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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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?

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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.…

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…

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.…

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%…