Erin Shea

Trends: At the Office

Office environments continue to reflect a higher degree of refinement with increasingly streamlined style, customized features, and exotic, green materials. June 12, 2007 Categories: Uncategorized

Trends: Outdoor Furniture

Teak, with its rich color and moisture-friendly properties, is increasingly ubiquitous in outside uses, although other technologies are making new ideas come to life for al fresco spaces. June 12, 2007 Categories: Furniture, Uncategorized

Trends: Office Chairs

When you sit at your computer hours on end, you need to be comfortable. The ergonomic chair is among our most frequently designed products. June 12, 2007 Categories: Uncategorized

Trends: In the Boardroom

Elegant, functional boardrooms impress clients as well as managers. Conference tables in custom sizes and equipped with everything from lighting to plugs make long meetings more productive. June 12, 2007 Categories: Uncategorized

Trends: Healthcare

Institutional settings are no longer synonymous with bland thanks to the attention given to lounge seating. New concepts in chairs that feature seats and back pads in one and easily removable pieces for quick cleaning provide comfort to the patient and are practical to the needs of the healthcare industry. June 12, 2007 Categories: Healthcare Architecture, Uncategorized

Trends: Technology Solutions

In our wireless world, there are more wires in offices than ever before. Managing this proliferation and creating elegant and functional workplaces—now that we want to be environmentally friendly, too—is a challenge to manufacturers. How are the doing? June 12, 2007 Categories: Uncategorized

The Next Generation Speaks

Metropolis’s Next Generation® Design Competition inspires young designers to develop ideas to make the world better, safer, and more sustainable. At the 2006 NeoCon World’s Trade Fair, Susan Szenasy, editor in chief of Metropolis, hosted the magazine’s Next Generation® Student Day Panel to touch base with past winners and runners-up of the competition, to learn where their projects have taken…

Spaced Out Carpets

Taking inspiration from Tibetan tea-stained rugs, Fortune Contract’s Space Guy line of commercial carpet designs is meant to evoke a painting as much as a floor covering. “The process is an easy way for us to add color to existing patterns,” explains Will Fortune, National Sales Director for the Dalton, Ga.-based manufacturer. “It’s subtle and it gives a new look…

A Good Basis

Among the many challenges associated with designing corporate environs include the need for functionality while creating a timeless setting that compliments both task and tastes. When developing Basis, Decca Contract’s collection of casegoods, these challenges were addressed. “Basis works in every setting of an administrative workplace,” explains John W. Fischbach, President of the Dallas-based manufacturer. “There is continuity throughout the…

Winning Mesh

When Zoom Seating introduced the Champion Chair, a modern, ergonomically constructed chair with an angled, perforated backrest designed to promote a healthy posture, function was of the essence. “There is distinction to the back of the chair,” says Herb Duer, Vice President of Sales for the company. “Everything was done to support comfort in seating.” In October, due to overwhelming…

Good Golly Miss Poly

The marriage of beauty and sustainability is a common goal for many manufacturers. With Poly, Metro’s family of side and swivel chairs—as well as matching lounges and ottomans—such a coupling was achieved. “We wanted to design a chair that could readily fit into a residential or corporate setting while keeping in mind that the chair had to be recycle-ready from…

Keilhauer’s Innovative Seating

Do you Sguig? That’s the question coming from Toronto’s Keilhauer, manufacturer of the Sguig, a bouncing, pivoting chair inspired by stability exercise balls. The chair is created to better fit the natural contours and sitting tendencies of both the sexes. “The Sguig provides spine support and safety to the user,” explains Marilyn Maxim, manager of public relations for Keilhauer. “It…

Safety and Design First

The decision to integrate art and safety was an easy one. With a healthcare clientele that accounts for 40% of their business, Meltown Glass Art & Design looked to SaftiFirst, a manufacturer of fire-rated glass, to help create an artistic yet fire-resistant product. The final product needed to provide both a heightened aesthetic and be able to protect patients from…

Liberty at Work

Winner of the Best of 2005 NeoCon Gold Award in Guest Seating, Humanscale’s Liberty Side Chair was revolutionary for its use of translucent mesh textiles designed by Elizabeth Whelan. “We had a list of criteria for the mesh,” Whelan says. “It had to be strong, be able to take a seam, perform and, most importantly, it had to look good.”…

Sanding The Floor

ECOsurfaces has refined their technique that reuses small rubber chips to create palates of rich, yet neutral colors to invoke the finely granulated matter that exists on shores the world over. This new line of rubber flooring—ECOsands—is made from 100% post-consumer material and is designed for versatility. A year in the making, the 12-hued color palate was headed up by…