Business was brisk at NeoCon 2011, held June 13-15 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The show for commercial furnishings and interiors attracted nearly 43,000 industry professionals, a 4 percent increase over the previous year. The mood on the show floor was optimistic, with many exhibitors happy to see an increase in the number of visitors.
She noted that high-luster yarns are also important. “With these types of yarns, you can keep a neutral color to the product but have some sort of excitement.”
The Mohawk Group used their space to show off a wide range of new products across their brands, including SmartStrand Contract with DuPont Sorona carpets. The company’s theme for the show was “What Moves You.”
Tandus Flooring showed its Powerbond hybrid resilient sheet flooring and formally introduced its Sero design technology. According to Terry Mowers, Tandus Flooring’s sr. vp product development, Sero allows Powerbond products to feature large, uninterrupted floor patterns in both sheet and modular tile.
Mannington Commercial unveiled products including its Vivendi collection of resilient flooring, a collaboration with HOK Product Design and Pallas Textiles. According to company spokesperson Caleb Ludwick, “This collection is very exciting because it shows off a much softer look, with a distinct healthcare influence.”
Centiva debuted its new First Step app for the iPad and iPhone. “You can choose one of our product series, select the products you want and see them in a full sample size, then easily submit an e-mail to our sample department,” noted Leigh Wright, Centiva sr. designer. “It cuts down on waste and is extremely cost-effective.”
Several companies also used NeoCon as a forum to promote their anniversaries. Crossville’s exhibit featured a sign proclaiming the company’s 25th year in business. “We are still owned by the same company that we were in 1986,” said Laura Lyza, dir. mktg. “Back then, an 8” by 8” tile was considered large format.”
NeoCon 2012 will be held June 11-13, 2012, at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. For more information, visit www.neocon.com.