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More often than not, exhibit conference rooms are cramped, airless spaces tucked into the nether regions of their respective booths, where only staffers and sneaky corporate-espionage agents dare to tread. Granted, some high-level meetings require the utmost privacy that these closed-off quarters provide. But when concealment and secrecy aren't prime concerns, why not offer your best prospects and VIP customers a little room to breathe — and an expansive place to talk shop. These six conference rooms deliver with designs that offer a literal and figurative breath of fresh air. By Linda Armstrong
  

PHOTO: Padgett and Co. Inc.

A Little Ribbing
Exhibitor: Northrup Grumman Corp.
Show: Association for Unmanned Vehicle
Systems International's Unmanned Systems
Design: Bowman Design Group,
Signal Hill, CA, 562-494-3400, www.bowmandesigngroup.com


This sturdy conference space offers horizontal bars and vertical "ribs" inspired by the ribbed architecture of aircraft and ships, which are key components in the industries served by exhibitor Northrup Grumman Corp.

 

Walls on Wheels
Exhibitor: InterGlobal Exhibits
Show: EXHIBITOR Show
Design: InterGlobal Exhibits, Englewood, CO,
800-557-1227, www.igegroup.com


A few fabric panels on wheels and a small corner of your exhibit space are really all you need to create a quaint conference room. Attached to the exhibit's back wall via a metal arm, the fabric panels easily roll to reposition.

PHOTO: Padgett and Co. Inc.

Clean and Simple
Exhibitor: Andrew Solutions
Show: Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association
Design: Catalyst Exhibits Inc., Crystal Lake, IL,
877-204-6208, www.catalystexhibits.com


Sometimes simple, clean, and chic are the way to go. This industrial beauty for Andrew Solutions comprises mainly aluminum extrusion and Plexiglas panels and features a neutral white and gray color scheme.

 

Underwater Scene
Exhibitor: Oceaneering International Inc.
Show: Offshore Technology Conference
Design: Excalibur Exhibits, Houston,
713-856-8853, www.excaliburexhibits.com


When you offer products for the offshore oil industry, a seemingly underwater conference room is utterly appropriate. The room features upholstered furniture, while blue, Plexiglas walls project a decidedly deep-sea feel.

PHOTO: Lagniappe Studio 

Curve Appeal
Exhibitor: American Eurocopter Corp.
Show: Heli-Expo
Design: Skyline Exhibits, Eagan, MN,
800-328-2725, www.skyline.com


This oversized conference room is the perfect fit for the aircraft aficionados at Heli-Expo. Expansive enough to accommodate 14 people, the central table features a mixture of wood-grain and white laminate.

PHOTO: Terminal Design  

Gallery Space
Exhibitor: Zorlu Holding A.S.
Show: Contemporary Art Fair
Design: Terminal Design, Istanbul
90-216-557-83-84, www.terminaldesign.com.tr


A conference-room/hospitality-space hybrid, this classy environment makes a statement with its dramatic color palette. Red, white, and black are paired with neutral wood tones to create an art-gallery-like room.
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