It was a privilege for your humble editor to get out of the house and attend the ORA Homecoming at the Hangar yesterday at New York’s Intrepid Museum. To my knowledge, this was the first rep show in NYC and I didn’t quite know what to expect.
It was a homerun!
The show was slated from 12:00 to 8:00pm but lasted well past that hour. There was a strong rush from 1 to 3pm, and then it got quiet until 5pm when the show was non-stop. The quality of the attendee struck me the most as there were lots of big name firms as well as independent designers. It harkened to a different era when one or two people worked a booth and demonstrated product to a small group of people and those waves of groups just kept coming and coming, and coming.
Shoshanna Segal, of Luminous Flux, LLC said, “This was the the first Rep show I have been to since COVID and it is great.” She went on to san that Kelvix was a neat company and she was impressed by what she saw in their booth.
Eos Lightmedia is a company that impressed me because I had never heard of their business model. They consider themselves an architectural lighting integrator, and their job is to make sure that the complexity of the design is compatible and correctly installed. They are referred to as the ‘missing’ contractor and when they are brought in by the designer from the beginning, they ensure compatibility of the spec. Many times they are brought in after the problem occurs and their job is to make the incompatible hardware and software compatible.
On my way to the show, I stopped by Comic Con at the Javits Center and hung out briefly with 150,000 fans. There were lines of people, but the lines were efficient and constantly moving. All were masked and all seemed happy to together again.
It’s nice to see the shows coming back!