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June 11, 2014
It can be slightly amusing that during NeoCon, the massive commercial furniture fair where vendors push solutions for a more serene office environment, the bustling atmosphere is anything but relaxed. Amid the controlled chaos, crowds, and demos, it is possible to find a moment of calm, as well as new workspace solutions that do live up to their billing. We’ve already highlighted some of our favorite finds from this year’s convention, but we also discovered a number of new chairs, desks, and dividers that combine great design and practical improvements for the duly deskbound.
Lady7 Desk Lamp
Lady7 Desk Lamp by Koncept

This barely there telescoping lamp illuminates without intruding, a razor-thin right angle underscoring the utility of LED lights. The base includes a USB port for added functionality.

Photo by Koncept

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OLD One Collection at NeoCon 2014
BOLD One Collection by Bold Furniture

The work of Michigan designer Joey Ruiter was all over the Merchandise Mart this year. One of our favorite examples was his BOLD One adjustable desks, part of an entire system of rectilinear furniture that cuts a clean, low profile.

Photo by BOLD

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adjustable height desk by human scale
QuickStand by Humanscale

The push for a healthier, more ergonomic workday means there are more upright desks waiting to stand up and be counted than ever. Humanscale’s new mountable workstation makes it easier to ditch the chair without being saddled with the cost of new office furniture. It’s one of the more simple and straightforward ways to turn your desk into more of a true action office.

Photo by Humanscale

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Remix Chair by Knoll at NeoCon 2014
Remix Chair by Knoll

Knoll’s showroom was overflowing this year, fully wired with the Bounce app and set up to showcase the brand's "r/evolution" workplace concept. Luckily, the floor was filled with the comfortable new Remix Chair, an upholstered evolution of the Generation chairs.

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Halcon by Lex by NeoCon 2014
Halcon by Lex

When done poorly, open office space recalls the drab, dehumanizing, rip-and-run style rows of desk space found in Boiler Room, or dimly lit call centers. Lex’s refined design for collaborative workstations by STUDIOS Architecture adds a stately imprimatur to an open floor plan. If only the slate walnut and smoked glass surface could block your neighbor’s annoying phone calls.

Photo by Lex

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BuzziVille by BuzziSpace at NeoCon 2014
BuzziVille by BuzziSpace

BuzziSpace products seem tailor-made for a more relaxed start-up environment. Their new conference picnic table features a ridge designed to hold iPads, and their workspace solution, BuzziVille, not only sounds like the next Zynga mobile game, but looks about as comfortable as an executive hoodie, a comfy cocoon of felt perfect for ducking away for a quick meeting. They also offer a wall panel with a small triangular nook, meant to encourage informal meeting throughout the day.

Photo by BuzziSpace

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Mimeo Chair by Allsteel at NeoCon 2014
Mimeo Chair by Allsteel

Allsteel’s award-winning Mimeo stood out with a knit plastic grid that adds multiple dimensions of back support.

Photo by Allsteel

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Locale Workstation by Herman Miller at NeoCon
Locale Workstation by Herman Miller

In retrospect, the inspiration for Locale—a bustling high street in London—is literally and figuratively perfect for the collaborative workspace system. Seeking to spark the kind of dynamic interactions that make cities so inspirational and integrated, designers Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of Industrial Facility molded the Locale system in that mold, bridging gaps with multiple points of interaction.

Photo by Herman Miller

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MC Square Dry Erase Boards at NeoCon 2014
MC Squares Dry Erase Boards

For tools that truly spur innovation, collaboration, and potentially doodling, the MC Squares system of mountable, modular, and portable dry erase boards made an impression. Perfect for sketching and more interactive white boarding exercises, the product appears destined to have a future beyond its Indiegogo campaign.

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Lady7 Desk Lamp
Lady7 Desk Lamp by Koncept

This barely there telescoping lamp illuminates without intruding, a razor-thin right angle underscoring the utility of LED lights. The base includes a USB port for added functionality.

Photo by Koncept

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