Originally published in Interiors & Sources

05/01/2008

Sources: NeoCon Preview

 
New enhancements to Turnstone’s Tour workspace are based on user-centered observation and include benching applications, student carrels, 120-degree applications, new storage components, and new screens for creating boundaries, privacy and functionality. Tour workspace was created with the intent to offer one of the most versatile, flexible and affordable workstations on the market. Featuring minimal, clean lines and a neutral yet stylish design, Tour workspace won’t compete with office or home office architecture and makes a seamless introduction into nearly any environment.  
 Designtex introduces the Garden Series. From inspiration to conception, these textiles create warm and soothing environments. Designer Jane Wicks created the series based on a need for more high-performance decorative prints in healthcare settings. With sophisticated colors and contemporary patterns working together, the feeling of a comfortable interior setting is created in the most unlikely commercial spaces. In addition to their beauty, these high-performance upholstery textiles are made from recycled materials.
Armstrong continues to invest in the LVT (luxury vinyl tile) arena by adding to its Natural Creations® line. Twenty-nine unique and distinctive visuals are being added to Natural Creations’ Mystix® Collection, with styles and colors created to reflect current and future design trends. A variety of modular sizes are available for greater design flexibility, and different designs can be used to spotlight key focal areas in any installation, including retail, healthcare and specialty applications.
 Classic, contemporary, timeless style defines Nucraft’s new Envision reception station. Envision offers a mix of material options, including glass, granite and wood. The transaction shelf is clear of any attachment hardware—providing a visually clean aesthetic. Available in various front wall options and desk shapes, including a new Arc shape, Envision is easy to configure and customize. This design flexibility makes Envision suitable for a wide range of office decors.
The Haworth+ art.collection, a curated collection of classic, modern and solution-based products, encompasses the best in design, quality and utility. This open portfolio infuses past and current design classics while embracing the future with emerging design talent from around the globe. The b_sit chair (featured) is one of the collection’s first European products introduced to North America. With its metal, cantilevered sled base frame, b_sit’s angular profile and upholstered seat perfectly combine form and function; its refinement is timeless. The upholstery is available in both fabric and leather. 
 Humanscale introduces the Diffrient Work Light II, an effortlessly adjustable and beautiful task lighting solution designed specifically to take advantage of the latest advances in compact fluorescent technology. The Diffrient Work Light II is flexible in its range of motion and boasts a perfectly tuned counterbalance mechanism for one-touch positioning. Users can easily angle the light exactly where they need it and away from reflective surfaces. The light also features a sleek, cone-shaped shade for a clean, modern aesthetic and is available with a single or double arm in either silver or black.
Carnegie introduces Bijou, an exciting new upholstery collection inspired by jeweled treasures. Taking inspiration from vintage cameos, ornamental pieces of metal and stone, and lighthearted costume baubles, the Bijou Collection brings the exquisite nature of rare and precious jewelry to a stunning new textile line. The Bangle, Bauble, Cameo, and Gem patterns are offered in a combined 28 colorways, while Dazzle, a luxurious plush, is offered in nine striking, yet versatile colors of its own.  
 With origins as an electrical and lighting control infrastructure, Convia Programmable Infrastructure has evolved to an innovative building platform that can be extended to thermostats and diffusers, audiovisual controls, programmable workstations and more. Convia Programmable Infrastructure replaces the traditional “pipe and wire” approach to delivering electric energy in a space and allows for the complete virtual rewiring of an entire floor or building in just minutes.
Bigelow Commercial has “it”: an attractive carpet tile at an even more attractive price. Aptly named X-Factor, this new carpet tile—offered at the lowest price point in the industry—is the first offering in what Bigelow plans to be a line of sensible, yet unexpectedly stylish carpet coordinates. Providing facilities with endless possibilities for smart interiors that won’t break the bank, this carpet tile has the “got to get it” factor.
 With a contemporary, slender wood table top and fluid metal base design, Hush occasional tables from Arcadia create an impact that is at once unassuming and impressive. Complementary with all Hush seating options or equally appealing by themselves, Hush occasional tables, designed by David Ritch and Mark Saffell of 5D Studio, are available in round, convex square and convex rectangle table shapes, with a multitude of wood and base finish options.
Jagged diagonal streaks give Diaz its jazzy attitude. New from LSI Wallcovering’s Radius Collection, Diaz comes in 19 clean, contemporary color treatments. Hip hatch marks float on a vertical textured background that simulates dimension and sparks visual interest. The edgy embossed, mid-scale pattern is crafted with different metallic patinas that give Diaz an added dash of design. Diaz uses water-based inks, incorporates a mildew-inhibiting agent, and is installed with water-based adhesives. 
