Author: Edward Keegan

Scaling Up for NeoCon 2003

I only arrived a half-hour late to NeoCon this year, a delay more by design than mere tardiness, since I know how congested Chicago’s River North area gets during rush hour. Showing up at 9:30, I thought, would help me…

More Monolithic Cork Flooring

Composed purely of recycled cork and rubber, Expanko’s XCR3 seems to have a rather high-tech name for an all-natural product. In fact, the moniker is simply an acronym for the tongue-twisting “Expanko cork-rubber, 3rd generation.” Expanko’s iteration of the cork-flooring…

Into the Woods

Milwaukee architects craft a stunning lakeside retreat that blends naturally into the rugged hillside setting.

A Light that Takes Root

Inspired by the organic language of nature, the Root light bollard offers a distinctive profile while providing ample illumination, which it directs at the pavement, rather than the pedestrian. In its wood-finish option, the Root could well be mistaken for…

Xten: A Chair with a Sports Car Legacy

It’s hardly surprising that the first chair to be designed by Pininfarina would have the sleek lines and sophisticated technology usually associated with sports cars. After all, the company’s legendary designers have been sculpting the automobiles of Fiat, Lancia, Alfa…

Lees’ Vinyl Carpet Tiles

Initially, Lees’ Wovensquare MTX Collection looks like ordinary carpet tiles, but their holographic surfaces alter when you view them from different angles. And the 24” x 24” tiles aren’t really carpeting at all: they’re made of an abrasion-resistant vinyl polymer…

Growing a New Carpet Tile Collection

Last year, Interface sent out enough carpet samples to match the height of the Empire State Building six-and-a-half times, according to the company’s regional VP Joyce LaValle. Reflecting upon this, Interface is utilizing innovative—and more environmentally sensitive—methods to introduce its…

Linx: An Interlinking Bench System

Linx’s name is a play on this seating system’s cat-like maneuverability and its distinctive steel-and-nylon linking mechanism that attaches each six-sided piece to its neighbor. The length of the seat i s potentially limitless, and the easily rotated link makes…

Topo Office System

“It’s a dynamic composition that allows users to work at a variety of elevations—standing, sitting, and lounging,” says Metro senior designer Otto Williams about the new Topo furniture system. The firm’s in-house design group did “road trips” to offices around…

A Sofa that Creates Waves

Brayton’s new Ripple lounge can either be a squiggly shape across your floor or a wiggly seat under your bottom. Designed by Arquitectonica principal Laurinda Spear, this couch can be placed upright, so that you sit snugly between a pair…

Kron’s Blooming Good Seat

An empty auditorium usually looks like just a sea of empty seats. With kron’s Tulip, however, that auditorium can look like a field about to blossom. With a petal-inspired seat, arms, and back, the Tulip not only offers a visual…

Wood Flooring Made of…Rubber?

As flooring has become more sophisticated and affordable, resilient wall bases have lagged behind. Now Johnsonite is offering 11 different profiles in their Millwork Collection; all are designed to mimic traditional wood bases in size and appearance. These single-piece rubber…

A Process to Etch Photos on Glass

Chicago-based Skyline Design’s FOTOglas is a new proprietary process that etches photographic images onto the surface of glass. The etching is permanent, translucent, and can be used on either one or both sides of the glass to create varying illusions…

An ADA-Compliable Wall Bracket

Doyle Crosby’s elegant new Rail Wall Bracket allows designers lots of possibilities for exciting lighting installations. The ultra-thin fixture—its finished frame is a mere 1-3/4” square—projects, at most, only three-and-a-half inches from the wall, which makes the bracket compliable with…

ICF Group’s Laminated Luna Seat

The Luna chair is sophisticated, with its thin steel frame and pin-striped, laminated wooden seat and back. (You can choose between black or mocha-colored stripes, too!) But the sheer simplicity of the chair, particularly its single-piece construction, gives it a…

Vecta’s Rocky Chair Lasts 15 Rounds

Designed with a hip-side pivot, Vecta’s Rocky chair can move with any punch you throw at it. Sleek in style, the two-part seat is designed for comfort and looks, and is reminiscent of the aerodynamic curves common in classic modern…

Instyle’s Wovin Walls

Leave it to an Australian-based textile company to produce one of NeoCon’s more distinctive booths. Instyle’s space features two apparently woven walls; look closely, though, and you’ll see those walls are actually a panelized wall and ceiling system, called “Wovin,”…

An Office Chair with Zoom

ZOOM Seating’s as-yet-unnamed prototype office chair features a five-point wheeled base, fully upholstered seat, and a polypropylene back with five different options. Designer Sava Cvek draws on many contemporary chairs with this seat’s slightly vertebrate frame and the de rigueur…

Sitting Pretty with the Seattable

With a small tug of a handle, the Seattable Model ST.L converts from chair to table and then back again, alleviating the need for stocking a space with lots of different types of furniture. With its sled base available in…

A Jellyfish for Your Laptop

This amoeba-shaped stand raises your laptop screen to eye-level; this more ergonomically correct position prevents back strain. A hinged, clear plastic leaf allows you to choose three different heights and angles for your machine, while carefully located openings at the…