Marking its 45th year, NeoCon returned to Chicago this week as North America’s largest contract furnishings trade show. Filling sixteen floors of the mammoth Merchandise Mart, architects and designer from across the globe viewed the latest and greatest furnishings, carpeting, wall coverings, and fixtures from thousands of manufacturers. Inhabitat was on site scouting for the best eco products from the show. Read on to see our most notable products from NeoCon 2013.
Intended for use in interior furnishings, Xorel is a bio-based fabric derived from sugar cane. Manufacturer Carnegie spent years in development of the product, and touts that this bio-based fabric has the exact same levels of durability, ease of maintenance and overall performance as all Xorel products. This means that there is NO tradeoff in performance for enhanced sustainability.
Advocate Lavatory System is a sleek, “all-in-one” sink, faucet and dual-sided hand dryer solution made in the U.S. made by Bradley. It is a completely touchless hand-washing experience for a more sustainable, clean and efficient lavatory environment. The users moves directly from the auto soap dispenser on the left, to the touchless faucet at center, and they under the dryer which includes LED downlighting.
Inside the Haworth showroom were many examples of office furnishings with felted upholstery. This inviting lounge chair with ottoman, called Capo, was designed by Doshi Levien. Many other manufacturers were also displaying felted materials on their office furnishing, which was very exciting to see. Felt can be made from a range of materials such as natural wool or recycled industrial fibers.
Spinneybeck Leather displayed their collection of laser engraved, embossed, and layered leather wall tiles in a range of wonderful patterns and colors. The patterned collection is the work of London-based designer, Genevieve Bennett for Spinneybeck.
Ariaprene is a non-toxic synthetic rubber. It is easily decomposable, readily recyclable & hypo-allergenic. Ariaprene was specifically designed to be reprocessed into new fabric many times. This material has have many applications, such as laptop and ipad covers from Incase, backpacks, lunchbags, and furnishings.
The Dyson Airblade V handdryer is a touchless appliances that shoots powerful air onto your hands for ultra fast drying. Most other hand dryers are unhygienic, because they don’t filter bacteria from the restroom air that is being blown onto your hands. Yuck! The Dyson Airblade V hand dryer uses two HEPA filters to remove 99.97% of bacteria from the air used to dry hands.
Polywood displayed an extensive collection of finely crafted outdoor furnishings made entirely from post-consumer bottle waste, such as milk and detergent bottles or other HDPE post industrial material. Their “lumber” is available is a range of finishing, such as the soft touch matte white shown in the Euro Collection outdoor dining set above. Polywood lumber and furnishings are made in the U.S. at their facility in Syracuse, Indiana.
Lightfalls is being called a “virtual led” system, because is uses a small number of diodes and advande reflection technologies to illuminate large spaces. For example, the display above (originally shown at NY Design Week), has only 12 LED that appear to illuminate 97 reflectors. See how it all works here. Lightfalls was developed as a partnership between 3M and designer Todd Bracher.