 The Tandus design team introduces a new line with influences that are derived directly from one of the most frequently used stones in modern architecture: travertine. Offered in both carpet tile and broadloom, Tandus’ Travertine is available in 19 colors—from neutrals to coral-red. The line is made with 100 percent Invista type 6/6 nylon fiber. Travertine’s characteristic, and naturally occurring pitted holes and “troughs” express qualities of warmth and craftsmanship.
ICF introduces the 800 Collection, designed by the trio of Christian Lepper, Roland Schmidt and Uwe Sommerlade. The collection offers a cantilever chair, which is available with four legs or a swivel base, and three different back heights. A lounge chair with matching foot stool is also offered. The 800 Collection’s seat and back are molded plywood with various elegant veneers and upholstery options. Legs are offered in chromium plated, stainless steel. The 800 Collection is perfect for offices, hotels, VIP zones and private homes. 
 Herman Miller is enhancing the filing and storage market with Teneo, a charismatic set of products that offer variety and visual harmony to the workplace. Teneo was designed to provide and maintain a consistent aesthetic within open work environments, while creating a unified, yet flexible space. A result of systemic thinking, Teneo products were designed to create a variety of configurations that produce a holistic solution. The core products include single islands, side-by-side islands, presentation units, wall units, individual storage, and surfaces. This systemic concept allows the product to be restructured, yet remain consistent with the surrounding design elements.
TOD™ (Training On Demand), the newest tilt/nest training table from Versteel, is the design complement to the Simon® seating line. TOD training tables have the ability to link when in use and then nest for immediate or long-term storage. Integrated, perforated modesty panels, lightweight core tops and four locking dual wheel casters are standard on each table. Designed by Lucci-Orlandini Design, undersurface and integrated legway wire management are featured on every table; optional power can be added to most tables.
 Under a new partnership, 3form and Wovin Wall introduce Wovin™ Wall + Pure Color™. The Wovin Wall System is a unique feature wall and ceiling system that creates striking interior effects through the use of Wovin tiles clipped into a grid system in alternating directions to create a distinctive, three-dimensional, woven pattern on walls and ceilings. The Wovin tiles are available in two shapes and a wide range of finishes, including 3form’s Pure Color system of Varia™ ecoresin® panels. The Pure Color system makes it possible to create more than 50,000 hues, so the choice of color for Wovin tiles is now virtually limitless.
Punctuate the walls of commercial interiors with the bold appeal of Popcircles, a contemporary design from OMNOVA Solutions’ AVANT™ wall coverings collection. In this throwback imagery to the “mod-60s,” dots of colors ring around one another in playful abandon. Circle around for another look at the 12 daring, on-trend color combinations ranging from sophisticated neutrals to electric shocks. 
 Groupe Lacasse introduces Morpheo, a new generation of casegoods designed to address the changing shape of the modern workplace. Freestanding or juxtaposed, Morpheo’s modernist geometry makes the most of compact office spaces. The ergonomic worktable shapes surround the user to provide more surface area to work with, more space to collaborate with team members, and more seamless interaction with technology. Because the design keeps everything close at hand, work flows without barriers. Morpheo workstations can be doubled-up, mirrored, lined side-to-side or positioned back-to-back for endless configuration possibilities.
Rounding out Agati’s contemporary seating collection, Jet and Kala offer a versatile, sleek design, making either an ideal mobile solution for smaller spaces. The Jet stacking chair (feauterd) is made out of a plywood seat and back, hoisted upon shapely, chrome legs. Perfectly sized for offices, conference rooms or cafeterias, Jet finds itself mobile and adaptable thanks to its light construction. Available with or without arms, both versions stack and are available in natural or stained finishes. 
 Ragno USA introduces REVISION stoneware. The collection’s super-sized color body porcelain modules with rectified edges capture the sensation of salvaged and lovingly-restored old wooden floors that have been given new life by sanding and hand waxing. The reflective surface produces a textured, almost blurred, effect that is easily incorporated into settings that range from high-end contemporary to rustic, shabby chic. Perfect for walls and floors, REVISION’s warm, intense colors—black, white, beige, brown, red—bring a classy, intellectual style to any venue.
Rising to the challenge of creating beautiful, sophisticated designs with social responsibility, Duralee Contract introduces the Crypton Green Collection. Crypton Green features sustainable, high-performance fabrics that are fun, modern, colorful and earth-friendly.
Created by world-renowned designer Zooey Chu, Global introduces its newest line of contemporary laminate meeting tables. Design choices are endless with this new series. Table tops are available in 20 laminate finishes and in six shape options including round, square, rectangular, boat shaped, racetrack and elliptical. Metal base styles include ladder, sculpted and four legged—offered in your choice of a black or tungsten finish. Customize tables even further by selecting one of five edge options that best suit your stylistic needs.
