Best of NeoCon 2019

                                Once again, Design Milk headed off to Chicago to the Merchandise Mart to see the latest and greatest in commercial design at <a href="https://www.neocon.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">NeoCon 2019</a>. Along with a continuation of privacy furniture, much of the new designs seemed to blur the lines between workplace and home, offering companies options that provide a more comfortable and cozy feel. Color and modularity also were standouts as the workspace continues to evolve with companies focusing just as much on aesthetics as they do on functionality. Take a look at some of our favorites from this year&#8217;s show.
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                                <a href="http://www.designtex.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Designtex</a> presented The Bauhaus Project of wallcoverings and textiles featuring the original work of Anni Albers and Gunta Stölzl. Marking the Bauhaus centennial, the collection honors the textile pioneers, who at the start were only allowed to study ceramics and textiles when it began in 1919.

Black White Red, Anni Albers, 1926

Black White Yellow, Anni Albers,

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J_Spy uses concrete blocks to form Catskills House in the New York countryside

Catskill House in New York State by JSPY Architecture


The husband-and-wife team behind American firm J_Spy have created a retreat for their family in Upstate New York that features a compact interior and basic materials like concrete masonry and standing-seam metal. Read more


Junya Ishigami unveils rocky Serpentine Pavilion made out of slate

Serpentine Pavilion 2019 by Junya Ishigami


Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has completed this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, a craggy structure he describes as a “hill made out of rocks”. Read more


Junya Ishigami unveils rocky Serpentine Pavilion made out of slate

Serpentine Pavilion 2019 by Junya Ishigami


Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has completed this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, a craggy structure he describes as a “hill made out of rocks”. Read more


BIG reveals visuals of pagoda-like hotel for Copenhagen’s Tivoli amusement park

H C Anderson Hotel by BIG for Tivoli


BIG has revealed visuals of the “whimsical” plant-covered H C Andersen Hotel it has designed for the Tivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen. Read more


BIG reveals visuals of pagoda-like hotel for Copenhagen’s Tivoli amusement park

H C Anderson Hotel by BIG for Tivoli


BIG has revealed visuals of the “whimsical” plant-covered H C Andersen Hotel it has designed for the Tivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen. Read more


“Locals in Venice are feeling increasingly left out of the conversation”

David Chipperfield Procuratie Vecchie in Venice


As David Chipperfield begins the next stage of the restoration of the Procuratie Vecchie on Piazza San Marco in Venice, James Imam asks if architects can save cities straining to deal with increasing tourist numbers. Read more


Atelier Vens Vanbelle creates monastic white country house

House Nico and Hilde by Atelier Vens Vanbelle


Belgian studio Atelier Vens Vanbelle has designed a white house inspired by the monasteries and farmhouses that typify the Oosterzele region. Read more


Atelier Vens Vanbelle creates monastic white country house

House Nico and Hilde by Atelier Vens Vanbelle


Belgian studio Atelier Vens Vanbelle has designed a white house inspired by the monasteries and farmhouses that typify the Oosterzele region. Read more


SelgasCano designs “most ambitious and bold” Second Home for Los Angeles


Spanish practice SelgasCano has revealed its design for Second Home in Hollywood – a sprawling co-working campus comprising bright yellow work pods interspersed with lush planting. Read more


Mia2 – House renovation, Oberneukirchen 2018. Photos © Kurt…

Mia2House renovation, Oberneukirchen 2018. Photos © Kurt Hörbst.

Studio Gang unveils new details of Natural History Museum extension in New York

American Museum of Natural History science centre of Studio Gang


American architecture firm Studio Gang has released an updated set of renderings of its undulating addition to the American Natural History Museum in Manhattan. Read more


Studio Gang unveils new details of Natural History Museum extension in New York

American Museum of Natural History science centre of Studio Gang


American architecture firm Studio Gang has released an updated set of renderings of its undulating addition to the American Natural History Museum in Manhattan. Read more


Arrokabe – Sieteymedio prefab home, Spain 2019. Via, photos…

Arrokabe – Sieteymedio prefab home, Spain 2019. Via, photos © Luis Díaz Díaz.

A Flat in a Tenement House in Lodz by 3XEL Architekci

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                                With its compact footprint, the <a href="http://3xel.pl/projekty/projekt-wnetrza-mieszkania-w-kamienicy/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Flat in a Tenement House</a> required creative thinking by <a href="http://3xel.pl/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">3XEL Architekci</a> to maximize space for a young couple, which included adding a mezzanine. The main level of the Lodz apartment is quite small with just the kitchen, dining room, and bathroom. The living room was relocated to the mezzanine where it shares the space with the bedroom. Despite its 55-square-meter size, the interior manages to feel open and cozy with plenty of character.

The simple kitchen avoids looking more cluttered by not having upper cabinets. The lower cabinets feature matte black fronts, a gray countertop, and sleek black Smeg fridge. The darker elements, which includes the black steel balustrade along the stairs and mezzanine edge, are balanced with warm wood floors and wooden elements.

A black and white wall shelf ties into the rest of the decor while adding a place to display mementos and

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Studio Seilern Architects raises the roof to create Andermatt Concert Hall in the Swiss Alps

Andermatt Concert Hall in the Swiss Alps by Studio Seilern Architects


Studio Seilern Architects has converted a half-built conference centre in Andermatt, Switzerland, into a concert hall by lifting up its roof to double the building’s size. Read more


Stripped-back surfaces appear throughout Hackney apartment by Merrett Houmøller Architects

Martello Street apartment by Merrett Houmoller Architects


Exposed concrete walls and a set of “hit-and-miss” stairs add character to this formerly lacklustre apartment in east London, which has been overhauled by Merrett Houmøller Architects. Read more


Stripped-back surfaces appear throughout Hackney apartment by Merrett Houmøller Architects

Martello Street apartment by Merrett Houmoller Architects


Exposed concrete walls and a set of “hit-and-miss” stairs add character to this formerly lacklustre apartment in east London, which has been overhauled by Merrett Houmøller Architects. Read more


TRIAS Architects raises timber Three Piece House on a red brick base

Three Piece House but Studio TRIAS


A trio of timber-clad bungalows by TRIAS Architects form Three Piece House in Stockton, Australia, which is raised on a reclaimed brick base to protect it from the sea. Read more


Solo Arquitetos builds Brazilian holiday home Casa do Lago using reclaimed bricks and local stones

Lake house in Brazil by Solo Arquitectos


Brazilian firm Solo Arquitetos sourced red-hued stones from a local quarry and repurposed bricks from a defunct factory to build this vacation home near Brazil‘s Paranapanema river. Read more