New York—After a three-year pause interrupted by COVID-19, ConsoCon 2022 returned to New York City’s Chelsea District. More than 200 industry professionals attended the A&D event here at The Altman Building.
Hosted by Consolidated Flooring, ConsoCon 2022 was more about fellowship with industry partners than selling. Still, more than 20 vendors rented booths to show products and network with attendees comprising mostly designers.
“The event once again demonstrated the power of partnership between our company and our loyal vendors,” said Dave Meberg, CEO of Consolidated Flooring, which also hosted the event in 2019. “The joint effort provided a fun opportunity for us to demonstrate our products and services to the architectural and design communities. We are thrilled with the outcome and the response.”
Prior to 2019, these post-NeoCon events were held in cities other than New York. But with the inaugural 2019 event and now 2022, New York may become a desired location. “New Yorkers don’t necessarily get out of town for these events—I didn’t see many of these people at NeoCon,” said Christopher Capobianco, New York metro sales rep for Spartan Surfaces. “This is a perfect location. The times being what they are, anything shown in the last three years is new.”
Many of the products exhibited at ConsoCon 2022 had already been shown or introduced, with one or two exceptions. Tarkett, for example, debuted Discover, a modular carpet featuring a Powerbond closed-cell cushion that provides a wall-to-wall moisture barrier so leaks and spills never reach the subfloor. “There’s no better way to get back to business than to be here,” said Ricardo DaSilva, regional vice president, NY Metro, for Tarkett, who showed off the product to designers. “This out-of-workplace setting creates some genuine one-to-one conversations.”
Meberg said the success of ConsoCon could not have been achieved without the time commitment of event sponsors. They were, in alphabetical order: Allstate Flooring, Anker, Apollo Flooring, Ardex, The Belknap White Group, Bentley Mills, Bostik, Gerflor, HB Fuller, Interface, J+J Flooring, Mannington, Mapei, Matter Surfaces, Michael Halebian & Co ., The Mohawk Group, Roppe, Salesmaster, Schönox/Küberit, Shaw Contract, Siena, Spartan Surfaces, Sur4ces and Tarkett.