Well it’s draft season again and these are our first round picks!
This month the insanity begins. From New York to Vegas to Miami, and finally all culminating at the big show in Chicago, we don’t need to remind you of the whirlwind of groundbreaking design you’re going to experience this tradeshow season, not to mention the next wave of trends and superstars about to make their debuts.
But by the time NeoCon rolls around in June, if you’re anything like us, you’re more than just a little weary. So true to form, we’ve provided our yearly road map—some of the best of the best you’ll find in between the stairwells of the Merchandise Mart.
And if these products are any indication of the story 2016 is telling, then it’s bright, bold, and beautiful for the foreseeable future. Textiles saturated with color, furniture with daring and powerful lines, and stylish new ways to improve functionality—telltale signs of an industry that's certainly gotten its swagger back.
1. The Arper Freestanding Parentesit is a new model that extends the product’s functionality, as well its privacy and comfort. Use them to carve out a three-dimensional space for any type of use. Modules are available in four options: two different sized round panels, one square panel, and one combination square and round panel, all available in Arper’s full range of fabrics.
2. The Crest lounge from Encore was designed by Qdesign, and features a rocker base that encourages continuous movement. The generously proportioned seat and back don’t hurt either. Seems to us like this chair is going to make working a lot more fun.
3. Mayer Fabrics has joined forces with Sunbrella Contract to introduce the Vollis Simpson Collection. The line celebrates the metal sculptures of the late folk artist, and include six different pattern depictions of his pieces. Proceeds from sales of the line will be donated to the Park and Conservation Project.
4. BioFit Engineered Products will be showcasing a variety of models from their Pro and Tech series chairs (featured here) in the MVMT seating line, as well as fromthe bimos by BioFit and Foundation lines. MVMT greatly enhances the user’s range of motion and by extension comfort and performance.
5. The Ode Lamp from Herman Miller features a soft, coaxing light that whispers to those around it. Featuring anti-glare LEDs and spun-steel shades, the product comes in various heights and freestanding or surface-integrated options. The user can grasp any part of the lamp’s stem to turn it on or off, thanks to touch technology. It’s available in black or white.
6. The Tête-à-Tête from Martin Brattrud has some serious curves. Part of the Assembli Collection designed by Primo Orpilla, the line offers more than just good looks. It provides both visual and acoustical privacy as a seating system that includes lounge chairs, and sofas with low, mid, and high backs, as well as a variety of accessories.
7. Humanscale adds to its wide array of sit-stand equipment with the QuickStand Lite adjustable keyboard and monitor arm platform with a 40-inch radius articulating arm. The counterbalance mechanism allows for easy transition between postures for the user. It can hold single or dual monitors up to 25 pounds.
8. Ultra 3D Lam from Envirawood is the latest evolution in surface laminates. This single product covers nearly every application from panels to complex 3D components. Choose from realistic wood grain images, abstract patterns, faux stones, graphic artwork, any solid color, or solid metallic color in satin or high gloss.
9. National Office Furniture’s Farrah is a chic and sleek little addition to their repertoire. The chair features beautifully facetted legs and comfortable sit. But go check out the full line of seating and tables right away.
10. LOFTWall’s BLOX system is a unique arrangement of panels available in 12 colors and six frame configurations that also manage sound control. Place it anywhere to absorb up to 85 percent of sound. The fabrics are tackable and made with a wool felt finish. They also absorb VOC pollutants.
11. Doni from KI made the list because according to the company it is the only stacking chair made in North America to combine hip-articulating comfort with standard two-tone poly color options. The full line includes an extensive palette of materials, colors (solid or two-tone) and base styles (stack, guest, task, tandem, fixed seating, and Learn2). Custom match any color.