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KI Dazzles Attendees at NeoCon 2011 with Award-Winning Furniture and Showroom Designs

June 17, 2011

GREEN BAY, WIS.  - KI inspired attendees at the 2011 NeoCon® World's Trade Fair with fresh ideas, stylish new furniture solutions and an award-winning showroom and products highlighting KI's cross-market approach to design.  

The KI showroom was recognized as the winner in the Large Showroom category of the Showroom & Booth Design Competition from IIDA and Contract Magazine. The award recognizes the KI showroom for its originality of design, visual impact and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting and graphics in its showroom at NeoCon 2011. To view photos of the showroom, visit: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjuYQfwi.  

"KI's newly designed NeoCon showroom was a showstopper," said Shawn Green, vice president, design and product marketing, KI. "From our exceptionally stylish new product designs to the intimate experience of the showroom itself, visitors to the KI showroom were greeted with a harmonious blend of furniture and design across multiple markets and applications. It's a tremendous honor to inspire our guests at NeoCon to create elegant, flexible, functional environments in business, healthcare, government and education markets." 

KI was also recognized with a Best of NeoCon Gold award for its Learn2™ Mobile Classroom Furniture in the Education Solutions category. Designed for higher education and K-12 environments based on extensive student research, Learn2 Mobile Classroom Furniture is uniquely versatile and mobile and represents the natural progression of KI's product portfolio of collaborative educational furniture solutions. Whether for individual study, group projects, or traditional classrooms, this seat and surface combination personalizes the learning experience.  

"Learn2 is testament to KI's market-leading knowledge and expertise within the education market and a great example of KI's natural progression of our product portfolio of collaborative education furniture solutions," said Amy Kiefer, vice president, education, KI. "We're honored by the judges selection of Learn2 and look forward to introducing the product to our customers to help them meet the ever-changing needs of the education market." 

New product introductions included: Learn2™ Mobile Classroom Furniture, the KI Design Collection™, Torsion Air™, the Itoki™ Collection, Tufted Kurv™ Bench, Soltíce® Collection Enhancements, and Amadeus™ Conference Collection. 

KI also received the 2011 BUILDINGS's Product Innovations grand prize for its Genius Movable Walls in the workplace design aesthetics category. KI's Unite System received a merit award in the furniture systems and accessories category. 

In addition to awards, visitors to KI's NeoCon showroom were also greeted with a wide range of exciting promotions.  

Guests had the opportunity to leave their creative marks on KI's flagship product - the metal folding chair - using specially-designated Sharpie® markers. Guests received specially created Amazon.com song downloads for participating. When guests weren't drawing, they were confessing in KI's NeoConfessional-a social experiment that encouraged NeoCon attendees to "confess" on camera in KI's NeoCon showroom anything and everything on their minds. View some of this year's confessionals here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/neoconfessional

More than 700 guests also enjoyed creative cuisine, beverages and two live lounge deejays during KI's showroom party held Monday night from 4-6 p.m. To view photos from the party, visit http://flic.kr/s/aHsjuYQcRn.  

Showroom visitors also registered to win one of three iPad 2's. You can view photos of one of the lucky winner here: http://on.fb.me/lqIGW7.  

KI manufactures innovative furniture and wall system solutions for education, healthcare, government and corporate markets. The employee-owned company is headquartered in Green Bay, Wis. and operates sales offices and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. KI tailors products and service solutions to the specific needs of each customer through its unique design and manufacturing philosophy. For more information, visit www.ki.com

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FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact: 
Aiden McGuire 
amcguire@mower.com  

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