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Flote Lounge Collection by Hightower wins top honors at Best of NeoCon 2023; 114 awards presented in 50+ categories

Commercial interiors event NeoCon has announced the winners of the 33rd annual Best of NeoCon Awards. The highly esteemed program recognizes products from industry-leading companies that demonstrate unparalleled innovation and ​design-forward thinking. Selected by a distinguished jury of architects, designers, specifiers, enterprise clients, facility managers and top business media, each of the entries was evaluated on-site in the days leading up to the show. A total of 114 awards were bestowed upon products in more than 50 categories for Gold, Silver, Sustainability, Innovation, Business Impact, and the coveted Best of Competition honors. This year, the Flote Lounge Collection from Hightower (Showroom 1110) received the distinction of Best of Competition. 

Best of Competition Winner — Flote Lounge Collection by Hightower

“The solutions unveiled during this year’s Best of NeoCon reflect the expanded and increasingly diverse range of needs of today’s offices, schools, hotels, restaurants, retail, public space, and healthcare facilities,” remarks Eileen McMorrow of The McMorrow Reports, Best of NeoCon Competition Director since its inception in 1990. “From products designed to promote relaxation and well-being, to solo work pods and acoustic solutions well-suited for concentration and focused work, to collaboration collections for intentional team tasks, this year’s winning products enhance the built environment and contribute to a more balanced user experience.”

BofN 2023 BOC Hightower Flote Lounge Collection
Best of Competition Flote Lounge Collection by Hightower also won Gold in the Furniture > Lounge Furniture Collections category.

Taking this year’s Best of Competition, Hightower’s Flote Lounge Collection was inspired by the support, comfort, and ease of relaxing on a pool float. With its inviting, curve-hugging seat and modern-yet-timeless aesthetic, Flote brings a sensation of buoyancy and cloud-like comfort to the user. Flote Lounge Collection also won Gold in the Furniture > Lounge Furniture Collections category.

“After a few years of tumult and uncertainty, the optimism and comfort of this collection is just what we need to see,” the jury notes. They also praise the collection for “offering a fresh perspective while paying homage to the past and looking toward the future. The inspiring design story and features like a surprising zipper detail, stitching options, and ‘hotdog’ welting exemplify the boldness and creativity behind its design. Situated on this piece, one can’t help but feel a unique and immersive experience that beckons them to stay. Committed to a better tomorrow, Hightower also recently received its B-Corp certification for social and environmental governance.”

The Best of NeoCon jury also recognized six products for its new Business Impact Awards, which honor design excellence through a business-oriented lens. A jury of discerning journalists from media outlets including Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Human Resources Executive, Crain’s Chicago Business and 99% Invisible evaluated the curated selection of products based on each solution’s ability to positively impact both the organization and its people. Winners include: OFS’ Tate; Okamura’s Lives Post + Beam; Andreu World’s Bolete Lounge BIO; Schiavello’s Krossi Workstations; Via Seating’s 4-UP; and Makr Furniture’s Moment Collection. From a new workstation system powered by wifi-enabled technology to optimize use and employee wellness to a cushion family designed for meditative spaces, the winning products address the current and emerging trends across verticals.

See the complete list of Best of NeoCon 2023 Winners below, organized by category, award, company and product.

  • Hightower for Flote in Lounge Furniture Collections

Acoustic Solutions

Gold: Shaw Contract for Mike Ford + Shaw Contract
  • GOLD: Wolf Gordon for GATHER Acoustical Materials
  • SILVER: Zintra for Zintra Organic Etch       

Panels/Partitions/Screens/ Space Dividers

  • GOLD: Zintra for Zintra Organic Etch

Work Pods

  • GOLD: SnapCab for LinkPro
  • SILVER: Schiavello for Focus Quiet Rooms                                                                           

Carpet: Area Rugs

  • GOLD: Shaw Contract for Mike Ford + Shaw Contract
  • SILVER: Shaw Contract for Cultura

Carpet: Broadloom

Silver: Patcraft for Material Edit Soft Surface
  • GOLD: Mohawk Group for Mycotopia
  • SILVER: Shaw Contract for Cultura

