Hexagons are the New Circles | Notes from NEOCON 2013

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Hexagons are the New Circles | Notes from NEOCON 2013

We started off Neocon 2013 by attending the IIDA Cool Event Sunday Evening at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Chicago- we were invited by Keli Lauric of Mohawk Carpet Industries. (Thanks Keli!) There were mostly residential entries during the awards ceremony, but the winner was amazing; the Lakewood Cemetery Garden  Mausoleum by HGA Architects and Engineers in Minneapolis MN.

Trends this year

Photo Credit: Paul Crosby Photography

Photo Credit: Paul Crosby Photography

The Hexagon was big in both textiles and flooring- it’s looking like the hexagon is the new circle! Colorful felt was huge in a majority of the bigger showrooms such as Steelcase and Herman Miller. It makes me wish we could use felt in healthcare as it has such a nice hand and looks wonderful, adding a richness to the space that many fabrics cannot achieve.

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My Favorite Products

The best in healthcare was Steelcase- I think they had more to offer in new products than the other competitors. I thought the new recliner was nice as far as the new features were concerned such as a drop arm side approach as well as nice lumbar support and the attention to detail helped enhance the performance of the recliner. Better casters and a lime green pull on the back added a more contemporary pop.

There were some common trends in the healthcare/education seating – a lot of low back bench seats with privacy panels. And of course cool lounge chairs that offer more privacy in a fun way.

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We saw a lot of the major companies offer the marker top coffee table and more low round stools that we tend to use a lot of.

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Left: Herman Miller Right: TMC

Keilhauer had a neat stool that was new and different for the standard physician stool or other uses in this case

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This LED color changing bench was pretty cool.

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Desingtex had some fun new fabrics & vinyls that will be available later in 2013.

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And of course you can’t help but poke a little fun and some manufacturers who simply try to hard- A faux pas in the pediatric design industry in my book. And maybe this other manufacturer might have taken the outdoor molded plastic furniture too far…

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Hayworth deserves an Honorable Mention in exhibit design. Taking a page out of the museum exhibit playbook, we were given headphones so we could have a personal tour at our own pace.  This was a wonderful option!

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See you next year NEOCON!

Robin Kirkman, Associate IIDA

 

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