#Neocon09 Coverage: Wrap-Up

Comparing the trends at NeoCon with independent design.

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There is always a design zeitgeist that emerges from the various styles, methods of production, and materials that are popular at any given time. So, I decided to compare what I saw at NeoCon with what I am seeing from independent designers using rapid manufacturing.

LIGHTING
Laser-cutting is being used to create interesting forms as well as graphic patterns that work with the light to cast intricate shadows.

Boyd Lighting’s NeoCon award winning laser-cut pendant design.
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Labyrinth pendant in felt and laser-cut acrylic by Random Walk Design Lab.
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Tulip Flick fixture flat-pack acrylic design by rraadd.
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Bloom Lamp in Italian poplar ply by Alienology Design.
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Zen Table Lamp 3D asterisk from laser-cut MDF and Japanese rice paper by Squirrels with Hammers.
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FURNITURE
Seating mimics the form of the sitter with designs reflecting the curves, skeletal alignment, and muscular support of the human body. Tables tell a story; some tell a story of sustainability, others graphically communicate their functions, and others reveal their process and construction.

IOS airin chair at NeoCon.
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Slice Chair V01 by Utzi Design.
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Davies re-manufactured office furniture at NeoCon.
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Directives: Work Desk by Carla Diana.
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Metaverse Table with engraved wood and acrylic by Labeling Theory.
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Ponoko Shelf in laser-cut Cherry veneer by Steve Watson.
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Serving Table in Italian poplar by Wood Marvels.
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KIDS DESIGN
Design for children is social and interactive.

GreenPlay furniture at NeoCon.
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Hands Corner Shelf by Studio Wun.
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Spelling 101 laser-cut game by rraadd.
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Crocodile Ball by Hammer.
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DIGITAL PRINTING
This technology is making one-off fabric projects possible in everything from fashion and accessories to upholstery and quilting.

Perspectives in Print at NeoCon.
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Below are a variety of projects developed by designers using independent digital printers Spoonflower.

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3 Responses to “#Neocon09 Coverage: Wrap-Up”

  1. Duann Says:

    great round up…

  2. Igor K. Says:

    Mucho, mucho appreciated placing my lamp in there. TNX!

  3. Sara Downes Says:

    Great comparison of what the bigger companies at Neocon were showing vs. what the independent designers have been doing for a while.

    I defintely noticed a very similar trend; a lot of custom laser-cut and laser-etched products this year. I respond well to the beauty and detail of precision art- I went to product design school, and I worked every project that I could around using the laser cutter or the CNC machine! There is something so magical about creating a 2D or 3D drawing and have it magically created for you…no modeling foam or sanding needed! Ha.

    I work for Pacific Office Interiors, a commercial furniture dealership….I write our brand communication blog posts…thanks for sharing all your great thoughts and pictures.

    Cheers,
    Sara