Carpet: Modular

  • GOLD: Shaw Contract for Cultura
  • SILVER: Patcraft for Material Edit Soft Surface

Hard-Surface Flooring: Natural Materials

  • SILVER: Bjelin for Bjelin Hardened Wood Class 33

Hard-Surface Flooring: Vinyl/LVT

  • GOLD: Mohawk Group for Taking Root
  • SILVER: Shaw Contract for Cultura LVT


  • GOLD: Makr Furniture for Moment Desking
  • SILVER: Schiavello for Krossi Workstations

Case Goods

Gold: Mohawk Group for Taking Root
  • GOLD: Tuohy Furniture for Uku Casegoods
  • SILVER: Nienkämper for Vox Signature

Collections for Collaboration

  • GOLD: Steelcase for Ocular
  • SILVER: The Senator Group for CoLab                

Conference Room Furniture


Education Solutions

  • GOLD: The Senator Group for CoLab
  • SILVER: Andreu World for In Out Office Monoplace       

Enhancements to Furniture Systems       

  • SILVER: Watson Furniture Group for Tonic Workbench

Furniture Systems

  • GOLD: Enwork for Cayman by Enwork           

Lounge Furniture Collections

  • GOLD: Hightower for Flote
  • SILVER: DARRAN Furniture for Dove Lounge       

Seating: Benches

  • GOLD: OFS for Rowen

Seating: Conference

  • GOLD: Davis Furniture for Zen Conference        
  • SILVER: Dauphin HumanDesign Group for Cempa Nesting

Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task

  • SILVER: Okamura for Sphere         

Seating: Guest

  • GOLD: Andreu World for Casta      
  • SILVER: Davis Furniture for Seba Chair

Seating: Modular

  • GOLD: Stylex for Luna              
  • SILVER: Andreu World for Hub Sofa

Seating: Sofas & Lounge

  • GOLD: Carolina, an OFS company, for Elara               
  • SILVER: Martin Brattrud for La Duna            

Seating: Stacking

  • GOLD: Andreu World for Gala Pure ECO    
  • SILVER: Davis Furniture for Mudra 

Seating: Stools

  • GOLD: Allermuir for Ooty              
  • SILVER: KFI Studios for Vale


  • GOLD: Nucraft for Compatta       
  • SILVER: HALCON for OPTIC       

Tables: Café

  • GOLD: OFS for Rowen café      
  • SILVER: Andreu World for Polina
Gold: Davis Furniture for Vida  

Tables: Communal

  • SILVER: Watson Furniture Group for Tonic Work Table

Tables: Conference

  • GOLD: Davis Furniture for Vida        
  • SILVER: Nienkämper for Gateway Edge            

Tables: Height-Adjustable

  • GOLD: FlexiSpot for FlexiSpot 4-Leg Standing Desk E7Q          
  • SILVER: Nienkämper for Gateway Edge

Tables: Occasional

  • GOLD: Andreu World for Nazar
  • SILVER: DARRAN Furniture for Susu        

Tables: Task

  • GOLD: NaughtOne for Morse Table System       

Workplace Accessories

  • GOLD: Makr Furniture for Moment Board


  • SILVER: Shaw Contract for Dappled Light

Guest & Lounge Seating

  • GOLD: Carolina, an OFS company, for Elara
  • SILVER: Carolina, an OFS company, for Blueprint

Patient Seating

Silver: Wieland Healthcare for The Soul Collection
  • SILVER: Wieland Healthcare for The Soul Collection


  • GOLD: C.F. Stinson for Wellness Essentials
  • SILVER: Designtex for Silicone Symphony

