11 Best Of Neocon® WTF 2010 Design Awards
As far as WTFs go, there's probably nothing larger in the design world than the show at The Merchandise Mart taking place right now in Chicago. The The Best of NeoCon WTF 2010 is held annually (and it's going on right now for 2010) for 'contract designers,' those more involved in industrial design for public areas, offices, and hospitals, and on a more limited basis, homes.
The Best of NeoCon WTF 2010 exhibits are displayed throughout the huge Mart, and yesterday, 81 awards were distributed ranging from architectural awards to workplace technologies. Here are 11 of my favorite winners from the NeoCon WTF 2010 competition. (No, it's not the WTF you are thinking; it's the World Trade Fair!)
Best of NeoCon 2010 Awards: Furniture Category
1. Architectural Products Gold Award: Kids Glass by Skyline Design
2. Casegoods Editors' Choice: Jofco DR
3. Worksurfaces: Height-Adjustable Gold Award: Wing-It by SurfaceWorks
Stand or sit; it's a push-button adjustable work station!
4. Educational Solutions Innovation Award: node™ by Steelcase, Inc.
Pull up a chair! (Wheels are a popular feature on chairs in the exhibit this year.)
Best of NeoCon 2010 Awards: Healthcare Categories Winners
5. Healthcare Furniture Gold Winner: Compass™ by Herman Miller Healthcare
This is not just a hospital bed. It's a fully modular room that can be used for patients, exam, or clinical settings.
6. Healthcare Seating Gold Award: Allay Sleep Sofa by Wieland
Sofa by day, sleeper by night. Perfect for a patient's room; it eliminates the weird juggling of chairs as new visitors come into the room.
Best of NeoCon 2010 Awards: Seating Category Winners
7. Benches Gold Award: dna Collaborative Seating and Tables by Teknion
Meeting spaces are more connected.
Best of NeoCon 2010 Awards: Carpet and Flooring Category Winners
8. Modular (Tile) Silver Award: 18x36 by Shaw Contract Group
What a difference the shape makes!
Best of NeoCon 2010 Awards: Fabrics and Coverings Category Winners
9. Upholstery Gold Award: Rodarte by Knoll Luxe
These upholstery patterns were inspired by Rodarte's runway designs from the last five years.
10. Window Treatments Innovation Award: Sundialer® by MechoShade Systems
A smart shade puller, the Sundialer automatically adjusts your window shades to their optimal positions, based on 'scientific calculations' and user preferences. It minimizes glare, maximizes natural light, and saves energy.
Best of NeoCon 2010 Awards: Lighting, Technologies, and Other Category Winners
11. Office Accessories Gold Award: Humanair Personal Zone Air Purifier by Humanscale
Air is personal when it comes to the Personal Zone Purifier, and it surrounds you with a "bubble" of clean and silent, ozone free air.