On the Road: Trade Show Recaps – On the House

On the Road: Trade Show Recaps

By on July 6, 2014

The Dow finished the week by breaking through 17,000 following the Labor Department’s report that our economy created a much better-than-expected 288,000 jobs in June. More good signs emerged as the employment rate fell to 6.1 percent… that’s the lowest rate since September 2008. As such, we’ve now acquired back the same number of jobs lost since the downturn. What’s more, consumer sentiment continues to be more positive than expectations, with the leading economic indicators rising for the fourth straight month.


New homes surged some 19 percent in May, the largest gain in more than two decades. And as if on cue, pending home sales  jumped more than 6 percent to reach their highest level in eight months. While foreclosure starts rose over 9 percent for the month – the first time in 8 months – the trend remains at the lowest level since 2007 and down 32 percent from a year ago. With 30 year mortgage rates once again at or below a “four-handle,” pre-payment activity rose for the third consecutive month.


Home prices continue to climb in all but eight of the 146 markets reporting as the median listing price of homes rose 8 percent year-over-year. Interesting, the median age of the housing inventory is identical for this May as was the case last May… demand is continuing to absorb homes as quickly as was the pace the year before.


The Kleber & Associates team traveled from Chicago to California last month to check first-hand the state of the industry from the perspective of four separate trade shows. I hope you enjoy our reporting from each unique experience as you celebrate America’s birthday with friends and family this holiday weekend.


All my best,

Steve Kleber
Kleber and Associates

NeoCon 2014: Cutting Edge Design in the Windy City

NeoCon 2014, Chicago

Kleber and Associates summer road tour rolled into the Windy City, aka Chicago, last month for NeoCon® 2014- North America’s largest design show and conference for commercial interiors. The show draws more than 40,000 attendees each year from the architecture and design industry eager to see the latest trends.

As we waited in lines for elevators and weaved in and out of the over 700 showrooms and exhibits, we came across a variety of innovative products and resources for corporate hospitality, healthcare, retail, and various other commercial applications. We couldn’t list them all, so here is a collection of K&A’s favorite standout products from NeoCon 2014.

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The West Coast Swing Stop One: Dwell on Design 2014 in Los Angeles


Feeling nostalgic for the bygone Goldrush days, the K&A team headed west to Dwell on Design (Dwell) in Los Angeles, California.  The Dwell show featured thousands of products and hundreds of programs on three separate soundstages, focusing on innovative, marketable designs in urban construction, modern design and green living.

K&A hosted several client Industrial Design representatives at this annual “incubation lab” event, where we conducted extensive research on popular trends and emerging themes. From small desk accessories to full size cargo containers reclaimed as new age living spaces… the opportunities at the show were rich for exploring dramatic new fabrications and innovative solutions.

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The West Coast Swing Stop Two – On the Streets of San Francisco for PCBC


It was an interesting blend on the streets of San Francisco June 25-26. On one end, thousands of IT developers crammed into the Moscone Center West for the annual Google I/O conference to hear the what’s next from the web’s preeminent authority. One block over, thousands of building professionals and vendors filled the Moscone East Center to see the latest in home improvement and building materials at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC).

While certainly two distinct audiences, a common theme emerged from both events – how the next frontier of technology will impact our daily lives. While Google went big with wearable devices, PCBC was the stage for a variety of innovative products that meld smart technology with functionality for both new and existing homes.

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CHICAIAGO! AIA 2104 Hits Chicago

For the next stop on the agency’s summer road tour, Kleber & Associates was back in Chicago for the 2014 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention and Expo. This year’s theme was “purpose” — a challenge to industry professionals in attendance to exercise leadership and engage the public for designing a more sustainable world.

With over 450 convention programs and nearly 800 exhibitors, the AIA Convention and Expo featured various eight specialty pavilions with a focus on concrete, stone & tile, composites, lighting, metals, software & technology, wood and sustainable energy.  At the center of the Convention and Expo was continuing education- a chance for architects to earn as many CEU credits as possible throughout the three day event.

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