At the 47th anniversary of NeoCon, the annual contract industry trade show which took place in Chicago June 15th to 17th, Knoll demonstrated a range of adaptable furniture solutions that support technology and its dynamic role in connecting people in and across workplaces.
Knoll’s theme for NeoCon 2015 was the “Office Network” which crystallized the relationship between the evolving role of social networks in the workplace and the technology networks and on-demand power and data access that enable them.
The Office Network presentations showcased areas to welcome, connect and linger, work lounge areas, connectivity hubs, flexible open plan solutions.
Knoll’s display places special emphasis on uniting the social, physical and electrical power imperatives that influence design.
Knoll delivered solutions to power the workplace, support the network and anticipate future change.
Across Knoll’s Neocon showroom visitors could see a range of furniture solutions to support technology and its dynamic role in connecting people in and across workplaces.
Today’s workplace is a reflection of an organization’s brand, culture and people, enhanced and supported by ever-changing technology.
The evolving relationship between social networks and technology in today’s workplace calls for new furniture elements that match people and their activities to the space, technology and content they need to do their work.
The Knoll 2015 NeoCon presentation built upon r/evolution workplace the company’s platform that illustrates the freedom and opportunity organizations have to re-imagine places of work.
Within the broader context of Knoll’s r/evolution workplacee platform, the new 2015 product collections reflect Knoll’s continued commitment to meeting the ever-changing needs of users in the digital age.
With r/evolution workplace Knoll helps its’ our customers re-imagine their workplace exploring four different approaches – Perimeter, Core, Efficient and Adaptive – each addressing real estate, technology and individuals’ needs differently to help our customers define their next work environment – one that drives their mission forward.
First introduced at NeoCon 2014, r/evolution workplace is a platform that enables planning and design solutions for diverse needs across real estate, technology and people, with the understanding that there is no single ‘office of the future.’
The showroom focused on powering the workplace, supporting a network of workers and delivering flexibility to evolve.
The 2015 Knoll Neocon showroom was organized around four distinct interior planning paradigms: Perimeter, Core, Efficient and Adaptive.
Andrew Cogan, Knoll CEO, commented, “Enhancements to our product line-up continue to support our clients’ pragmatic workplace issues, including ergonomic adjustability, as well as their challenges in supporting today’s diverse work styles.”
Knoll product displayed the company’s expertise in connecting people, technology and place through products that combine planning efficiency and flexibility.
The visually-light technology channel Horsepower builds on the company’s pioneering high-performance spine-based products, Service Wall, Fence and Interpole
As a group, these products manage power and data distribution, accommodate changing workplace needs and offer different scales and planning capabilities for the office network.
Solutions to support the network include video-conferencing at various scales and Activity Spaces with screen sharing technologies.
Knoll products also demonstrated support for new and emerging technologies like Cisco and AppleTV, and will support emerging ones.
Knoll displays emphasize the company’s expertise in connecting people, technology and place through a breadth and depth of choice in products that combine planning efficiency and flexibility.
Each of the four r/evolution workplace areas incorporated a range of the most popular Knoll products for open plan environments, private offices and Activity Spaces, including – Antenna Workspaces, Dividends Horizon, k.lounge, Reff Profiles, Antenna Telescope and Tone height-adjustable tables, Interpole, Anchor and Template.
Antenna Telescope is a height-adjustable table system that combines the healthy ergonomics of adjustable height workspaces with the planning efficiency of benching.
Tone height-adjustable tables offer a range of adjustment options that allow users the freedom to personalize their workspace.
For advanced power and data needs, Fence delivers unsurpassed technology management capabilities.
Independent Horsepower is a stable structure for large video display and shelf for peripherals.
New Products @ NeoCon 2015
Best of NeoCon – Gold Award winners = Pixel, Prism and The Adjaye Collection
Other Debut products = Horsepower and Pop Up
1) Pixel by Marc Krusin ( best of Neocon Award )
Pixel by Marc Krusin is a comprehensive collection of flexible, architecturally inspired meeting tables designed so people can think, learn and work with ease.
In today’s fast-paced world, real estate and time are always at a premium.
Multi-use spaces have become common, and employees or students must work, eat, collaborate — all in the same location.
Moveable elements define a variety of work settings, allowing people to connect to each other for shared work and social activity.
Pixel features the intuitive Pixel Connect system and a patent-pending flip mechanism that makes it simple to attach, separate and nest tables for a virtually limitless range of meeting and training applications.
Saving precious minutes and maximizing productivity, Pixel tables come apart and reconfigure quickly and easily, all by a single individual.
Plus, high-performance design details ensure it will last in even the most active environments.
Designed to shape an environment that moves to meet the needs of multiple tasks and audiences, Pixel delivers an innovative update to flexible meeting tables
Whether it’s ganged or freestanding; flipped or fixed; nested or folded, the Pixel Collection solves the long list of workspace demands.
Five base options are available.
2) HorsePower by Antenna Design
HorsePower by Antenna Design is a visually light technology and power conduit, spirited in form and steady on its feet.
The independent, cord-set module serves as an on-demand, mobile power source suited to a range of Activity Spaces: optional seat cushions create an impromptu bench in community spaces and video display, whiteboard and open storage options equip flexible, shared work areas.
