What THE MART and Fulton Market Tell Us About Our Priorities as an Industry

For some people in the office furniture and workplace industry, going to Chicago in early June is an established ritual. For others a repeated and unwelcome burden. For still others a delightful diversion. Regardless, the industry focuses its attention there and then. Has for years. But that focus is getting increasingly fragmented.  The first fragmentation surfaces in the name. Some people will be attending an event called NeoCon, a decades old industry exhibition held within the confines of THE MART along the Chicago River. Others will be attending, during the same week in June, an event called Design Days in the Fulton Market area of the city. Shuttle buses, taxis, and ride shares will move many folks back and forth to participate in both events. Walking is a challenge.   Industry veterans know that this June fragmentation is relatively new. Starting with the departure from THE MART of Knoll in …