By all accounts, this year’s NeoCon commercial interiors show was a success, with bigger crowds than last year, more bold designs and innovations, and increased use of cutting edge technologies, all taking place in the newly remodeled Merchandise Mart.The show floors themselves weren’t remodeled, though one of them was missing entirely. The eighth floor, one of the two floors traditionally used for temporary booths, was permanently removed from the show this year to make way for year-round leasing revenue from firms like Allstate. Not only were all of the exhibit booths shifted to the seventh floor—though it’s worth noting that last year only half of the eighth floor was used for the show—but the space was also organized differently. Flooring companies were grouped together in one section of the show floor, with a tight cluster of LVT producers right in the heart of the group. And every LVT exhibitor claimed that they loved it.The Merchandise Mart renovation, a $40 million investment, was mostly in the public space on the first and second floors, including a wide marble staircase connecting the floors that serves as a casual, albeit grand and expansive, space for lounging and ta...