It's the middle of February as I write this column, but I am still buzzing from Surfaces 2013, held at the end of January in Las Vegas. If you just take a quick glance at the numbers – a 4.3 percent rise in attendance from 2012 – you might think, “Eh, that’s a slight increase at best.” I have two responses to that. First, in this economic climate, even a slight increase is welcome news. Second, if you’re wondering how I could possibly be energized by a small bump in attendance, you probably weren’t at the show.
First, some background. While I have had the privilege of being your FCI editor for a full year now, my history with this company – and this magazine – goes deeper than that. I’ve been part of BNP Media since 2002, including background editorial roles on FCI and sister magazine Floor Trendsfor 10 years before I took this position. So I’ve been to a lot of Surfaces shows.