Exhibitors Keep it Glassy at NeoCon East

What’s on the inside counts, too. One architectural design event in Philadelphia last week worked to prove just that.

NeoCon East 2015 was held last Wednesday and Thursday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. In its 13th year, the exposition and conference focuses on commercial interiors in markets that include workplace, healthcare, education, public space, hospitality, retail and government.

The show was not short of glass and glazing, as several companies in the industry were on the scene.

Mike Nicklas, business development manager at J.E. Berkowitz LP, says his company enjoyed new venue for the show, as the Philadelphia location was able to attract a larger and broader group of attendees from the New York City and Boston areas.

He says his company featured its heavy glass fabrication capabilities to meet the “high-precision needed” for the interior glass portion wall systems, as well as its own glass wall systems.

Roxanne Laverty, marketing coordinator at Goldray Industries, says her company was interested in seeing the trends of colors, styles and textures that the show highlights.

Her company showed its latest products, including one of its upcoming wall system designs called “Hugo,” as well as an assortment of simulated materials. “We have recreated the look of stone, wood and fabric on different types of glass,” she says.

Other fabricators that exhibited include New Jersey-based companies McGrory Glass and GGI. BK Glass Sales, which serves the mid-Atlantic region, was on the show floor, as was Clarus Glassboards, a company based in Texas that designs glass dry erase boards and architectural systems for the workplace.

Interior glass wall manufacturers also had a presence at the show, with companies like Nana Wall, Haworth, Nxtwall and Transwall exhibiting. This year’s event marks the first time it features a dedicated architectural wall system section.

Meanwhile, Nathan Allan Glass Studios showed its decorative glass capabilities, as did Carvart, which is displayed its C1 Collection of 12 etched architectural glass patterns in seven-foot-tall panels. According to the company, all 12 designs are named after Brooklyn neighborhoods where it started its manufacturing 20 years ago. Marvin Windows and Assa Abloy exhibited as well.

According to event organizers, NeoCon is focused on highlighting “forward-thinking offerings,” ranging from smarter materials and less obtrusive products for hospitals to furnishings that “promote wellbeing and transition beyond the nine-to-five for a more dynamic way of working.”

In addition to the show floor, the event also featured seminars and presentations.