Yesterday, NeoCon East 2013 opened in Baltimore and right away it was a great show. Positive designers and product specifiers were in our booth with a steady flow of interest in Dreamwalls Color Glass backpainted glass, glass markerboards, and antique mirror. In between meeting and greeting, I was able to fit in some great education opportunities as well.
“Enhancing Sustainability with Demountable Partitions and Moveable Walls” was a presentation given by NelloWall’s Ron Anderson. Mr. Anderson represents the Columbia, MD 40 year-old company and did a very thorough and knowledgable job in presenting the advantages of demountable walls. Re-use, long-life, enhanced productivity, minimal downtime and disruption,…these are just a few of the many benefits achieved by these flexible systems in office environments.
Architect. product designer, and interior design legend, Michael Graves gave a keynote that touched upon his start with George Nelson, followed him to Europe in his youth, hit the high points of his architectural buildings, and his foray into product design, all culminating with his current focus on healthcare environments and products, including his “Vistas” line of vinyls for CF Stinson unveiled at NeoCon East 2013. He was hilariously dry-witted and massively passionate about healthcare & democratization of design. He was truly a delight and full of self-effacing humor and you felt the fire within him that there is still much he wants to accomplish in the world of design.
I then sat in on a seminar about Marketing to the Federal Government which was considerable less helpful,…in no small part to the actual presenters from the GSA being on governmental furlough. If it had been one day later, it would have been a different presentation entirely, I imagine,…but as it was, Jamie Northrupp was tasked with carrying a presentation that was not his own. He did a fine job, all things considered,…but it was a presentation that simply pointed out how inefficient and unwieldy it is to do business with the federal government.
I’ll be able to elaborate more when I return home and can process my copious notes. And don’t forget, I have another day here in Baltimore! In the meantime, I’ll leave you with these 2 fashion trends from the show that appeared all over: motorcycle boots and yellow ochre. Enjoy!