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NeoCon Recap

June 30, 2016

1. The Gianni collection caught the eyes of passers-by, drawing them in. Printed in black-and-white, it served as a working example of not only Arc-Com’s contemporary patterning in their textile lines, but their printed wallcovering capabilities as well.

2. There were several times during our tour that I stopped to say “oh wow” at Tarkett’s selection, but the Infinities Collection made the biggest impact on me. Working with designers Georginna Stout (shown), DB Kim, Kristina Ninivaggi, and Suzanne Tick, this collection is sure to be seen in the upcoming year.

3. Admittantly, BuzziSpace’s Jungle wasn’t the most realistic piece of NeoCon 2016, but it was definitely the most “buzzed” about. Best described as an adult jungle gym, it combines resting and socializing with questioning your outfit choice. It definitely made an impact during the week and made us all feel like kids at heart.

4. Following on the heels of their AspectaTen unveiling in 2015, Aspecta by Metroflor introduced their AspectaOne series. The high-impact flooring boasts a 22 mil wear layer and comes in 54 SKUs for optimal variety.

5. While Midcentury Modernism has made its impact on the market, Leland’s commitment to authenticity took it a step further with their Rapson© Thirty-Nine Collection. Using original concept sketches by Ralph Rapson (1914-2008) found in the Cranbrook Academy’s archives and through collaboration with his family, they meticulously recreated his works.

6. Koncept is known for creating elegant lighting options which are able to look so light and simple through their complex technology, but Z-Bar (winner of the Gold in Lighting award) takes it to a new level. The thin bars of LED light can be rearranged like Legos, creating customizable options that make an impact without dominating the space.

7. Designed by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper, the Parentesit wall panels not only dampen sound, but are backlit and BlueTooth enabled to allow the user to conduct conference calls, play music, or use with video presentations.

8. While Carnegie’s showroom was awash in bright colors and fun patterns, it was the more understated Atmospheres Collection that made the biggest impact. The technology-driven textiles are able to control heat, glare, light, and sound while maintaining a light-and-airy aesthetic.

9. One of the only products we saw with a line of people waiting to test it out, Reflect by Allsteel works as an all-in-one collaboration space, privacy pod, lounge, and work surface. The high back and 360 degree turning abilities allows the user to signal that they are busy—either individually or with a group—without completely removing them audibly from the office.

10. Christiane Müller Collection for HBF Textiles, (shown here in Dreamy) was a show-stopper with its vibrant hues and slight optic acrobatics created through the blending of colored fibers which makes it just as beautiful from any distance. Expertly executed, the collection fits both commercial and residential applications.

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