Earlier this month, we traveled to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart to see what’s new and upcoming in business design at NeoCon 2022. Just a few tendencies have been straightforward to identify: acoustic partitions, privateness cubicles and screens, and furnishings that makes an attempt to interrupt down the wall between the workplace and residential. There was a transparent give attention to accepting that we don’t know when issues will return to regular or what “regular” will appear to be once they do – so embrace the in-between. Check out a few of our favorites from this 12 months’s present.
Sustainable design model Andreu World had a showroom filled with spectacular furnishings – it was even leaking out into the busy hallway. A number of seating was organized into small configurations that you possibly can admire or use to take a break, together with their new Nuez Lounge BIO entrance and heart.
Nothing makes a much bigger assertion than the surprising, which is why I fell onerous for the Glyph Assortment from Arc|Com and Home Industries. Patterns have been created utilizing Home’s typography designs, then objects formed like those self same designs have been coated within the upholstery!
There’s one thing about Cumberland that appeared to bodily pull me into their showroom. The massive curvaceous sofa, vibrant colours, and downplayed black and white partitions made for the right design storm. Whereas a variety of couches in related shapes function excessive backs, I like that this one has a shorter one with a flat floor that can be utilized.
I’m a sucker for a minimal desk with architectural parts, and I discovered a brand new one in Helio from Davis Furnishings. Refined and easy, there’s no area I can’t see these tables working in – and so they look superb grouped collectively or flying solo.
The educational options at this 12 months’s present actually wowed me, together with EGOE life’s HPE100 Rocking Chair. It’s strong metallic building offers weight and definition, whereas the slight rocking motion it’s able to producing is nice for people with ADHD.
Greenmood’s Framed are a novel tackle wall panels that use reindeer moss and huge oak frames. They’re out there in 4 collections: Geometric, Panorama, Synergy, and Concord. You possibly can hold them in any route and their depths make for a beautiful place to daydream.
FUNC’s merchandise make me want (just a bit bit) that I have been going again to work in an workplace. Their screens, specifically, provide visible privateness in addition to some sound dampening. Just a few fashions may be opened and closed, relying on what’s wanted on the time.
Hightower’s showroom is a masterpiece the place I’d be glad to reside. I had a number of favourite items this 12 months, together with the Kona Couch (above) and the Proto Highback Lounge (beneath). The complete area is expertly designed with an unmatched vibe of relaxed however productive items.
Not simply any minimal chair, Keilhauer’s Melete is particular. Whereas it comes with or with out arms, the stingray-like form of the armed model is poetic. It’s possible you’ll not even discover them immediately, however when you do it’s tough to look away. It may be personalised with a variety of finishes and bases.
In a present that was filled with privateness pods, Loop’s stood out to me. Its small, however spectacular, sales space showcased two of their pods which have a enjoyable, but refined, retro really feel to them. The pink flooring, pink partitions, and ceiling coated in hanging pink phone receivers made for an actual showstopper (they’ve obtained the award to show it, too).
You would possibly assume that every of those items from Nienkämper look uncomfortable, however I can assure that they’re, in actual fact, the other. I used to be totally ready to be letdown by the deceivingly easy buildings, however their clear traces and performance gained me over in a giant manner.
A model that by no means disappoints is Scandinavian Areas. Their showroom included a bevy of recent seating choices and different furnishings, every defining their precept of wellness within the office. The gathering of sensible options exhibits an clearly considerate design course of with outcomes that might be simply as beautiful in your individual area.
And lastly, TURF. I’m not stretching the reality after I say that their suave wall acoustics are the perfect I’ve seen. They’re straightforward to make use of and adapt to – I obtained the complete expertise in one among their lovely rooms that was devoted to stress-free for a second. The quantity of sound that was drowned out of a busy showroom was actually superb.