NeoCon 2017 Preview


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At NeoCon this year, we demonstrate that feeling welcome, empowered, connected, calm and comfortable helps people do their best work. Inspired by the introduction of our latest knowledge book, The True Measure Of A Space Is How It Makes Us Feel, experience first-hand how thoughtful design positively impacts the workplace.




Activity Based Design
for the Healthy Workplace

0.1 CEU Wednesday, June 14th 11am-12pm

Our lives have been affected by a renewed interest in wellness. We have modified our thinking and our behaviors to be more focused on health and well-being. This rethinking has now permeated the office…where many of us spend most of our waking hours. What if our workplaces supported our well-being on multiple levels, and didn’t just aim to be ‘less bad’ but were truly regenerative, healthy environments? How do we, as an industry, design interior environments that support the physical and psychological well-being of the people who inhabit them? Activity-based design is an important part of the answer. Jennifer Busch, Vice President A&D, Teknion will address the concepts and value of activity-based design in healthy planning for the modern office, and Sean McKenney, Senior Designer, Product Application, Teknion, will discuss and illustrate real project challenges and applied solutions related to activity-based design.

Jennifer Busch, Vice President A&D, Teknion
Sean McKenney, Senior Designer, Product Application, Teknion



Previewed Product

Zones Lounge Settings

Zones expands upon the award-winning collection that was first featured at NeoCon 2016. New furniture pieces have been added to the offering to enable whole new planning paradigms. Zones Screens create unobtrusive, aesthetically pleasing barriers that define space and allow to create for various working environments. Lounge screens are instrumental at enclosing areas best suitable for more casual, relaxed gatherings, individual or focused work.

Zones Workshop Settings

Zones Workshop Settings build upon the concept of Enclosures and Lounge Settings by extending the available footprint and scale to accommodate larger group meetings, project work or conferencing. Like Lounge screens, Workshop screens are shaped in various ways to create a myriad of possibilities for floor planning.

Zones Modular Seating

The signature Open Serpentine Planning capability of the Modular Seating is enhanced by mixing high-, low- or no-back units, plus varying their direction and material finishes. Each unit connects different activities within a single footprint. Endless combinations exist to blend with other products. There are many possibilities for impromptu collaboration and reflection in perimeter planning applications as well.

Zones System Integration

New Zones-inspired elements, such as curved timber legs and Desk Edge Screens, seamlessly integrate with District and upStage systems to soften the lines and help enhance the individual’s tactile experience. These new organic design elements create fluid, inviting furniture shapes and help to engage workstation users in a state of comfort while ensuring complete systems functionality.

Expansion Cityline

Expansion Cityline reimagines how one system can do more. It has the clean, flexible and continuous power/data applications of a panel system without the panel. The aesthetic is comfortable and contemporary with robust accessory features that provide user empowerment. Thoughtful social interaction areas can be integrated and structure can be minimized to a power distribution fence.

Altos Landscape

Altos Landscape is a horizontally oriented wall system combined with a functional collection of wall-integrated furniture. This unique combination gives opportunity for layered off-module planning applications that maximize the usable space in an environment, and minimize the necessary cost of architectural product on the floor plate.

Nuova Contessa

2017 marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of the Contessa task chair, a modern classic that has proven itself timeless and is Teknion’s most popular work chair to date. To commemorate the occasion Contessa is relaunching as Nuova Contessa and will include improved performance, new features, updated design, plus new fabrics and finishes.

Studio TK Dual Lounge

Dual lounge is a dynamic seating collection designed to celebrate expression and elevate the conversation. The duality of materials offers a seat ripe for expression.

Kuskoa & Kuskoa Bi
by Studio TK

Kuskoa is rethinking the role of form and materiality in the new workplace. From large cafes to small collaboration zones, the chair, counter-height and bar-height stools offer versatile elegance to pair with a range of table types.

Kuskoa Bi is a statement piece you can sit on. This unique bioplastic design is derived from plant-based renewable resources.

Bevy Table by Studio TK

Bevy is a dynamic table platform you can configure to your heart’s delight. For sitting, standing, or perching the collection is designed to flexibly solve for any spatial configuration.

