Best of NeoCon 2019 winners announced! OFS Obeya tops the list of this year’s best commercial interiors products

by Brianna Crandall — June 12, 2019 — The winners of the 2019 Best of NeoCon Competition were announced on Monday (June 10), during an awards breakfast hosted by Contract magazine on the first day of the NeoCon commercial interiors show held this week at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. A total of 83 awards in 39 categories were distributed in this year’s competition of contract furnishings products, including eight Innovation awards, six Editors’ Choice awards, and a Best of Competition prize, which went to OFS for Obeya.

OFS Obeya wood framework

OFS Obeya, designed by Webb Associates, won the Best of Competition. In the category of Architectural Products, Obeya is a wood framework that brings people together for privacy and community. Image courtesy OFS


Celebrating its 51st year, NeoCon is a premier exposition and conference for commercial interiors, and is attended by over 50,000 architecture, design and facilities management (FM) professionals and specifiers annually from around the world.

With nearly 1 million square feet of exhibition space showcasing 500 leading companies, the show launches thousands of new products and covers a spectrum of vertical markets including workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, public spaces and government.

Best of NeoCon

Celebrating its 30th year, the prestigious Best of NeoCon Competition honors new commercial interiors products that are introduced to the market since the close of the previous edition of NeoCon in 42 categories ranging from Acoustic Panels & Solutions to Workplace Technologies.

Best of NeoCon jurors — architects, interior designers and FM executives responsible for selecting and buying furniture and furnishings for their organizations or clients — reviewed hundreds of entries digitally and in person immediately prior to the opening of the show. Manufacturers and product designers had the opportunity to explain and discuss details of the product and answer jurors’ questions.

Teknion’s Tek Vue glass office-front system

Teknion’s Tek Vue, Gold winner in the Movable Walls category, is a glass office-front system that responds to the essential needs of today’s workplace. Image courtesy Teknion

The Best of NeoCon Competition is presented by Contract magazine, and sponsored by NeoCon and The McMorrow Reports Facility Management & Design Insights.

The jurors selected Gold and Silver winners in each category, as well as Innovation Awards and a Best of Competition winner. Contract editors also selected winners for the Editors’ Choice awards. Winners will be showcased in the July/August issue of Contract.

Best of Competition

Obeya from OFS won the Best of Competition as well as a Gold award in the Architectural Products category. It was designed by Webb Associates. Obeya is a wood framework that brings people together for privacy and community. Look for more details about Obeya in a future FMLink article, as well as articles showcasing other products exhibited during NeoCon 2019 that may be of interest to facilities managers (FMs).

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2019 Best of NeoCon winners

The 2019 winners, listed alphabetically by categories, are:



OFS: Obeya


Acoustic Panels & Solutions

  • Gold: Snowsound: FLAT
  • Silver: Luxxbox: Linea Acoustic LED Lighting System

Acoustic Privacy & Modular Solutions

Architectural & Decorative Glass

  • Silver: Skyline Design: Oblique & Chevron

Architectural Products

  • Gold and Best of Competition: OFS: Obeya
  • Silver: Connectrac: Flex

Carpet: Broadloom

Carpet: Contract Area Rugs

Carpet: Modular

  • Gold: Patcraft: Deconstructed Felt
  • Silver: Shaw Contract: Suited

Case Goods

Conference Room Furniture

  • Gold: Nucraft: Alev
  • Silver: Andreu World: Reverse Wood
  • Innovation: Tuohy Furniture Corp.: Meich Tables

Education Solutions

  • Gold: VS America: JUMPER
  • Silver: Keilhauer: Buncha

Flooring: Hard Surface LVT & Planks

  • Gold: Patcraft: Handloom
  • Silver: Milliken & Co.: Change Agent LVT
  • Innovation: Metroflor Corp.: Metroforms with Attraxion Magnetic Attachment Technology

Furniture Collections for Collaboration

Furniture Systems & Enhancements

  • Gold: Watson Furniture Group: Cloud 9 Rail
  • Silver: HALCON: HALO Office

Furniture: Benching

  • Gold: Innovant: Cross Benching

Healthcare Fabrics & Textiles

  • Gold: Designtex: Biophilia 2.0
  • Silver: CF Stinson: Chiaroscuro Collection

Healthcare Flooring

Healthcare Guest & Lounge Seating

  • Gold: Kwalu: Prizzi Lounge

Healthcare Patient Seating

Lighting: Decorative & Hospitality

  • Gold: Eaton: Shaper Sense Acoustic LED Luminaires
  • Silver: LightArt: Acoustic Wing

Lounge Furniture Collections

  • Gold: Haworth Inc.: Cabana Lounge
  • Silver: Andreu World: Rap Sofa

Movable Walls

Office Accessories

  • Gold: Allsteel: Radii
  • Silver: Watson Furniture Group: Cloud 9 Cart and Garage

Seating: Bar Stools

  • Gold: Davis Furniture Industries: Muse Barstool
  • Editors’ Choice: Martin Brattrud: Cumbia

Seating: Benches

  • Gold: Green Furniture Concept: Nova C Perch
  • Silver: Allermuir: Axyl Bench
  • Editors’ Choice: Nienkämper: Heartbeat

Seating: Conference

  • Gold: OFS: Kasura
  • Silver: Davis Furniture Industries: M75

Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task

  • Gold: via seating: Younique
  • Silver: Nightingale Corp.: NLC

Seating: Guest

  • Gold: Allermuir: Kin
  • Silver: Andreu World: Gala

Seating: Outdoor Contract & Hospitality

  • Silver: Andreu World: Nuez Outdoor

Seating: Sofas & Lounge

  • Gold: Andreu World: Rap sofa
  • Silver: Green Furniture Concept: Nova C Recliner

Seating: Stacking

  • Gold: Sandler Seating: HDS 1.1
  • Silver: SitOnIt Seating | IDEON: Mika

Signage & Wayfinding

  • Gold: Takeform: Lucid Refined Interior Signage
  • Silver: 2/90 Sign Systems: SafeCare Signs

Space Dividers/Partitions/Screens

  • Gold: Clarus Glassboards: Flex Wall
  • Silver: Naava: Naava Flow

Tables: Communal & Task

  • Gold: Nucraft: Epono
  • Silver: Davis Furniture Industries: Inform

Tables: Height-Adjustable/Training/Work

  • Gold: Watson Furniture Group: Cloud 9 Desk
  • Silver: Senator International: Array
  • Editors’ Choice: Versteel: Sky

Tables: Occasional

  • Gold: Nucraft: Alev
  • Editors’ Choice: Studio TK: Freehand Occasional Tables
  • Innovation: Davis Furniture Industries: Lift

Technology-Integrated Solutions

  • Gold: Steelcase: Roam
  • Silver: National Lighting: Revive
  • Innovation: Connectrac: Flex

Textiles: Upholstery

  • Gold: HBF: Lost & Found
  • Silver: Momentum Group: Architectural Textures Collection
  • Editors’ Choice: Wolf Gordon: VEER
  • Editors’ Choice: Luum Textiles: Future Tense Collection
  • Innovation: Haworth Inc.: Haworth Knits

Wall Treatments

  • Silver: Designtex: Metallic Wallcoverings
  • Innovation: Momentum Group: Woven Silica

Workplace Technologies

  • Gold: CF Stinson: designMix with colorAI
  • Silver: FreeAxez: Gridd Mobile

Product descriptions and photos of the Best of NeoCon 2019 winners and entries in all 42 categories are viewable on the Contract Network site. Winners will be showcased in the July/August issue of Contract.

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