Since 1969 the Chicago-based trade show, NeoCon annually features thousands of new products and solutions from hundreds of leading manufacturers in the commercial design industry.
The official awards program Best of NeoCon began in 1990 as a way to honor outstanding new products from manufacturers across a wide range of categories.
In this roundup, we’ll take a look at the Best of NeoCon Gold winners in the Furniture category.
The Ellis benching system by Mantra Inspired Furniture comes in a variety of North American hardwood finishes for the top and industrial steel finishes for the legs. Available in 40”, 60”, 66”, and 72” widths. 30” height with the option of 24” or 30” depth. Divider options include a solid maple pegboard or felt screen divider. Custom finishes and power/data solutions are available.
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Collections for Collaboration, Conference Room Furniture, Seating: Benches, and Tables: Communal
The Haven collection by Watson Furniture Group features a variety of tables and benches with soft corners and circular shapes, available in a myriad of finishes. Designed for collaboration, Haven transforms the workplace to accommodate many different settings and work modes.
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Seating: Conference category
Andreu World’s iconic Capri Lounge is now available in an Executive version in 3 back heights with a walnut back, upholstered body, and with or without upholstered aluminum arms. Available in a swivel 4-star or 5-star caster base in polished aluminum, white, or black.
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Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task category
Designed by Pearson Lloyd with a focus on ergonomics and comfort, the Essa by Teknion is a simple, less technical task chair designed with carefully thought-out curves and contours. Intentionally designed without complicated adjustment mechanisms, the Essa is intuitive and functional. Available with or without arms, in 3 finishes – Atrium White, Clay, and Blackstone.
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Seating: Guest category
A collaboration between Noho and Aquafil, the Noho Move™ is a fully sustainable chair made of ECONYL® regenerated nylon, a material made from recycled waste such as fishing nets, carpet flooring, fabric scraps, and industrial plastic. The frame is available in 2 colors, with an optional topper available in 6 colors.
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Seating: Modular category
Designed by Bendtsen Design Associates, Jetty:Mod from Allsteel is a collection of modular seating, tables, screens, and accessories solving the needs of flexible workspaces in hospitality, healthcare, education, and workplace. Over time, modules can be added, exchanged, or reconfigured to accommodate evolving and changing work patterns. The Jetty:Mod is available in a variety of fabrics and finishes.
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Seating: Sofas & Lounge category
The Nuez Lounge BIO from Andreu World is the newest addition to the Nuez collection designed by Patricia Urquiola. Designed with the principles of circular economy, the Nuez Lounge BIO is 100% recyclable and can be easily disassembled to recycle its separate parts. It is available in a wide range of fabrics and leather, the shell is available in 4 colors, and the 4-star base is available in aluminum or wood.
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Seating: Stacking category
Designed by Angelo Pinaffo the Eclipse from Via Seating is a light-weight stackable outdoor chair made of Epoxy-coated, fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene monocoque with anti-UV treatment. The Eclipse is available in 7 colors, with an optional seat pad also available in 7 colors.
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Seating: Stools category
Underline is a new seating collection from Stylex, which includes upholstered task chairs, guest seating, and stools. The contemporary design includes a tubular frame, upholstered seat and back, and multiple base styles available in a wide range of colors and finishes.
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The C9 Trolly from Watson Furniture Group is a versatile mobile storage unit. It contains 12.5” of filing space, a fabric seat, and a steel tray that opens up and out to become a side table. The C9 Trolly is available in a wide range of finishes and fabric options.
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Tables: Conference category
Designed by jehs+laub for Davis Furniture Industries, the Tavo’s organic shape centers around its polished concrete base, available in light or dark gray. The cantilevered ellipse-shaped top is available in wood veneer or FENIX™. Top sizes 78”, 84”, 96”, and 102”.
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Tables: Occasional category
The Tinnef occasional table from Scandinavian Spaces is available in 2 heights and features a round top made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The wood base is a classic Scandinavian design available in oak, white washed ash, black or white stained ash.
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Tables: Task category
The Elbrook from Steelcase is a collection of organically shaped tables with low-profile bases and inset legs, promoting an active workflow environment. Available in 5 sizes, 3 heights (lounge, seated, and standing), and various color options.
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Workplace Accessories category
The HALO hand sanitizer station from HALCON is an all-in-one free-standing unit the includes a touchless hand sanitizer, trash receptacle, and dispenser for sanitizer wipes or gloves. The HALO is available in 5 metal finish options and 4 FENIX NTM finishes.
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You can find the full list winners here Best of NeoCon 2021.