While it's an easy argument to make that the Interwebs, in its relentless 'efficiency', has advanced the extinction of trade shows, the still-surviving need for human interaction, coupled with the desire to kick the tires of new stuff, assures the existence of such events—at least in the short term. This photo of a 1930s kitchen appliance expo confirms that comfy seating with a sales rep waiting in the wings is still the timeless formula for luring foot-sore customers into an exhibit booth.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.