Best of NeoCon 2013 award winners for furnishings announced—Haworth takes Best of Competition

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by Brianna Crandall — June 12, 2013—The winners of the 2013 Best of NeoCon Competition were announced June 10 at an awards breakfast hosted by Contract magazine on the first day of the NeoCon 2013 contract furnishings show. Celebrating its 24th year, the prestigious Best of NeoCon Competition honors new commercial interiors products that are introduced to the market during NeoCon. These products are introduced in 39 categories ranging from Architectural Products to Workplace Technologies.

For 2013, a group of 48 jurors, consisting of interior designers, architects, and facilities management professionals, reviewed 370 products over the three days before NeoCon began. Gold and Silver Best of Neocon Awards were presented, as well as Innovation Awards and Editors’ Choice Awards.

The Best of Competition Award was presented to Haworth and Obscure Digital for the team’s Bluescape solution. Designed by Jeff Reuschel, Haworth, the Haworth Design Team and Obscura Digital, Bluescape is described as “infinite, collaborative workspace designed to accelerate decision-making by enabling anyone to create, communicate, visualize, organize, and strategize virtually anything, anywhere, anytime.” The solution was also the Gold Award winner for Workplace Technologies.

Look for stories and photographs on Haworth/Obscure Digital’s Bluescape in FMLink along with other major products exhibited during NeoCon that are of interest to facilities managers. During the next few weeks, as soon as FMLink posts a story on these award-winning products, we will provide live links from the list below. We suggest you bookmark this list so that you can access product information quickly and easily.

Listed alphabetically by categories below are Gold Award winners in the Best of NeoCon and a partial list of Silver Award winners, as well as Innovation Awards and Editors’ Choice Awards.


Best of Competition and Gold Winner, Workplace Technologies
Haworth and Obscure Digital, for Bluescape

Architectural Products
Gold: Steelcase, for V.I.A.

Carpet: Broadloom
Gold: Atlas Carpet Mills for Shibori Collection Broadloom
Silver: Tandus Flooring, for Presage

Carpet: Modular
Gold: Milliken, for ART MEDIA

Case Goods
Gold: Geiger International, for Catalyst Phase II
Silver: Nucraft, for Merino Collection

Conference Room Furniture
Gold: Davis Furniture, for Span
Silver: OFS, for Slate

Education Solutions
Gold: VANERUM STELTER, for Bloom Collection

Furniture Systems
Gold: Allsteel, for Create

Furniture Systems: Enhancements
Silver: Teknion, for Interpret

Furniture: Benching
Gold: OFS, for Eleven Work Space
Silver: Herman Miller, for Locale

Hard Surface Flooring
Gold: Tandus Flooring, for Narrative
Silver: Patcraft, for Design Catalyst

Healthcare Fabrics and Textiles
Gold: cf Stinson, for Funnybone

Healthcare Flooring
Gold: Tandus Flooring, for Grasscloth Collection

Healthcare Furniture (non-seating)
Silver: Nemschoff, for Terra Infusion
Silver: Carolina, for Mile Marker

Healthcare Solutions/Technology Support
Gold: Humanscale, for TouchPoint T7

Healthcare: Guest/Lounge Seating
Silver: Sedia Systems, for JumpSeat Wall
Gold: Nurture by Steelcase, for Regard

Lighting: Decorative
Gold: Koncept Technologies, for Tono LED Mood Light

Lighting: Task/Desktop
Gold: Koncept Technologies, for Mosso Pro LED Desk Lamp

Office Accessories
Gold: Neutral Posture, for Guardian

Seating: Benches
Gold: Coalesse, for Lagunitas
Silver: Davis Furniture, for Q5

Seating: Collaborative/Work
Gold: Teknion, for Fractals Seating Group
Silver: Haworth, for Harbor Work Lounge

Seating: Conference
Gold: Keilhauer, for Juxta
Silver: Davis Furniture, for Webb C2

Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task
Gold: Steelcase, for Gesture
Silver: aeris-Impulsmöbel, for muvman

Seating: Guest
Gold: Herman Miller, for Eames Molded Wood Side Chair

Seating: Sofas and Lounge
Gold: HBF, for Asa

Seating: Stacking
Gold: Andreu World, for New Sit

Signage and Wayfinding
Gold: Takeform, for Vivid, Image-Intense Signage

Software Technologies
Gold: Allsteel, for Square Foot Budgeting Calculator
Silver: Mohawk Group, for DesignFlex Visualizer

Surfacing Materials/Finishes
Gold: Skyline Design, for Skyline Digital Glass Portfolio

Tables: Occasional
Gold: Bernhardt Design, for Quiet
Silver: Nucraft, for Aja

Tables: Training and Work
Gold: Nucraft, for Agility

Technology Support
Gold: CP Furniture Systems Inc., for Cegano Smart Table

Textiles: Upholstery
Gold: Teknion, for Surface Tension Collection

Wall Treatments
Gold: Skyline Design, for Skyline Digital Glass Portfolio

Walls: Movable
Gold: Seeyond Architectural Solutions, for Seeyond Collaboration-Space Movable Walls
Silver: Teknion, for Optos Low Profile

Window Treatments
Gold: MechoSystems, for MagnaShade

Workplace Technologies
Gold: Haworth, for Bluescape



For 45 years, the NeoCon show held at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago has been a singular event for the exposition of contract furniture, furnishings and services in the commercial and institutional fields. Held annually in June, NeoCon attracts over 40,000 facilities and government executives, designers and architects from around the world. They gather for three inspiring and informative days of nearly 100 CEU-accredited seminars and networking events, and to explore the innovative products displayed at more than 700 manufacturers’ showrooms.