Teknion furniture wins Best of Competition at NeoCon 2016

Commercial furniture manufacturer Teknion Corporation tallied up the six awards it won at NeoCon 2016 last week in Chicago, including five Best of NeoCon awards, and the overall Best of Competition award.

Zones, a comprehensive series of furniture that transforms the office, earned three awards including the show’s top honor – Best of Competition. The Zones Collection received a Gold Best of NeoCon in the Furniture Collections for Collaboration category. Zones benches won a Gold Best of NeoCon in the Seating: Benches category, and Zones tables earned Silver in the Conference Room Furniture category.


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The Teknion Sanna by Pablo lighting collection designed by Pablo Pardo collected a Gold Best of NeoCon award in the Lighting: Task/Desktop/Furniture-Integrated category. The Tek Pier integrated, height-adjustable, wall-mounted worksurface and monitor earned Gold in the Technology-Integrated Solutions category.

“Winning five Best of NeoCon awards plus the Best of Competition is incredibly rewarding in light of the record number of product entries this year and their overall design excellence,” said David Feldberg, President & CEO.

“We share these honors with Tom Lloyd and Luke Pearson whose design team, working in conjunction with our own designers, has done an exceptional job with Zones. We also share these awards with Pablo Pardo for Sanna, and our talented in-house design team for their work on Tek Pier and all of the other outstanding products we exhibited at NeoCon.”

Zones is a comprehensive series of furniture that transforms the office, challenging convention and changing the way people experience work. The collection is comprised of seating, tables, screens, easels and semi-private enclosures, which can be used as either intimate collaborative settings or a place of retreat for privacy. In addition to furniture settings, Zones encompasses lighting and accessories.

Ninety-three awards were distributed in the Best of NeoCon 2016 competition of contract furnishing products during NeoCon, June 13-15, at theMART in Chicago. A total of 423 products were entered in 43 product and furnishing categories in the competition, sponsored by Contract magazine, NeoCon, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and The McMorrow Reports for Facilities Management.


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