DARRAN Furniture’s adaptable workplace wins Best of NeoCon 2021

DARRAN Furniture's adaptable workplace system, Honey, won Best of Competition in the 2021 Best of NeoCon Awards.

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CHICAGO - NeoCon 2021 took place Oct. 4-6 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Winners of the 30th edition of Best of NeoCon Awards were announced on opening day during a breakfast celebration. Approximately 97 awards in 52 categories ranging from acoustics to lighting, upholstery, flooring, and furniture, were announced.

The Best of Competition 2021 award winner, Honey by DARRAN Furniture, is a stylish, highly adaptable workplace system. Designed by Mark Müller and Christopher Wright, the innovative solution addresses individual users' needs, their varied work styles, privacy, and well-being. The jury noted, “What a beautiful, well-considered workstation! Suitable for both fixed and mobile (untethered) applications, Honey’s hexagonal shape is not only eye-catching, it contributes to space efficiency. Its 120° planning grid creates a flowing geometry that meanders through a room and offers numerous configuration possibilities. Even the smallest details were considered and well-executed.”

“We tip our hat to all of the Best of NeoCon entrants and extend our congratulations to the winners,” said Lisa Simonian, VP of Marketing for NeoCon. “It is no small feat to garner this level of recognition and accolades from such a discerning group of industry professionals.”

This year’s Best of NeoCon winners received a sculptural object designed by award-winning graphic design firm Maiarelli Studio and manufactured by 3form using its Chroma material. The commemorative object is composed of translucent resin in Best of NeoCon’s signature blue hue.”

A gallery of Best of NeoCon 2021 winners is available at neocon.com.



