Golden glow for Nemo intro: Best of NeoCon Gold for innovative furniture ‘system’

CHICAGO – June 11, 2012 –  The Nemo Bar and Trellis by izzy captured the Best of NeoCon Gold Award for Furniture Systems on the opening morning of NeoCon 2012.BON Gold Nemo

The new product line, designed by Joey Ruiter of JRuiter + Studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Chuck Saylor, the founder and CEO of izzy+, is a fresh take on a category that has been dominated by cubicle systems for more than four decades.

The Gold Award for Nemo by izzy, said Saylor, is a sign that the “past is now the past, and a new day has dawned that will unleash and expand the power of collaboration and human connection.”

The Nemo Bar and Trellis by izzy, both of which were shown in concept form during the two previous NeoCon shows, help create inspiring spaces for next-generation knowledge workers and learners.  The Bar offers a hub for connection and collaboration, where ideas may be freely shared. The Trellis provides a sense of enclosure and privacy for one individual to several people at a time, along with options for power and technology.

Equally at home in a corporate office, college setting or airport lounge, the Bar and Trellis create a flexible environment that fosters, supports, and stimulates a free-flowing exchange where two or more are gathered, while also providing a sanctuary for semi-private work or reflection, according to Saylor and Ruiter.

Consistent with the izzy+ modernist design philosophy, the Bar and Trellis reflect clean and simple geometric forms.  Both elements support the ideas associated with layering, change of scale and intuitive functionality. Using recyclable materials, both the Bar and Trellis strive for a balanced, organic pureness of form that elegantly fulfill the desired function of each.

Ruiter and Saylor continue to hone and develop new concepts for the Nemo collection, and several prototype pieces, including lounge seating, low benches, tables and privacy “cocoons” for heads-down work, are being previewed in the izzy+ showroom space 11-100 during NeoCon 2012.

The 2012 Best of NeoCon Golf award marks the 11th time in 12 years that brands and strategic partners of the izzy+ business have earned honors at NeoCon World’s Trade Fair, the annual North American exhibition of contract furnishings at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.

About Best of NeoCon

The Best of NeoCon competition is sponsored by Contract Magazine, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.,, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

About izzy+

The employees of izzy+ ( design, manufacture and market office furniture and seating that solve real problems for real people. The focus is to provide designers with the tools to create inspiring work spaces for forward-thinking customers in home offices and small businesses, in executive offices and board rooms, in hospitals and classrooms. Its award-winning products are marketed under the brand names  izzy, HÅGHarter, Fixtures Furniture, Zoom Seating and ABCO Office Furniture.

Based in Spring Lake, Mich., U.S., izzy+ is a business of JSJ Corporation of Grand Haven, Michigan.


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