three people sitting at an outdoor table by a pond
Outdoor power outlets, USB ports, dimmable LEDs, a monitor holder, and height-adjustable legs make this modular steel-and-aluminum table innovative. A wind-resistant shade and an optional kitchen module can extend its functionality. Available in white, black, and brown. EXTREMIS

11 New Product Launches for Work-Life Balance

Through modular, flexible design, these product launches suit today’s changing work conditions.

Lately, the most innovative office furnishings could suit both domestic and commercial spaces, with features that expand or contract to fit the gig, client, or conditions of the job. A sampling of debuts planned for NeoCon 2021 (once again being held in person) supports the idea that a fluid design language is the new normal. Among them, few launches illustrate the trend more than AMAi, an extendable, modular, powered indoor/outdoor table. It can be instantly assembled into a collaborative workspace anywhere. For more of what the latest workplace products can do, see the rest of Metropolis’s NeoCon preview.

The latest workplace products on display at NeoCon are designed for flexibility.

An overhead photo depicts couches with integrated side tables and workstations, a coffee table, and chairs.


Studio TK designed this lounge system to ease the post-COVID transition back to work. A base offered in 16 colors allows ample configurations of seats, while laminate or veneer work surfaces anticipate workers’ increasing “desire for flexibility.” STUDIO TK

Three black chairs


Part of a new seating collection, this Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby–designed café chair contains 70 percent recycled plastic. Available in six colors and with a plywood or an upholstered seat, On & On is circular in concept and shape. EMECO

a conference table sits in front of a wall with a large monitor and visible webcam.

Innovant’s answer to remote-office collaborations (ones that include both virtual and in-person meetings) is WALL, a system that includes desking, storage, acoustics, power, and technology, all plugged into one structural lattice and offered in four material palettes. INNOVANT

a smartphone sits on a table above a wireless charging surface

An easy-to-install, nonintrusive wireless charging port is the design innovation of NeatCharge. Users can mount the device under worktop surfaces with a slim charging sticker above for delivery of up to ten watts of power. HUMANSCALE

A storage unit, desk unit, and couch unit are all part of the Free Address system.

Named after the idea of working anywhere, this system was developed to incorporate mobile storage, planters, power, and Stylex’s GREENGUARDcertified furnishings into a kit of parts suited to any hybrid work area.

A sound proof privacy booth for phone calls

Phone booth–style privacy pods are getting a color makeunder. Framery says its new palette (White, Gray, Black, Powder Blue, Winter Moss, Sand, Blush, and Navy) is calming. FRAMERY

A cabana with couches and slatted walls and ceilings.

TUUCI, a maker of cabanas and pergolas, is aiming its latest version at outdoor workspaces. Automated louvers filter sunlight to provide shading and discreetly shed rainwater. TUUCI

fabric swatches

Created as an extension of the Tekloom line, Wander features the soft pattern of a woven fabric, but performs like a durable coated textile. It’s tested to withstand more than a million double rubs. CONCERTEX

A brush sits in front of a fabric wallcovering.

Wolf-Gordon is rolling out an affordable, easier-to-install, PVC-free updateof its impact-resistant wallcovering introduced five years ago. It can also be installed for 80 linear feet without a seam. WOLF-GORDON

A black tv sideboard.

Ethnicraft adapted the design of one of its popular sideboards to create a new audio/video cabinet with residential style. It’s available in two sizes. ETHNICRAFT

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