Archive for June, 2014

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Necessity is the mother of invention they say…and invent, or, design, they did! NeoCon 2014 did not disappoint so far as inventive, exciting, forward-thinking new products.  Here are a few of the BA Designs team favorites:

Teknion offered many chatter-worthy releases including: the Livello counter balance (versus pneumatic) height adjustable table, the Sabrina & Variable chairs, Studio Collection’s Lite Wall, and Form + Structure Textiles by Suzanne Tick.  The Lite Wall from the Studio Collection being a Gold Award winner this year at NeoCon.

Hon’s Endorse line was well received; most notably for the breadth of line it offers. From 4- leg stack guest, bar & counter height stools, to conference and welcome areas – Endorse can provide a multitude of seating solutions.

Kimball’s Xsede open office solution, offering a common kit of parts was welcomed with enthusiasm as more and more work spaces move toward benching applications and touch-down points.

National released new additions to their Fringe line, including the innovative Fringe Bistro that can be mounted at various heights and offers incredible versatility with one line, in a minimal footprint. The Essay chair was introduced as a “Coming Soon” teaser.  Its innovative base – allowing the user greater ease to access the items stored under the seat, a non-handed tablet, and additional seating solutions that will be offered in the line was met with great anticipation.

Mixed Materials by Patcraft was another NeoCon favorite- the ability to seamlessly marry hard surface with carpet in creative, organic,  integrated patterns yielded a Gold Award for the company.

Innovation collides with durability and design with Ghent’s Acrylite Acrylic Marker board. The surface is 2x more scratch resistant than glass and ½ the weight of glass. Look for this to be used in a variety of applications.

It’s always a thrill to see what the Design teams at our manufacturers have been up to; it’s especially exciting when you see that they are investing in taking to heart what their customers  want and need and bringing those products to fruition.

BA Designs is a dealer for all of the manufacturers mentioned.

Check out these new productsEndorse-Banner NeoCon-2014-Litewall nof_essay1 PatcraftShowroom_5 8572731, what are you most excited to see in your own office space?



We’re Going To Disney World!

We’re going to Disney World….well, kinda. 

NeoCon 2014 is mere days away; it is the pinnacle event for the A&D industry. The hype of the event itself and parties surrounding the 3 day design world’s, “Eye Candy Palooza,” is impressive!  It’s a lot like Disney World for the A& D Industry! NeoCon is North America’s largest design expo. / Conference for commercial interiors, with over 40,000 architecture and design professionals attending annually.  Its 3 days of  non-stop action, an infinite amount of design and furniture resources, energy and ideas…floor, upon floor, upon floor….upon floor. 

If you’ve never been to NeoCon, we want to help make your experience the best it can be,  a few “Words of Wisdom” if you will, to make it through all 3 days relatively unscathed: 

1) SHOES – The importance of proper, supportive, comfortable shoes cannot be stressed enough. Rumor has it, stilettos and even your most favorite, comfortable wedges have no place here. We aren’t suggesting you need to invest in some new ‘kicks’ for walking the mile, after mile, after mile, but if you can get away with it, you might consider it. Fashion for your feet has no place here.  In fact, it screams “First Timer!” No one wants that, now do they? No, we don’t. Take several pairs of comfy shoes and rotate them out; even carry the spare pair in your bag, as the key to keeping your “dogs from barking” is to vary your footwear and get those feet up to rest whenever you can.

2) MIND YOUR SWAG – As in what Swag you want to schlep around with you ALL.DAY.LONG. With that, either take your favorite large bag with you, or right away find “the one” among the plethora offered at NeoCon and make it your “woobie” for the week.  Carefully select the swag you want to bring back (unless you like to feel like a pack-mule) and strategically place in your bag those alternate pair of shoes aforementioned, a bottle of water (or two) and a few protein-fueled snacks for sustenance,  as needed.

3) MAKE YOUR PLAN & WORK YOUR PLAN- NeoCon is intense, a ton of fun, and yet, somewhat overwhelming.  Make your plan before you go. Visit to search Exhibitors and products, to plan your daily itinerary, and to map out your custom floor plan.    

Well, there you have it…we hope you find this both helpful and mildly entertaining. We look forward to reading your comments on your experience and what, “words of wisdom,” you would impart on how to survive NeoCon. logo

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