Architectural Products

  • SILVER: Nienkämper for Toko

Demountable Walls

  • GOLD: Mute for OmniRoom

Signage & Wayfinding   

  • SILVER: Takeform for Empath | Behavioral Health Signage

Surfacing Materials & Finishes

  • SILVER: Zintra for Zintra Organic Etch

Wall Treatments

  • SILVER: Astek for Ascend


  • SILVER: BuzziSpace for BuzziPebl Light


  • GOLD: Koncept for Yurei Co-Working Light


  • SILVER: Carnegie Fabrics for Al Fresco

Furniture: Seating

  • GOLD: Nardi S.p.A. for Net Lounge
  • SILVER: Andreu World for Gala Pure ECO

Furniture: Tables

  • GOLD: Allermuir for Tibo

Integrated Solutions



  • GOLD: Camira for Camirarevolution
  • SILVER: C.F. Stinson for Shape, Line & Color
  • Acoustic Solutions: Zintra for Zintra Organic Etch
  • Architectural Products: Okamura for Lives Post + Beam
  • Carpet: Area Rugs: Shaw Contract for Mike Ford + Shaw Contract
  • Hard-Surface Flooring: Vinyl/LVT: Patcraft for Material Edit Hard Surface
  • Integrated Solutions: Thinkspace for Neuron Activation Pod
  • Workplace Accessories: Vaask for Vaask
  • Tables: Occasional: Andreu World for Alla
  • Seating: Modular: SIXINCH for Elevate
  • Seating: Sofas & Lounge: Schiavello for Vali Sofa Collection
  • Seating: Stacking: Davis Furniture for Perle
  • Lounge Furniture Collections: DARRAN Furniture for Dove Lounge
  • Seating: Benches: Mizetto for Lumber
  • Seating: Conference: Dauphin HumanDesign Group for Cempa Nesting
  • Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task: Haworth for Fern 75th Anniversary & Digital Knit Project
  • Seating: Stools: Dauphin HumanDesign Group for Allora Poufs
Sustainability: HMTX Industries for The Mycelium Collection of SRP


  • Upholstery: Camira for Camirarevolution
  • Flooring: Shaw Contract for Dappled Light
  • Furniture: Seating: Andreu World for Gala Pure ECO
  • Tables: Occasional: Andreu World for Bolete Occasional BIO
  • Tables: Occasional: BOLD Furniture for retreeve Tables Collection
  • Tables: Conference: Mantra Inspired Furniture for EarthPly Collection
  • Tables: Communal: Andreu World for Tamara
  • Acoustic Solutions: BlockO for BlockO Four & BlockO Six
  • Hard-Surface Flooring: Vinyl/LVT: Mohawk Group for Taking Root
  • Specialty Flooring: HMTX Industries for The Mycelium Collection of SRP
  • Seating: Modular: Andreu World for Hub Sofa
  • Seating: Sofas & Lounge: Via Seating for Vooom
  • Furniture Systems: Schiavello for Climate Workstation System
  • Lounge Furniture Collections: Nienkämper for Beam
BUSINESS IMPACT AWARDS                              
Business Impact HM: Guest & Lounge Seating: Kwalu for Padua Collection
  • WINNER: Seating: Sofas & Lounge: Andreu World for Bolete Lounge BIO
  • WINNER: Architectural Products: Okamura for Lives Post + Beam
  • WINNER: Workplace Accessories: OFS for Tate
  • WINNER: Benching: Schiavello for Krossi Workstations
  • WINNER: Collections for Collaboration: Makr Furniture for Moment Collection
  • WINNER: Seating: Ergonomic Desk/Task: Via Seating for 4-UP
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Flooring: Mohawk Group for Medella Well
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Guest & Lounge Seating: Kwalu for Padua Collection
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Seating: Sofas & Lounge: Schiavello for Vali Sofa Collection
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Seating: Benches: OFS for Rowen
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Seating: Conference: Allermuir for Famiglia
BEST OF COMPETITION FINALISTS                                          
  • Demountable Walls: Mute for OmniRoom
  • Tables: Communal: Andreu World for Tamara
  • Tables: Conference: Davis Furniture for Vida
  • Seating: Stacking: Andreu World for Gala Pure ECO
  • Education Solutions: The Senator Group for CoLab

See the full list of Best of NeoCon 2023 winners, with images and descriptions, or the complete 2023 Best of NeoCon Gallery of Entrants and Winners, sortable, on the NeoCon website.