Moody and Luxe – HBF and Knoll


Moody and Luxe – HBF and Knoll

by Dehne Sibbernsen

The first major trend that definitely stood out at this year’s NeoCon was a move toward residential/luxe. It seemed that many manufacturers were turning towards residential design as their muse for this year’s collections. With a nod towards all-things luxe and moody, analogous and monochrome color palettes paired with touches of mixed-metals and organic, bold new forms, where layering of elements typically found in residential design into in commercial spaces was seen.

It reminded me of many of the booths at the annual Collective Design fair in New York, where one of my favorite studios, Apparatus, employed deep crimson and vermillion tones in with an emphasis on creating a fresh take on 70’s and 80’s forms. Think lacquered column-based tables, brass, oiled-bronze, mohair and highly stylized wood species.

I felt that Knoll, Geiger and HBF did a beautiful job of this.

Black and gold accents

Knoll took moody luxe to a whole new level this year at NeoCon. Lots of black and gold! Loved this vignette which included an original Henry Bertoia sculpture from the Knoll archives.

Red hombre wall and burgandy seating

Lots of atmosphere and mood here at the HBF showroom. Love the ombre wall covering, combination of the color and textural shifts, and the fresh take on forms, where the furniture becomes the 3D work of art in the space. Well done!


Dehne Sibbernsen

Dehne Sibbernsen is a New York-based designer in HOK’€™s New York studio, and is sharing with us the trends he spots at NeoCon 2017.