Lasai by Studio TK

Lasai is lounge seating with a calming sensibility and a crafted touch. The low-profile, Hans Wegner-inspired recline is ideal for getting comfortable and catching up with colleagues.

Focus In Collection
by Luum Textiles

Technology continues to redefine the way we engage, think and feel about interiors. The traditional modes of interaction in offices, schools and hotels are being transformed through new tools that enable rapid communication. With advancements in technology encouraging mobility and flexibility, the importance of adaptable products is addressed through the Focus In collection.

Multi-purpose environments that offer interchangeable areas are now the norm. The aesthetic and performance qualities of products specified within these fluid spaces require an agility that supports a range of activities. The Focus In collection by Luum offers a collection of seven fabrics that reflect this nimble attitude.



Meet the Designers


Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd founded PearsonLloyd design studio in 1997. Since then, the London-based practice has served many sectors— including healthcare, office furniture, aviation and urban design—with a focus on identifying and responding to the shifting patterns of behavior in contemporary life. PearsonLloyd takes a collaborative approach to its work, embracing the restrictions imposed by production, the market, and other factors that define a brief. Its work is grounded in research, and at the core is an attempt to understand the relationship between a product, its place, and the way people use it. In 2008, Tom and Luke were awarded the distinction of Royal Designers for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts. In August 2012, they were named one of the Top 50 Designers Shaping the Future by Fast Company magazine in New York.

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Suzanne Tick is the founder of Suzanne Tick Inc., a firm specializing in material development for commercial and residential interiors—including textiles, carpet, hard surfacing, glass, woven metal screens and lighting. She is currently the Creative Director for Textiles at LUUM. Suzanne is known for her intelligent and enthusiastic approach to design in evolving markets, as well as for her dedication to providing innovative solutions. In addition to her work in commercial interiors, Suzanne maintains a hand-weaving practice and creates woven sculptures from repurposed materials. Suzanne also maintains a distinguished career as a textile designer and studio principal in New York City. She is partnering with Tarkett on brand strategy and product development and is a design consultant for Tandus Centiva. Suzanne’s past clients include KnollTextiles and Skyline Design.

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After earning a degree in industrial design from the Elisava School of Design in Barcelona, Spain, Mario Ruiz began his independent professional career in 1995. For more than ten years, he lectured at the Eina and Elisava design schools in Barcelona. In 2003, the first monograph on his work, “Mario Ruiz/Costa Design,” was published by Actar. Mario has undertaken projects in diverse fields including residential and office furniture, lighting, textile design, product design and graphics. Due to his skill and multi-disciplinary experience, Mario has won the confidence of more than 120 leading companies around the world, including Studio TK, Siemens, Steelcase, Thomson, Schneider Electric, Dynamobel, Sellex, Gandia Blasco, Haworth, HBF, Metalarte, Offecct, Castelli, Citterio, Lapalma and Schiavello. He has also served as a creative director—defining product catalogs, brand and graphic identities, and developing showrooms and trade-fair stands. Mario’s work has been acknowledged with more than 40 prestigious awards in Europe and the United States.

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Toan Nguyen is a French industrial designer living in Milan. He graduated from the ENSCI in Paris in 1995 and began his career working with Italian architect, furniture designer and industrial designer Antonio Citterio. At Antonio Citterio’s practice, Toan took over as head of design. Over ten years, he co-signed more than forty products for Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Flos, Iittala, Kartell, Technogym and Vitra, among others. Toan founded his own studio in 2008. He has since designed numerous collections renowned for their elegance: the Bellows collection of occasional tables and poufs for Walter Knoll; the MU outdoor range for Dedon; the Wow table for Lema; the Lagunitas system with Coalesse; the Contemporary Collection for Fendi Casa; and the iconic Penta armchair for Viccarbe. Toan’s style pushes design details to their maximum. In 2015, he designed the innovative INO range in SaphirKeramik developed by Laufen; the architectural and complex Algorithm lighting system for Vibia; and the Infinito lounge sofa and Masalla table collections for Studio TK.

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