2019

NeoCon Design Trend: Sophisticozy Spaces by Kimball

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Image source: Kimball Brand

A blog by Kimball Brand:

Now more than ever, the lines are blurring between work and home. A comfortable ambiance and healthy environment is expected. Evoking a forward-thinking approach to products and solutions, we are changing the nature of workplace activities by creating environments that provide comfort and foster well-being in a space that makes everyone feel welcome and at home.

During NeoCon the Kimball Chicago Showroom illuminated with sophistication in design, exuding comfort and warmth as viewed through the lens of experience and knowledge of design and culture. Our emphasis on uniquely curated products created an inviting, comfortable space that was personal, relaxing and authentic.

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A more tranquil, welcoming environment is paramount to the physical and mental wellness of employees in the workplace. By creating a sense of sophisticozy™, our showroom embodied a feeling of happiness and comfort, sparking creativity and intellect by featuring designs that inspire, spaces that provide comfort and well-being, and a focus on people with the goal of creating warmth and happiness in the workplace. In addition, we celebrated our design partnerships with Claudio Bellini, Pam Light and John Duffy, and Brian Graham in co-creating and bringing to life their designs that focus on bringing comfort, organization and design centric solutions into the workplace.

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The creative process is almost unpredictable, and the mind has to stay free to experiment and suddenly change direction without prejudice. – Claudio Bellini

One of the newest products featured in the space, Debut, is a private office solution that supports the modern workplace with acoustic wall and privacy panels that provides both function and aesthetic. Another new product unveiled in this space was Work|Able, a new wall solution that maximizes space and creates an engaging application with acoustic softness and a personal level of materiality, tactile and differentiation.

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With materials like pegboard, chalkboard, and cork, the aesthetic is simple and honest, yet effective and progressive. – Brian Graham

Guests entering the showroom were greeted by the beautiful new seating collection, Whittaker – an elegant, timeless lounge offering that combines light and slender volumes with a sophisticated industrial aesthetic in both modular and stand-alone seating.

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This trust makes it easier to push the envelope and know that your partner will go there with you—“just to see” if the direction has merit. – Pam Light & John Duffy

Other new seating products included Nate and Natty, which blend appealing style with comfort and versatility to provide a welcome new arrangement to today’s work and health landscapes. The newly released Niles chair is a natural choice for furnishing office, meeting and conference spaces with a timeless style and is available in classic black or ivory with a chrome base.

The latest offerings from Kimball Health included Aiden, a height adjustable, mobile clinician table that allows for greater patient interaction. Whittaker Health’s comfort and style, along with limitless configurations, meet the rigid requirements of today’s healthcare landscapes with both function and cleanability. The Wilder collection has been expanded to include a rocker, loveseat and ferrule options, and our popular Tucker seating offering expanded to include a guest, bariatric, patient, and hip chair.

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“With our continued desire to be human-centered, purpose-driven, and modern, we create flexible and relevant environments that provide users a space they enjoy while having choices in furniture and technology applications to better support the changing nature of workplace activities,” explained Wendy Murray, Director of Product and Brand at Kimball. “Health and wellness are essential to engagement and productivity. That’s why we have a continued commitment to not only be a company that focuses on innovation, knowledge, and adaptability, but also one that is committed to well-being, offering products and solutions that provide comfort and encourage movement.”

Visit www.kimball.com/chicago/2019/ to take a 3D tour of our sophisticozy showroom, explore the showroom map for the different products and finishes, view more photos of our new introductions, download our Fresh for 2019 Brochure, or listen to our new Work Your Way podcast with designer, Brian Graham.  

NeoCon | New 2019 Kimball Introductions

Another NeoCon has come and gone! 2019 brought us a lot of new, fresh interior solutions and we cannot get enough. This year, Kimball introduced a new kind of NeoCon theme, Sophisticozy. “Welcoming a refined sense of warmth and humanit to the workflow. Furnishings in relaxed tones and rich textures that invite people to come together comfortably. An atmosphere that not only considers our productivity but our peace of mind. Join us to experience that harmony.” (Kimball)

Debut™

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photo source: Kimball Brand

Our latest office solution features a modern aesthetic that showcases the Kimball design direction and craftsmanship. Featuring asymmetrical, modern aesthetic for the office. Debut includes thoughtfully designed height-adjust desks, sleek storage options and layered wall panels that support acoustic separation. Soft, rounded corners are a key element of this unique offering, which includes privacy panels and an accessory rail to house utility tools for an additional flexibility within this comprehensive solution.

Work|Able™

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photo source: Kimball Brand

A new wall solutions that maximizes touchdown, group, and personal space in dense footprints with thoughtful design details. Work able creates an engaging application within the larger environment. Acoustic softness combines with a personal level of materiality, tactile and differentiation in this offering.

