40 Winners of the MetropolisLikes NeoCon Awards 2023
Here are the best new offerings at the 2023 edition of NeoCon, the world’s leading platform and event for commercial interior design. Selected by Metropolis editors, these products represent the very best in responsible innovation: they foreground a positive experience for all people, while being sensitive to the impact on the planet and its ecologies.
Caspian+Mira with SEAQUAL initiative yarn made from marine plastic
Woven Gradience carpet tile
Vida tables by German designer Hanne Willmann
PUTTING PLAY TO WORK
With looser expectations about where work happens, a lighter mood in the design of work furniture has emerged in lively curves and colors.
Limbo Chair by Hlynur Atlason
Ink custom-printed, recycled PET acoustic panels
Allora Poufs by Rüdiger Schaack
BEAM seating collection
Cooper guest chair by Chris Adamick
OPTIMIZING OCCUPANT HEALTH
Unprecedented material transparency in their supply chains and deeper knowledge of toxins has led manufacturers to engineer those chemistries out—especially VOCs, PVC, and PFAS.
Wild Dyer with Color Pulse fiber
Garden on the Wall
Preserved vertical gardens
The PFAS-free Nomadic Collection
Proxy Collection PVC-free flooring
Dapple Light biobased, PVC-free resilient flooring
Collaborative Collection soft surface floor covering
LEAVING LESS TO THE LANDFILLS
For many manufacturers, reuse of some material is now standard. This year’s updates not only increase the percentage of recycled content, but accelerate efforts to make more items recyclable to close the loop.
Archisonic Cotton recyclable acoustic surfacing
Gather Acoustical panel system
Mycelium Collection of SRP rigid core flooring, made with recycled bottles
The Space Between carpet tiles
Super Natural Collection
STAYING IN CHARGE
As users are more connected and more mobile, manufacturers are making sure more power follows them, in-hand or integrated directly into furniture.
Momentum Textiles & Wallcoverings
Unexpected Collection in Modern Plaid by Sina Pearson
Taboroid locker, charging station, and stool
Space-saving and space-making describe a new class of flexible solutions—from foldaway seats to expandable ceiling systems—that enable quick reconfigurations of a place.
Bay System seating by Foster + Partners and Poltrona Frau
Plaid acoustic ceiling solution
Lives Post + Beam
Ralik seating and table system
Fuld Nesting chair by Stefan Diez
Pastel and muted palettes distinguish several items, from wallcoverings to tables, promising an equally soothing workday or hotel stay.
OmniRoom room-in-room system
Lola guest and dining chair by Margot Barolo
Haiku digitally printed wallcovering
Flote Collection, certified Indoor Advantage Gold
Swav mid-back conference chair
COUNTING ON CLINICAL CARE
The pandemic taught everyone an appreciation for health-care workers, so manufacturers prescribed more items designed specifically
for a germ-averse new normal.
Touchless hand sanitizer dispenser
Empath Behavioral Health Signage
Flexible Life Science lab bench
Elara lounge collection from Carolina
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