Category Award Company Product Showroom/Booth
Best of Competition        
Best of Competition Best of Competition DARRAN Furniture Honey 10-167
Acoustics & Privacy        
Acoustic Solutions SILVER Snowsound USA Dunes 1197
Acoustic Solutions INNOVATION Snowsound USA Dunes 1197
Panels/Partitions/Screens/Space Dividers GOLD Stylex Still 337
Panels/Partitions/Screens/Space Dividers SILVER Haworth, Inc. Pergola 312
Work Pods GOLD SnapCab Work+ #7-1054
Work Pods SILVER Framery Framery One #7-7078
Work Pods INNOVATION Silen OÜ MindSpa #7-7030
Carpet: Area Rugs GOLD Mohawk Group Rheo Morph 377
Carpet: Broadloom GOLD Mohawk Group Urban Shores 377
Carpet: Broadloom SILVER Patcraft Inspired Connection 10-160
Carpet: Modular GOLD Shaw Contract Collective Collection 1014
Carpet: Modular SILVER Patcraft Spatial Palette 10-160
Carpet: Modular SUSTAINABILITY Mohawk Group Data Tide 377
Hard-Surface Flooring: Natural Materials GOLD Tarkett Color Splash Speckled Rubber Tile 3-380
Hard-Surface Flooring: Vinyl/LVT GOLD Armstrong Flooring Rest & Refuge™ Rigid Core Flooring #7-7062
Hard-Surface Flooring: Vinyl/LVT SILVER Aspecta Aspecta Contours 1169
Specialty Flooring SUSTAINABILITY Shaw Contract Bottle Floor 1014
Specialty Flooring INNOVATION Shaw Contract Bottle Floor 1014
Benching GOLD Mantra Inspired Furniture Ellis Benching System #7-7038
Case Goods SILVER Teknion Byward 1048
Collections for Collaboration GOLD Watson Furniture Group Watson Haven 341
Collections for Collaboration SILVER The Senator Group Play 1112
Conference Room Furniture GOLD Watson Furniture Group Watson Haven 341
Conference Room Furniture SILVER HALCON CREW 10-121
Furniture Systems & Enhancements GOLD DARRAN Furniture Honey 10-167
Furniture Systems & Enhancements SILVER Dfm BLEND Mobile #7-8078
Lounge Furniture Collections SILVER Davis Furniture Industries Cantina 3-115
Seating: Benches GOLD Watson Furniture Group Watson Haven Recharge Benches 341
Seating: Conference GOLD Andreu World Capri Executive 10-132
Seating: Conference SILVER Davis Furniture Industries LightWork 3-115
Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task GOLD Teknion Essa 1048
Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task SILVER via seating Onda 10-148
Seating: Guest GOLD ECONYL x Aquafil noho move™ Chair 11-107
Seating: Guest SILVER Andreu World Liceo 10-132
Seating: Guest SUSTAINABILITY ECONYL x Aquafil noho move™ Chair 11-107
Seating: Modular GOLD Allsteel Jetty:Mod 1120
Seating: Modular SILVER Davis Furniture Industries SoMod 3-115
Seating: Modular SUSTAINABILITY Andreu World Forest Club 10-132
Seating: Sofas & Lounge GOLD Andreu World Nuez Lounge BIO 10-132
Seating: Sofas & Lounge SILVER Andreu World Adela Rex 10-132
Seating: Sofas & Lounge SUSTAINABILITY Andreu World Nuez Lounge BIO 10-132
Seating: Sofas & Lounge INNOVATION Andreu World Adela Rex 10-132
Seating: Stacking GOLD via seating Eclipse 10-148
Seating: Stacking SILVER SitOnIt Seating | IDEON Sprout 1150
Seating: Stools GOLD Stylex Underline 337
Seating: Stools SILVER Davis Furniture Industries Sachet Barstool 3-115
Storage GOLD Watson Furniture Group C9 Trolley 341
Tables: Communal GOLD Watson Furniture Group Watson Haven 341
Tables: Communal SILVER Groupe Lacasse QUORUM MULTICONFERENCE by Lacasse 1000
Tables: Conference GOLD Davis Furniture Industries Tavo 3-115
Tables: Conference SILVER Nucraft Ascari Conference 1166
Tables: Height-Adjustable SILVER Nucraft Two4Six™ Media Table 1166
Tables: Occasional GOLD Scandinavian Spaces Tinnef 1191
Tables: Occasional SILVER Stylex Trim 337
Tables: Occasional SUSTAINABILITY Scandinavian Spaces Tinnef 1191
Tables: Occasional INNOVATION Scandinavian Spaces Tinnef 1191
Tables: Task GOLD Steelcase Elbrook Table Collection 300
Tables: Task SILVER HALCON CREW 10-121
Tables: Task INNOVATION Steelcase Elbrook Table Collection 300
Work from Home Solutions SILVER Otelier Eat-Work Table 10-100 (Linak Showroom)
Workplace Accessories GOLD HALCON HALO Hand Sanitizer Station 10-121
Flooring GOLD Armstrong Flooring MedinPure™ PVC-Free Sheet #7-7062
Guest & Lounge Seating GOLD Kwalu Modena Lounge Collection 1199
Guest & Lounge Seating SILVER Kwalu Cori Lounge and Wingback 1199
Patient Seating GOLD Kwalu Modena Patient Chair and Ottoman 1199
Storage & Accessories GOLD GMI Companies - Ghent, VividBoard & Waddell Swing Changeable Glassboard 1060
Textiles GOLD CF Stinson C.A.R.E. x Stinson 10-150
Textiles SILVER Momentum Textiles and Wallcovering Every Space Has a Story 323
Interior Products & Solutions        
Architectural Products GOLD CARVART modularWALLCLAD 11-136
Signage & Wayfinding GOLD Vestaboard, Inc. Vestaboard #7-4063
Signage & Wayfinding SILVER APCO Signs Aspire #7-3013
Surfacing Materials & Finishes SILVER 3form Flek Pure 10-142
Surfacing Materials & Finishes INNOVATION Kwalu Metallics that Aren't Metal? 1199
Wall Treatments GOLD Wolf-Gordon CLAIR™ 10-161
Wall Treatments SILVER Momentum Textiles and Wallcovering P3TEC Advanced Wall Protection Collection 323
Decorative SUSTAINABILITY LightArt Coil Collection Naturals 10-142
Task SILVER Koncept, Inc. Z-Bar Generation 4 #7-9086
Furniture: Seating GOLD Allermuir CROP 1112
Furniture: Seating SILVER Davis Furniture Industries Ariel Steel 3-115
Furniture: Tables GOLD Allsteel Constellation 1120
Furniture: Tables SILVER JANUS et Cie AllSize Extendable Dining Table Rectangle 221 1420
Furniture: Tables SUSTAINABILITY Allsteel Constellation 1120
Furniture: Tables INNOVATION Allsteel Constellation 1120
Accessories & Support Devices GOLD Zgo Technologies Zdock 1067A
Accessories & Support Devices SILVER Steelcase DeskWizard 300
Integrated Solutions GOLD Configura Stage, a Web-Based Product Configurator #7-5106
Integrated Solutions SILVER Scanomat TopBrewer #7-3049
Integrated Solutions SUSTAINABILITY Reseat Reseat #7-3099
Integrated Solutions INNOVATION ERGOBOND ERGOHUB - Upgrades Any Standing Desk #7-2073
Performance & Specialty GOLD Arc|Com Summit and Equinox 1194
Performance & Specialty SILVER Wolf-Gordon Sirona 10-161
Performance & Specialty INNOVATION Camira Fabrics Camira Knit 10-106
Upholstery GOLD Camira Fabrics SEAQUAL Collection 10-106
Upholstery SILVER Momentum Textiles and Wallcovering Aleksandra Gaca Collection 323
Upholstery SUSTAINABILITY Camira Fabrics SEAQUAL Collection 10-106

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