Author: Edward Keegan

NeoCon Winds Down

Wednesday is the quiet day at NeoCon. That’s not to suggest that it is an uncrowded place, but it is possible to find space on elevators and even the hottest showrooms can be casually strolled without the crush of rush…

USG’s Tough Hide

Tuff-Hide is a spray-applied product that eliminates the usual two-step skim coat and primer coat process necessary to achieve the highest level five gypsum board finish. As designers ask for more sculptural qualities from gypsum board, Tuff-Hide promises to translate…

USG’s TOPO Ceilings

If you’re looking to set sail on a tossed and rolling ceiling, the new TOPO system can make it happen, at least within the constraints of a typical 2-by-2 lay-in tile. TOPO is available in an 8- or 12-inch depth…

Geiger’s Settings

Settings brings the modularity and flexibility of systems furniture to the private office. Changeable panels mount to conventional partitions and provide the backdrop for a large selection of worksurfaces, storage units, and accessories. Finishes vary from wood to paint to…

SMED International’s Mimic Task Light

The Mimic task light is clear plastic evidence that Apple’s i-Mac-inspired designs are still with us. It features a “glow ring” touch-sensitive dimmer that allows the user to choose either 60 or 100 percent power output, depending on need. Its…

CCN’s Executive Poche

CCN extends its Poche line this year with an executive boardroom ensemble that builds on designer Don Killaby’s keen interest in minimalist sculpture and early modernism. Primary horizontal and vertical planes are constructed of a 3-inch-thick core element, with all…

Johnsonite’s New Psychedelic Flooring

Resilient flooring is going back to the 1960s with the tie-dyed patterns of Johnsonite’s new Olio. Designers can mix colors, patterns, and textures online at the company’s web site to produce an endless series of psychedelic floors. Custom production capabilities…

The nxt Chair from Arconas

The nxt (pronounced “next”) chair is an Italian design that hangs a squarish back (kind of resembles a window shade) and a contrasting oval lumbar support from a single central support column. The best (or should I say “bst”) version…

Halcon’s Landscape System Workstation

Landscape is the office system for those who like their lines two ways: straight and horizontal. Panels are comprised of layered, H-shaped elements that clearly define space while allowing visual and verbal communication between workstations. Wires neatly tuck inside the…

Mannington Goes Green

Early press literature promised that NeoCon’s Tuesday afternoon Green Walk would mean dozens of manufacturer’s reps wearing “Ask me why I’m green” buttons. I was concerned that this promotion might spring an army of eco-friendly alien creatures on an otherwise…

Izzydesign’s Graceful Gracie

The Gracie is a simple design that doesn’t look or feel like a stacking chair, though it is stackable. It’s a hefty piece, though its weight belies its pleasing lines and makes it feel more expensive than it is. It’s…

Ki Seating’s New Piretti Chair

The prototype Piretti Dance Chair is like so many new chairs already available—extremely light and capable of being folded, nested, or stacked for easy storage. But its playfully colored, dimple-patterned plastic back has a notch that allows the chair to…

Knoll’s A3 System Workstation

If our increasingly nomadic workforce wants to be sprung from the corporate monotony of cubicles, shouldn’t the solution be, maybe, a tented city? That’s exactly what large-scale installations of the A3 workstation will look like. Knoll and Asymptote developed the…

Keilhauer’s Felt Chair and Ottoman

Thirty-two year old Montreal-born designer Brent Cordner’s first furniture design bears a striking similarity to another Canadian’s earliest efforts in furniture, Frank Gehry. But while Gehry layered corrugated cardboard for Bloomingdale’s in the 1970s to make his first splash in…

Good Morning NeoCon

It’s 9:20 on Monday morning and I’m already running late. Chicago is used to big conventions, but they tend to be held at McCormick Place. That’s located south of the Loop on the lakefront and they have a single room…

LAS U.S.A.’s Yuma Chair

As materials get lighter, chairs just seem to get bigger and bigger. LAS U.S.A.’s “Yuma” chair is representative of the trend—combining large size with curved planes, anthropomorphic frames, and lots of exposed adjustable hardware. Fill your office with these chairs…

Woodworks Vector Ceiling Tile from Armstrong

With Woodworks Vector Armstrong has developed a wood-surfaced ceiling panel that completely conceals an ordinary, inexpensive T-type suspension system while meeting all the requirements of a Class A rating for smoke and fire. Manufactured with beech, cherry, and maple veneers,…

TIM (Tables In Motion) from Versteel

TIM is Versteel’s acronym for “tables in motion,” though it’s hard not to think of a certain fire-throwing Monty Python character when you hear of a table called Tim. It’s a simple worksurface that moves, links, tilts, folds, and nests…

Rubber Flooring from Mondo

With over a million square feet of exhibition space, NeoCon can be quite an assault on the feet. So when I walked into the Mondo exhibition area, I was surprised to find myself sinking into the same softness you usually…