We were able to get the scoop on NeoCon 2021 from our own designer consultant Valerie Warren, whose experience spans 20 years at firms such as Gensler and Cannon Design, and what made an impact on this year’s show. Here’s what she had to say.
One thing that was different from the previous years was the number of attendees. Although the show had fewer attendees than previous years, it was exciting to see new products and reconnect with industry friends. On the whole, the show felt hopeful.
Many manufacturers enhanced and improved existing products. Haworth reissued and revamped the “Juli” chair made with a sustainable, recycled shell. New furniture products that were shown focused on sustainability. Manufacturers introduced products that used were 100% recyclable, one of these being a carbon-neutral task chair, the Swurve chair by Keilhauer.
Manufacturers were focused on adaptability, comfort, flexibility, and acoustics. Buzzispace introduced Buzzisheild “Hook” movable, geometric wedge-shaped acoustic work shields, and BuzziCee, an acoustic sinuous seating. Andreu World introduced sustainable seating, Adela Rex, made entirely of interlocking FSC certified plywood pieces, coming soon to Hello Raye. Groupe Lacasse introduced the “Luti” collection, a freestanding screen system, to divide desks and work areas. Bernhardt Design introduced a wing-back chair, “Belmont”. Decca Contract will be introducing the Autodromo collection, modular, curved geometric forms that include seating and storage elements. Steelcase had the Karman chair, which is designed to make the sitter feel weightless and release pressure points. Teknion introduced Routes, a playful, easily movable, acoustic family of products. Studio TK introduced the flexible modular lounge system, Vettore.
Overall the show was successful and manufacturers brought many new and innovative products. From sustainability to adaptability, the manufacturers that came to NeoCon 2021 really put their best foot forward. To see a full list of products from NeoCon on Hello Raye click here.