including a nod for one of the best […]

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Best of NeoCon Software Tech

September 8, 2011 by admin

Some of the most interesting “Best of NeoCon” entries aren’t physical furnishings at all. Instead, they are software technologies that are designed to enhance the workplace. Here are a couple that might improve how businesses go about office space planning and furniture selection: 20-20 Visual Impression This 3D office layout and furniture design software tool […]

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What Did Haworth Get Up To At NeoCon 2011?

August 25, 2011 by admin

It’s fun to scroll through all the slideshows vendors have created to showcase their participation at NeoCon. Haworth really went all out in crafting an exhibit environment that pulls together different elements of a modern office into a cohesive whole. The use of vivid color is particularly appealing, so don’t miss out on the visuals […]

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Good NeoCon Results For Knoll – On the Surface!

August 12, 2011 by admin

Plenty of the “big boys” at NeoCon walked away with top prizes for office furniture. But Knoll has things “covered” from a different angle. This company really shone in the textile category, earning gold and silver awards for 2 new fabric collections. KnollTextiles’ Vista (designed by Dorothy Cosonas) received gold recognition. This line is made […]

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Best of NeoCon Entries: Office Storage Unit Category

August 1, 2011 by admin

You might think this category of workplace furniture would be a real yawner. But this year, several companies stepped up to change the way we think about office storage units. These pieces don’t just help you keep it together; they help you do it in style. Get “Beside” Yourself The Beside line from Haworth features […]

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Best of NeoCon Entries for Conference Room Furniture

June 27, 2011 by admin

This week, let’s look at items at NeoCon that are designed for everyone in your company – conference room furniture. There are a lot of traditional-looking tables among the “Best of” entries, but there’s also a distinct trend toward less structured furnishings. Here are two collections of special interest for 2011. Jofco – Collective Motion […]

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Orange You Glad You Like Office Furniture?

June 20, 2011 by admin

According to Neil Steinberg at the Chicago Sun Times, orange was the hot color at NeoCon 2011. This rich, vibrant hue is aligned with the energy of change in the philosophy of Feng Shui, and that’s certainly something the hard hit office furniture industry needs right now. The particular orange that’s being incorporated into laminates […]

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