Flexibility, customization, and connectivity seem to be the buzzwords at this year’s NeoCon. Here are just three of the manufacturers who are proving themselves as leaders of the pack.
1. Architecture Research Office by FilzFelt, through Knoll.
Silence is golden...and stylish, too, courtesy of Architecture Research Office. Partners Stephen Cassell, Kim Yao, and Adam Yarinsky unveil the firm’s namesake collection of acoustical solutions for FilzFelt. The fully customizable system includes ARO Block, featuring wool-felt panels of varying shapes designed to form repetitive patterns across entire walls or as an accent. Available in 63 colors—and infinite configurations. Through Knoll, in space 1111 at NeoCon.
2. OK, you’ve been warned: Konstantin Grcic wants to disrupt your workplace.
Inspired by a tour of high-tech West Coast HQs, the prolific designer teamed with Vitra (space 1192) to develop Hack, a flexible system that upends the corporate-office paradigm. Raw panels of OSB frame the units, which can be fitted with work surfaces or converted into seating by adding upholstery. And Hack flat-packs for quick moving or storage.
3. With its newest collection, Synergy, conscientious textile house Camira (space 11-23A) one-ups itself.
The fabric, made of premium New Zealand wool spiked with nylon (5 percent, to be exact), is a slightly softer, lighter, and brighter version of its popular Blazer wool. The series encompasses 75 solid hues and two coordinating prints: the tie-dye-effect Individuo and the aptly named Zig Zag, the latter conceived by graphic designers Howard Wakefield and Sarah Parris of British studio Parris Wakefield Additions. The high-performance fabric boasts a relaxed drape, sublime handle, and personality to spare (space 11-23A).