NeoCon 2010: Furniture Highlights

I am always excited to see what’s new at NeoCon. Manufacturers spend the year developing new products that will launch at the show; it’s sort of like a holiday for designers. This year, the trend in commercial furniture was slick and modern; I would like to see manufacturers use pattern or texture to soften up these hard lines.

What other great pieces did you see at NeoCon?

Pluto Bench  by Simon Pengelly for Leland International

Designed to define personal space in a public seat environment, each Pluto bench is scaled for one.


SITE Collection by WilliamsSorel for Davis Furniture

Exposed wood available in Natural Oak, Grey Oak, Natural Walnut, and Medium Walnut

Painted surfaces available in Celery, Poppy, Pearl, Smoke and Gunmetal


SW_1 Collection by MINIMAL for Coalesse

SW_1 collection is created to enhance social connectivity and foster collaboration

10 knit color options, also available in full upholstery



Stryde Collection by Michael Wolk for Lowenstein

Exposed wood legs available in Black American Walnut, Ash and Beech

List price: lounge  COM 1610, ottoman COM 818

NeoCon 2009: EMU Advanced Collection

Emu has collaborated with noteworthy designers including Jean-Marie Massaud, and Patricia Urquiola to create the Advanced Collection. This line offers designers an artful and durable option for outdoor furniture.


Heaven Collection by Jean-Marie Massaud. White powder-coated metal is woven to create airy silhouettes to create a feeling of weightlessness.


Re-Trouve by Patricia Urquiola. This collection is a interpretation of the traditional garden chair, but plays with pattern and color in Urquiola’s signature style.

Heavy Metal

Fortune Contract uses a bit of alchemy to transform carpet into Heavy Metal, a progressive design introduced at Neocon 2008. This heavy texture with a distinctive luster weighs in at 55 ounces. Heavy Metal is offered in thirteen metallic-inspired colorways and is available in broadloom or modular tile.

Binder is available in the Library.  Touch it to feel the luxury!  It’s a great price for such a dense style.

Glass Designs by Suzanne Tick

New from Skyline Design is a collection of 10 glass designs by Suzanne Tick.  Suzanne has designed textiles for several different manufacturers and a carpet line for Tandus.  The designs won a Gold Award in the 2008 Best of NeoCon competition.

You can see her textile influence in these designs and also use of scale.  The designs are available in many different iterations and you can add color, change the scale, and other options too.

Samples are available in the Library.  It is advisable for you to order larger samples before you specify these in your project.

Oracle Jr. saw Suzanne speak at NeoCon several years ago – she was very inspirational and you could feel the passion that she has for her work.  At our table were a couple of ‘kids’ who work for her and they were just glowing about the whole thing.  Nice to see that energy spreads to those who work with her!

The Brit Bench

No, we’re not referring to THAT Brit.

We’re talking about the Brit Bench from Leland International.  The bench pictured is installed in the Miami Airport.  The bench is designed by Simon Pengelly and inspired by ‘propellor-like seedpoods falling from a tree.’

The bench is very versatile and has many different options for arrangement and finishes.  The bench won a Silver Award in the Best of NeoCon Competition in 2008.

Places & Spaces

The Lab had a visit with our Lees Carpet rep yesterday and we must say that we love the newest collection. 

Lees Carpet introduces its first-ever printed and tufted modular collection.  Places & Spaces is a great collection of powerful visuals and colors. 

This collection won Gold in the Best of NeoCon competition this year.

Binder is available in the Library.

So Smooth

The Lab had a lovely visit with Bernhardt Design and our representatives for them, The Dorsey Group. They stopped by to show us some of their newest offerings that debuted at NeoCon this year (more of those items later).  The general favorite was the Loft Lounge piece designed by Shelly Shelly from the Pasadena Art Center College of Design.

Listing at $1900, this chair is made from solid walnut.  Each chair is manufactured from one walnut log cut into many parts then assembled into this piece.  The chair is suitable for low-traffic areas but should not be used outdoors or in a space with tons of direct sun exposure.