NeoCon’05: Best of NeoCon competition names 25 Gold Award winners; Bernhardt’s seating/table collection takes Best of Competition

June 17, 2005—The highlight of NeoCon, the premier event of contract furnishings at The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, is the Best of NeoCon competition.

This major interior furnishings competition is unusual in several respects. Entires are limited to products making their debuts during the three-day June event. It is a “kick the tires” opportunity for jurors to examine the entries in person, not by viewing slides. And all judging took place three days prior to the opening of NeoCon, giving attendees the full three days of NeoCon to view winning entries—along with the thousands of other products displayed in showrooms and product suites spanning six floors of Merchandise Mart.

The jury, composed of 68 facilities professionals and interior designers, worked in teams to examine more than 319 entries in 29 product categories, ranging from Architectural Products to Wall Coverings. Sponsors of The Best of NeoCon are Contract Magazine, International Facility Management Association (IFMA), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., and

    Best of Competition
    Bernhardt, for Art Center College of Design seating collection and table collection

    Gold Award Winning Entries

    Architectural Products
    Joel Berman Glass Studios, for Bricks, Boards and Sticks Collection

    Alternative Office
    Hettaich America, for 44 (For Four)

    Carpet: Broadloom
    C&A, for Colouresce Collection

    Conference Room Furniture
    Haworth, for a-con Conference Table

    Carpet: Modular
    Shaw Contract Group, for L7

    Casegoods and Desks
    Nucraft, for Aerial

    Educational Solutions
    Howe Furniture, for More Collection

    Files & Storage
    Allsteel, for Reach

    Johnsonite, for Five New Textures for Roundel Rubber Flooring

    Furniture Systems
    Allsteel, for Align

    Furniture Systems: Enhancements
    Steelcase, for Elective Elements

    Healthcare Products
    Patrician Furniture, for Narrative

    Lucesco Lighting, for Halley LED Task Lamp

    Office Accessories
    Colebrook Bosson Saunders, for Lapjack

    Seating: Guest
    Humanscale, for Liberty Side Chair

    Seating: Ergonomic
    Interstuhl, for Silver Office & Conference Seating

    Seating: Sofas & Lounge
    Bernhardt Design, for Art Center College of Design Seating Collection

    Seating: Stacking
    KI, for Daylight

    Surfacing Materials
    Deepa Textiles, for Infused Imagery Collection

    Tables: OccasionalTables
    Bernhardt Design, for Art Center College of Design Seating Collection

    Technology Support
    Details, for FYI Flat Panel Monitor Arm

    Textiles: Drapery, Cubicle, Shades
    Deepa Textiles, for Natural Intelligence

    Textiles: Upholstery
    Deepa Textiles, for Art of the Line

    Wall Treatments
    Maya Romanoff, for Mother of Pearl

    Workplace Technologies
    Herman Miller, for Babble. Voice Privacy without Walls

    Among Silver Award Winners

    Carpet: Modular
    Interface, for Proscenium Collection
    Interface, for the B&W Collection

    The Best of NeoCon’05 also issued the following Innovation Awards:
    Herman Miller, for Cella Task Chair, in Seating: Ergonomic category
    Karastan Contract, for Translations, in Carpet: Broadloom category
    Lees Carpet, for Product 2Faced, in Carpet: Broadloom category
    ICF, for Imprint Chair, in Seating: Guest category
    Montisa/Flexible, for Classic-Enhanced, in Files & Storage category
    RFM Preferred, for Verte Family, in Healthcare Products category
    Sandler Seating, for Art 049 Ibis Chair, in Seating: Stacking category

    The following were recognized as Editors’ Choice:
    HBF Textiles, for Initiate Collection, in Textiles: Upholstery category.
    PolyVision, for Commercial Series Marker & Tackboards, in Office Accessories category
    Tectus, for Gradient Collection, in Textiles: Panel category
    Knoll Textiles, for Adaptation & Aperture, in Wall Treatments category