The exhibit experience

December 1, 2021

It remains a fact that it’s still too soon to know when life and work will truly get back to normal. An optimistic spring and summer in 2021 turned into an uncertain fall as the COVID-19 pandemic moved into its fourth phase. Nowhere is this more evident than the trade show sector. With the industry …

Hoover Architectural Products blends fabric, metal

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” contains a lot of truth, but there’s also a risk of stagnation if a company doesn’t adapt to changing times. When the global financial crisis erupted in 2008, Matt Carroll knew it was time for his family’s fabric-awning business to stretch its capabilities.  “We had served residential customers …

Decoding standards, regulation and certification

With sustainability increasingly on consumers’ minds, textile end product manufacturers (EPMs) are tasked with ensuring that the eco-friendly claims they make about their products and production processes are valid. This can prove challenging, as can staying on top of industry-changing regulations and standards, especially for EPMs that sell their products globally. But standards-development organizations and …

Paris debuts a ‘grand’ temporary venue

While the Grand Palais, Paris’ historic exhibition hall and museum complex, is closed for a multi-year restoration project, a membrane-wrapped temporary venue installed on the Champ de Mars in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower is taking its place. Designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte of Wilmotte & Associates, the temporary structure dubbed “Grand Palais Ephémère” …

Spotlight on St. Louis Sound

The Missouri History Museum was looking to highlight and promote its upcoming “St. Louis Sound” when it turned to Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc. The St. Louis Sound exhibit, which debuted in August and runs through January, tells the story of the region’s role in popular music. Nearly 200 artifacts are on display from …

Textiles that support energy conservation fill a growing need.

Although many people are not aware of it, textile materials are important components of the energy and sustainability equation. Not long ago, the public, generally, knew little about the textile materials in products such as layered fabric face masks. That all changed as the entire world turned to wearing them in response to the danger …