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Keilhauer Setle chairs, debuting at NeoCon 2021
Phlox by Okamura
Phlox collection by Okamura, debuting at NeoCon 2021

Taking a magnified look at the natural world, U.K.’s Rainlight studio has reimagined the tiny Night Phlox flower as a robust – yet no less beautiful – seating and table collection for Okamura. In the chair, the structure of the flower’s delicate petals has been morphed into gently curved and swooping arms that transition seamlessly to the back. 

Embracing and sculptural, Phlox is offered in three variations – conference, lounge and high stools – each with its own individual but complementary character. Adding to the appeal, a new upholstery fabric was developed specifically for the collection: offered in 10 saturated shades, the sustainable textile is made from salvaged fishing nets from Japan’s sea knitted together with recycled PET yarns. 

On the table side of the series, a variety of shapes (round, square, rectangle, trapezoid and pentagon, all with rounded corners), sizes and heights have been created to service a multitude of workplace settings. The four legs can be one of four colours and tabletop options include veneer, laminate and furniture linoleum (a matte-look material that is warm to the touch and made from all-natural materials). 

Setle by Keilhauer

When asked by Keilhauer to adapt its popular U-Turn chair for the commercial world, Vancouver-based Bendtsen Design Associates realized a new modern classic while staying true to the original’s residential roots – and one that translates equally well in contemporary-styled workspaces as in traditional ones. 

After initially exploring a more conventional chair with four legs, the studio changed tack and did away with legs completely to create a more distinct yet familiar profile. Whereas U-Turn features a dramatic angled cut-out under the seat, Setle’s is subtler, merging to the ground in a gentle slope – a skillful manipulation that in no way compromises comfort. 

Setle is offered in two styles, lounge and side. Lower to the ground with a deep, generous seat, the lounge version makes for an inviting landing pad in busy lobbies and collaborative spaces, while the side chair has a more slender shape with an upright posture and shallower seat, ideal for use in meetings rooms. Both iterations feature a discreet steel base with 360-degree super-quiet swivel mechanism (with optional memory-return) and are made from just four recyclable materials: wood, plastic, foam and steel. 

Underline by Stylex

Aimed at bringing an effective solution to the fluid nature of shared workspaces, Stylex will be introducing Underline, one of three new seating collections developed to be future-proof during an ongoing period of global uncertainty. 

Designed by Italian firm Lucidi Pevere, Underline is defined by an effortless aesthetic, one that is simple, playful and contemporary. Intentionally multipurpose, the family includes task and guest chairs, as well as stools that bring a unified and common language to both hospitality and workplace environments. With each, a slender tubular frame traces the outline of the seat, creating an intriguing relationship between the upholstered seat and rigid structure. Encouraging a mix-and-match approach, multiple base options are available in a range of colours and finishes that can be partnered with numerous fabric variants. 

Petal by Studio TK
Petal chair by StudioTK, debuting at NeoCon 2021

Another direct nod to nature, Studio TK‘s Petal is inspired by the shape of a blossoming flower and is intended to be an inviting accent piece in traditional lounge setups. Curved and separated, the arms and back open up to create a soft volume with a decidedly residential aesthetic, though one rendered through the high-quality craftsmanship required for contract spaces.

Meant to be used as both a standalone seat and in a casual grouping, the Petal lounge chair enriches it surroundings with its laid-back and youthful appearance. 

Made from plywood (in five finishes) or metal (in two powder-coat options), the exposed base structure adds contrast to and a reliable sturdiness for the generously upholstered portion; auto-return swivel disc and four-legged metal base options are also offered. Multiple fabric and leather options are available. 

4 Soft Seating Collections Debuting at NeoCon 2021

NeoCon is back! After a forced hiatus last year, the annual contract tradeshow will be in full swing from October 4th to 6th in Chicago. Here, four seating collections we’re eager to test-drive while traversing the halls of the Mart.

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