Take a closer look at J&J / Invision’s newest collection, Magnify, and you’ll see the beauty that lies in our everyday surroundings. Magnify found its muse in the nooks and crannies of the designer’s world. This collection stylishly reminds us to examine the usual with strange eyes. Rich in texture and in color, Magnify presents extraordinary shine and luster. The collection integrates Invision Carpet Systems and J&J Commercial lines, allowing for a mixture of elegance and functionality that is available in both broadloom and modular tile with eKo—J&J / Invision’s new, PVC-free backing. 
 KI’s Strive® Seating Collection, the latest innovation in “flex-back” seating, emphasizes simplicity, comfort and affordability. The collection, which includes stack chairs, task chairs, café and task stools, and fixed seating, offers the comfort of an articulating chair to the widest possible audience. With a simple, elegant design based on a small number of components, Strive seating uses polypropylene with slats in the back to enable flexing. With its clean lines and consistent design language, the Strive Collection is appropriate for corporate, education, and healthcare interiors, and comes in six different styles consisting of various frames, arm options, colors, and upholstery selections.
With colors that calm and textures that evoke tranquility, Lonseal is inspiring healing environments with Heiko, a collection of vinyl surfacing designed specifically for healthcare interiors. From the Japanese word for “balance,” Heiko promotes wellness and connection across healthcare environments. Comprising three Lonseal product lines—Loneco, Lonfloor and Lonfoam—Heiko is a balance of soothing aesthetics and resilient hygienic properties, providing designers with exceptional solutions for creating healing spaces that offer rejuvenation for patients, staff and visitors alike. 
 Paul Brayton Designs introduces Celebration—a high- performance Crypton textile available in nine vivid colors reminiscent of a parade … complete with streamers and confetti falling from the sky. This upholstery fabric is suitable for any heavy-duty application, including healthcare, hospitality, university, or high-traffic corporate.
Kimball Office introduces Hum. Minds at Work™. Business leaders understand that success depends on getting the best out of their people—the best individual work, the best teamwork, the best ideas, and the best performance. But if the way people think and work together is so important, shouldn’t office furniture fit people’s minds as well as their bodies? “Hum. Minds at Work” is Kimball Office’s resounding “yes” to this question. Hum helps provide a better work environment for people so they can do their best. It is office furniture modeled on the cognitive processes people use to organize, concentrate and collaborate. Hum environments work the way minds work.
 Only a curtain from Silent Gliss can make waves while at the same time radiating tranquility and harmony. With the new Wave XL, Silent Gliss has given the classic a spectacular new appearance. It could be regarded as a design feature or, with a total lack of modesty, as one of the most beautiful contemporary curtains in the world. Wave XL is especially designed for large-application areas such as lobbies and lofts with large glass surfaces and high ceilings. The system reflects the current trend toward smooth, rounded forms and shapes in today’s interior designs.
The Hammok Collection from Leland International is a seating group of guest, arm, and lounge chairs; and as the name suggests, sitting in a Hammok chair is a “moving experience.” Inspired by the traditional bed used by sailors that sways in concert with the movement of a ship at sea, the Hammok Collection features a gentle rocking motion. The articulating frame and shell assembly provides exceptional comfort, making it perfect for conference and waiting rooms, as well as workspace and hospitality applications. 
 Teknion’s Expansion® Wood offers an exceptional wood casegoods product at an affordable price. With high-quality construction and a broad range of applications—from executive offices to conference tables—Expansion Wood meets varying furniture requirements and budgets with ease. Aesthetic details include an array of glass doors, break front desks, tower hutches, and a selection of pull, edge and finish options. With its reflection and simplicity of modern design, Expansion Wood is ideal for a variety of industry settings.
Inspired by design trends seen at European markets, Amtico introduces the Back to Black Collection of saturated, abstract floor tiles that bring a striking twist to commercial interiors. The collection features rich undertones and is finished with a subtle pearlescent sheen that creates a lacquered appearance. When the floors in the Back to Black Collection are combined with opulently styled furniture and accessories the result is a striking twist on period environments. 
 Ninety, a high-output LED task light from Luxo, breaks new ground in efficiency and design. An advanced system of lenses and dimming capabilities helps to steer light effectively toward the workspace, not only eliminating unwanted glare and reflections but also resulting in lower energy costs and greater sustainability. Fully-adjustable rotational points in the shade neck, lower arm, and base give Ninety a uniquely ergonomic and expansive range of motion.
 

 
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