Herman Miller and Mannington Commercial hit home runs at this year’s NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair in Chicago. Flooring manufacturer Mannington Commercial won the 2010 Creative Excellence Award for Best Showroom under 2,000-sq.-ft., as well as other honors; while Herman Miller Healthcare was lauded best showroom larger than 3,000-sq.-ft. Both awards are in their 15th year and are sponsored by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and Contract magazine.
Mannington’s showroom space features carpet from its new Sylvan Collection, which features an air of modern sophistication with large-scale graphics, and Monarch Collection, with lush organic patterns. Its hard surface display included Earthly Elements, engineered hardwood in innovative settings, and BioSpec MD, an anti-microbial sheet for critical healthcare areas. It was designed by Scout Branding of Birmingham, Alabama.
The space, painted black from ceiling to floor, was enlivened by oversized pink text that invited visitors to vote in Mannington’s tx:style design challenge, an award selecting two new interior designers to win a full commercial launch for their pattern.
“In the past five years, Mannington Commercial has increasingly become known for beautifully designed carpet and hard surface products that also build upon Mannington’s legacy of quality and performance,” says Natalie Jones, vice president of commercial brand development and creative product at Mannington Commercial. “This year’s showroom is a celebration of inspiration, creativity, energy and a love of design. We are delighted and proud that the IIDA panel of judges are honoring the space with this award.”
The Herman Miller Healthcare showroom was designed by David Simon, creative director for Herman Miller Healthcare, and a team including TVS Design of Atlanta, Stanley Beaman & Sears, and Remedy. Application-based layouts allowed customers to visualize products, and a theme of "Herman Miller Healthcare, Nemschoff and Brandrud: A New Voice" featured many new products in the firm’s Nemschoff and Brandrud lines.