THE MART Prepares for NeoCon

If you think the weeks before NeoCon are the calm before the storm, think again. A different “storm” is happening at THE MART right now in the days leading up to the show as manufacturers scramble to finish their spaces and the building prepares for an influx of nearly 50,000 as NeoCon opens one week from today.  The show floors are a flurry of activity as furniture is delivered, coats of paint are applied, and the spaces take shape. Though I visit THE MART every year prior to NeoCon to get a sense of the changes in the building and the reshuffling of brands in the historic industry hub, it is always shocking to see such a mad scramble to the finish line.  Showrooms that today look like a garage sale with furniture stacked everywhere and boxes littering the floor will be spotless and well organized when NeoCon opens next …