Whittaker™

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photo source: Kimball Brand

An elegant, timeless lounge offering, Whittaker combines light and slender simplicity with a sophisticated industrial aesthetic. Utilize modular components or stand-alone freely within the interior environment. Whittaker’s comfort and style, along with limitless configurations, creates a welcome setting where people feel right at home. A clean-out option meets the rigid requirements of today’s healthcare landscapes.

Nate & Natty™

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photo source: Kimball Brand

A family of seating designed to meet the spectrum of needs in today’s workplace. Whether next to a desk or in a conference space, Nate & Natty can dress up a room with fun colors and different base options. With a lovely detail stitching, this seating family consists of a conference or guest chair, as well as counter or bar height stools. Whatever the choice, Nat & Natty are sure to enhance any space with a luxurious tone and comfort like none other. The scale of both chairs has been designed for today’s spaces; the comfort for today’s informal setting; and the material options for a designer to be able to easily carry a design vocabulary.




Pairings™ Nooks

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As an extension of Pairings, designed by pL-D, the Pairings Nooks provides a private retreat for meetings or impromptu gatherings, while still fitting into the open plan. Pairings Nook provides enclosed spaces for a more private setting that supports collaboration or just casual conversation. Extend work surfaces off the back and add monitors, storage and markerboards for a complete, interactive solution.

Niles™

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photo source: Kimball Brand

With a timeless style, Niles is a natural choice for furnishing office, meeting and conference spaces. Available in classic black and ivory with a chrome base, it comes in mid-back or high-back models for all types of applications.

Priority™ Height Adjust

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photo source: Kimball Brand

Now with even greater flexibility, the expanded Priority portfolio includes new height-adjustable desks and a multitude of low storage pedestals that can be integrated for a truly comprehensive solution. Utilize a robust selection of wall panels to create a space that supports any type of modern-day work environment.






Wilder™

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photo source: Kimball Brand

Wilder brings a sense of warmth and sophistication to health and commercial waiting places. The collection includes lounge, guest, and bench solutions, as well as new rocker, loveseat and ferrule options. The rocker provides passive movement to ease anxiety allows families to gather in comfort.




Greer™ & Aidin™

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photo source: Kimball Brand

Greer is a modern and modest, full function patient recliner, built with quality and value in mind. The small-scale design works perfectly for today’s smaller footprint spaces while still providing comfort for all body shapes and sizes. With features that provide complete functionality, Greer offer patients comfort during treatment.

Aidin, is a height adjustable, mobile clinician table that allows for greater patient interaction. Available in different top shapes and materials with an optional cup holder and spill groove, Aidin supports the needs of demanding healthcare spaces.

See the full 2019 Kimball Introduction Brochure HERE.





Living Coral | Pantone's Color of the Year 2019

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It’s that time of the year! While everyone is giddy over the holidays, we’re gushing over the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019; 16-1546 Living Coral. The Pantone Color Institute is the business unit within Pantone that highlights top seasonal runway colors, forecasts global color trends, and advises companies on color for product and brand visual identity. Every winter, Pantone announces a “color of the year” - a retinal reflection of the cultural moment.

“Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities and this is particularly true for Living Coral. With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial PANTONE Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

- Leatrice Eiseman

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE

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Image source: Pantone



So…why coral?

We live in a digital world. Our lives are constantly consumed by technology + social media which leaves us wanting more authentic + intimate experiences. PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral’s social spirit engages nature while encouraging lighthearted activity. It evokes a playfulness that we so desire in our every day lives. The Color Institute states that it “symbolizes our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.” Originally, the Greek word Coral corresponds to the element of the ocean + means ‘daughter of the sea’. It supports creative energies + displays a lively presence.


Coral in the Workplace

Generally, we tend to see more neutral colors in the workplace. With the recent focus on employee well-being, most work environments try not to visually overwhelm staff. The main goal is to provide employees with a healthy, appealing environment to increase productivity. Some might think coral is an overwhelming color to use. However, if used correctly, it can provide us with comfort + buoyancy.

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Image source: https://www.decoist.com/2014-07-16/hot-color-trends-interior-design/

Living Coral is the perfect bold statement for 2019. Use it in communal spaces such as pop-up installations + interactive areas. The Color Institute also adds, “As a color linked to tactility and human connection, PANTONE Living Coral in shag rugs, cozy blankets, and lush upholsteries create a warm, comforting, and nurturing feeling.”

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Image source: Kimball


Use PANTONE 16-1546 in your designs!

Curious in how to use the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year? The Color Institute has created five different color pallets that feature Living Coral to help you bring this year’s special shade into your designs + illustrate the dynamic nature of this color within various combinations.








Sources:

https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-of-the-year/color-of-the-year-2019

https://colourpsychologytoday.com/colour-meanings