Every year since 1969, as America pulls itself out from its winter haze, the design industry comes alive with the hustle and bustle of preparing for NeoCon. The monolith tradeshow brings together tens of thousands of designers for a three-day extravaganza during which more than 500 companies show off the latest and greatest products they’ve prepared in the last year.
Here, i+s presents some of the best products you’re bound to see across the Merchandise Mart, and just the smallest taste of what trends you can expect to pop up all the way through 2018. From acoustic paneling to rocking office chairs, you’ll find it here.
1. BuzziChandelier by BuzziSpace creates a bold focal point while adding acoustic softness to a room. This contemporary take on the Moorish lantern is a new way to create atmosphere with artful light and shadows. Two layers of sustainable BuzziFelt are combined over an LED light source.
2. Bentley creates artwork for the floor with its new tile and broadloom masterpieces: Impasto + Secco. The styles are infused with abstract blocks, fine lines, and deliberate color splashes. Impasto is named after the thick-textured techniques of Van Gogh and Pollock. Secco is a smaller-scale companion that emulates how pigments were applied to plaster walls in the mid-16th century.
3. The timeless reliability of wool felt meets vibrant color pallets and customization with the Fraster Felt Rug by Unika Vaev. Felt rugs are not only structurally stable, but also are natural sound absorbers, improving a space’s acoustics. They are available in their standard design, or custom options can be created using 31 hues. The rugs can also be tailored to fit specified dimensions.
4. Stance Healthcare brings the comfort and familiarity of the living room to the hospital corridor. The collection includes a lounge chair, love seat, and three-seat sofa.
5. JANUS et Cie introduces Sandpoint, a comprehensive collection of 76 performance fabrics. The new designs evoke a range of textile inspirations, from rich ikats and damasks to the nuanced hues and patterns found in coastal areas. The 10 styles in multiple colorways offer subtle and sophisticated to decorative and bold designs.
6. As the recent winner of the “Best in Competition” award at EDSpaces, the Ruckus collection by KI brings movement to classrooms, from elementary to corporate training facilities. The collection is made up of seating, table, and storage options which provide a wide range of movement, from easy-glide rollers to adjustable desk heights, and a multitude of uses.
7. The Thor collection by Emu is inspired by hand-forged metal. The line includes two chairs and stools suitable for indoor and outdoor seating. The flat tubular steel frame is available in 16 powder-coat finishes. Pieces from the collection are stackable up to eight high.
8. Building on the success of its modular system of panels, sofas, tables, and more for the office environment, Okamura refines Muffle’s power and wiring systems for 2017, and introduces several new accessories and materials options. The collection comes in four heights and eight widths for wall panels, and 34 fabric colors for desks, shelves, sofas, and accessories.
9. Lift by CF Stinson is a minimal design aesthetic taken to a maxi scale. Fine lines carve a vertical path that result in a zigzag formation while solid color parallelograms flip in and out of the pathways. Lift includes post-industrial recycled nylon, cotton, rayon, and polyester, and are Greenguard Gold Indoor Air Quality certified.
10. Seeyond by 3form is a series of lightweight dimensional tiles made from Acoustic Felt that boast an NRC rating of 0.80. Use Seeyond to build walls, divide a space, or create unique features that will leave a lasting impression. Available in five patterns and eight colors, the soft texture of felt offers a comfortable and welcome feeling in a space.
11. Taking inspiration from global cartography, the four patterns of Milliken’s new modular carpet collection, Moraine, create a unique texture across commercial floors. The patterns can be completely customized without extending lead times, and can be mixed along two tile shapes: 50cm x 50cm squares and 50cm x 1m planks.
12. Designed by Toan Nguyen for Studio TK, the Dual Lounge plays off the duality of light and dark with the use of a transparent base in a partially opaque knit and the textile upholstery for the body. The form allows the user a full range of motion, whether they are leaning back or actively engaging with another. The base is available in a 3D knit mesh or fabric.
13. Architectural Systems, Inc.’s Color Theory line introduces a pop of color into any project. Available in an array of 12 appealing hues, including fashion-forward melon, wine, rose, and chartreuse, these 4-inch by 12-inch ceramic tiles are finished in a gloss glaze. They can also contribute to LEED credits.