“This is my first time at a Coverings show, and I can’t believe what I have been missing,” said Kay Whitemore, a high-end commercial architect from Chicago. “This time I had no excuse because it’s in my hometown,” she continued.
With more than 75 free educational seminars and demonstrations lined-up over the four-day event, the show’s appeal extended to many - especially the architecture, design and specifying communities.
Response from manufacturers was equally enthusiastic, with most companies reporting heavier traffic and increased sales versus previous years.
“With our home base in Chicago, we were thrilled that Coverings was here this year,” said Graziano Verdi, CEO of StonePeak Ceramics. “We were better positioned to serve the architecture and design community that is vast in Chicago, and we felt the foot traffic overall was extremely strong.”
In addition to its extensive educational line-up of hands-on demonstrations, educational opportunities, and new product unveilings, several countries showcased their products within dedicated pavilions. Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey all featured pavilions, and this year’s show featured a German pavilion for the first time.
The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will host Coverings in 2008, April 29 to May 2. For more information, visit www.coverings.com or call (703) 683-8500.