Samsung: 15 Minutes With…

Cloud9 Smart is one of the premium technology design firms in New York City, with a long history in both the commercial and residential sectors. Their prolific team is dedicated to perfection and incorporate unique processes for fulfilling client expectations.

We sat down with Chris Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Cloud9 Smart to discuss the company’s philosophy and vision as it relates to their design ethos. We discussed the value proposition for specifying Samsung products and zeroed in on how they position the Frame TV as it relates to the design community.

Samsung Connections: Chris, thanks for talking with us and sharing some of your experiences partnering with Samsung. Before we dive into our discussion, can you give our readers some background on Cloud9 Smart and how your team has built such a powerhouse technology design firm.

Chris Smith: Thanks for including Cloud9 Smart in your initiative and taking the time to interview me! Our history dates back to 2001 when we began as a cable company for small to medium size businesses doing cabling infrastructure. We specialized in analogue telecom for voice, and then data. Our natural progression led us into the digital world, with the advent of voice-over-IP and the general move away from analogue infrastructure. With advances in telecom we migrated to conference room technologies and computer networking, including remote system management services.


Conversation: Ate Atema

We recently had the opportunity to collaborate with Ate Atema on a project for a unique non-profit organization in Chelsea. His work is absolutely inspiring and it was a pleasure having him stop by to discuss the project. Some of our favorite features from the project included the Savant app, Extron meeting scheduler, Sonance speakers and amplifiers.

The Savant Systems Control

Savant systems was a key player in this project, allowing the organization to quickly call up various “scenes” in preparation for conference calls, screen collaborations, etc. As you watch the recap you will notice the space has an abundance of nature implemented within the design. Meticulous control over light and climate was important to maintaining environmental health. The Savant app allows for this with granular control and ease.


We utilize the Extron meeting scheduler in our own office, finding it to be the most efficient way to transition between meetings and rooms. Considering the number of meeting spaces and the fluid/collaborative culture of the business, Extron seemed like a natural fit. With just a few taps on the panel they are able to choose a space, time, check availability, and schedule their meeting on the fly.


Sonance is one of our go-to suppliers for audio. For this project we installed amplifiers and the Sonance 4″ Pendant Speakers. Eight pendant speakers were installed in each boardroom and six in the conference room, providing high-quality sound within the entire space.

Our 2019 Lighting Summit

We had a great turn out for the 2019 Lighting Summit at the Savant Experience Center! We’d like to thank the Architects and design professionals who attended throughout the day. Many of the attendees were able to earn up to five AIA learning units, mingle with their peers in between sessions, and enjoy the amazing food provided by Krisp Events. We would also like to thank the presenters from Savant, Lutron, LumaStream, USAI Lighting, and Ketra whose courses received tons of positive feedback. We hope to see some familiar faces at next year’s Summit!

Review: The Formation Series

Last week we got our hands on the brand new Bowers & Wilkins Formation Series, and have not been this thrilled over innovation in the audio space for a long time…

The first real competitor to the Sonos platform, The Bowers & Wilkins Formation Series wins in some key areas:


The material sciences behind Bowers & Wilkins’ noise reduction, combined with a higher fidelity streaming rate and superior digital-to-analog conversion, create the cleanest and clearest sound we’ve ever heard in a wireless speaker.


With more antennas and Bowers & Wilkins’ own proprietary mesh network, the delay between speakers is down to an indistinguishable one microsecond. Stereo imaging sounds flawlessly accurate, while multiple rooms can be linked without feeling that one room is slightly behind the other (a common complaint with Sonos.)


The Formation Duo and Bass look and feel like pieces of fine furniture on display. The shape and patterns in the Bar and Wedge make them stand out boldly. These speakers are recognizably Bowers & Wilkins, but the design swings they took here give a very unique, ultra-modern aesthetic.

USAI’s Collaboratory in SoHo

We paid a visit to one of the leaders in smart lighting. USAI gave us a look at their architectural lighting showroom and collaboration. There we discussed the state of LED lighting, as well as the advantage of USAI’s inside-out design approach.

Find USAI at our Lighting Summit presenting their course, Light and Wellness: Design Ramifications of Circadian Lighting in the Built Environment.

New Hire: Bill Ash

Bill Ash joined us in March as Accounting Specialist. Bill comes to Cloud9 from Midwestern State University in Texas, where he recently graduated with a major in Accounting and Finance.  As the former captain of the MSU cycling team you can now find Bill cycling around New York City.

We’re ecstatic to have found such as great addition to the team, and with his past experience in a startup environment we fully expect him to thrive.