Configured Horsepower modules can also furnish dynamic open plan environments with hardwired, multi-circuit power, cable management, suspended storage, desk supports, modesty panels and privacy screens
Horsepower serves the adaptive office with a place to sit and recharge, a structure for whiteboards and video displays, and an efficient technology channel defining individual and group workspaces.
Horsepower modules can also furnish dynamic open plan environments with hardwired, multi-circuit power, cable management, suspended storage, sawhorse-style desk supports, modesty panels and privacy screens.
Horsepower supports glass, laminate or fabric screens above adjacent desks, and open or enclosed storage cabinets below.
3) Pop Up by Antenna Design
Pop Up by Antenna Design empowers users to shape their surroundings.
Used as an individual desk accessory, Pop Up allows users to create an ad hoc boundary when they desire focus or privacy.
The screens can also be mounted to a work surface, acting as a more flexible alternative to permanent screens.
The screens provide instantly adjustable space delineation, privacy and enclosure for primary and shared spaces.
In addition, Pop Up provides adaptable space delineation and enclosure in shared Activity Spaces.
4) Prism by David Adjaye
Prism is David Adjaye’s new addition to his critically acclaimed 2013 Washington Collection for Knoll and his first foray into lounge furniture for Knoll.
The suite, which includes a club chair, an ottoman and a side table, explores twenty-first century sculptural forms that command a presence in any setting.
The three pieces are designed as geometric shapes that are also ergonomically perfected for the body.
Prism complements Adjaye’s Washington Skeleton and Skin chairs and Corona Table.
5) Pilot Lounge Chair by Barber Osgerby
The Barber Osgerby Lounge Chair joins Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby’s 2014 sofa lounge collection, and the Barber Osgerby Tables and Stools, introduced at Milan Salone earlier this year.
The Lounge Chair embodies refinement, comfort and exceptional craftmanship.
A modern piece with a unique silhouette and innovative aluminum structure, it is available in a range of fabric and leather coverings ideal for residential and office settings, and in high and low backs.
The innovative new Barber Osgerby Swivel Lounge Chair presents both visual and material lightness.
In addition, Knoll presented enhancements to existing Product Collections:
6) Dividends Horizon – product lines for open plan environments and private offices
Dividends Horizon workstations with Tone Height-Adjustable Table, Anchor Storage and Remix Work Chair.
Four new corner tables that allow for L and U-shaped configurations of k. lounge straight benches, including combinations of benches with and without backs.
Dividends Horizon Faceted Worksurfaces and Satellite tops create an outward facing design to position the user toward the aisle to support collaboration while maintaining a sense of privacy.
7) Reff Profiles – product lines for open plan environments and private office
Bringing enclosed spaces to the core creates the room for a greater variety of work settings.
Single or shared private offices are part of the Reff Profile vocabulary.
8) Reff Autostrada
Focus work in the open plan needs a clear organization of space; Interpole screens combine with AutoStrada to provide structure to a space with a modern, architectural presence.
Interpole screens also help define boundaries of enclave, team meeting and community spaces.
9) Anchor storage collection – to provide tailored solutions for open plan environments
10) k.lounge collection
The k. lounge portfolio is growing with four new corner tables that allow for L and U-shaped configurations of k. lounge straight benches, including combinations of benches with and without backs.
Tables feature an upholstered base, white laminate top.
11) KnollTextiles – including a signature debut collection by David Adjaye consisting of one wallcovering, two draperies and six upholstery fabrics, as well new designs by Dorothy Cosonas for commercial, healthcare and hospitality applications
KnollTextiles previewed The Adjaye Collection by David Adjaye.
The collection is a blend of Adjaye’s roots in Africa grounded in the language of modern textile design.
Each product presents a unique take on geometric and organic systems through the process of weaving or printing. The end result is an extraordinary range of patterns and textures.
The collection is inspired by geography, nature and culture along with objects and textiles from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Coinciding with the launch of the collection is an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt curated by David Adjaye called ‘Adjaye Selects.’
12 ) Acoustic FilzFelt products by Architecture Research Office – wall, ceiling and space-dividing solutions to aid acoustic, aesthetic and privacy by combining standard components covered in 63 colorways of 100% Wool Design Felt
Impressions Acoustic tiles comprise 6 different classic KnollTextile patterns which have been impressed onto a high performance ultra-thin acoustic substrate to provide sound absorption in commercial spaces using a breakthrough proprietary process.
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NeoCon is the largest commercial interiors show in North America, taking place at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago since 1969.
NeoCon today remains the premier platform for connecting, learning and doing business in the industry.
The three-day event attracts nearly 50,000 design professionals and showcases more than 700 leading companies.
With over 1 million square feet of exhibition space, the show launches thousands of new products and covers a spectrum of vertical markets including Workplace, Healthcare, Hospitality, Retail, Education, Public Spaces, and Government.
The exhibition is complemented by first-class educational programming featuring over 100 accredited seminars, association forums, special events and keynote presentations that showcase leading industry and business experts.
Knoll is recognized internationally for workplace and residential design that inspires, evolves and endures.
Knoll’s portfolio of furniture, textile, leather and accessories brands—including Knoll, KnollStudio, KnollTextiles, KnollExtra, Spinneybeck, FilzFelt, Edelman Leather, and HOLLY HUNT—reflects our commitment to modern design that meets the diverse requirements of high performance offices and luxury interiors.
A recipient of the National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Knoll is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council and can help organizations achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) workplace certification.
Knoll is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program.