Conversation: Ate Atema

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...

Our 2019 Lighting Summit

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...

Review: The Formation Series

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... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOwqCnVzHX0 The first real competitor to the Sonos platform, The...

USAI’s Collaboratory in SoHo

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...

New Hire: Bill Ash

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...

Ketra Lighting Explained

Ketra Lighting Explained

Ketra specializes in bringing natural light to indoor spaces. With the ability to generate a wider gamut of color via precision optics, Ketra’s technology allows light to be tailored to every room and its purpose. The result is a more comfortable atmosphere, and...

Review: ClickShare

Review: ClickShare

Our resident Engineer Brandon Carey walks us through the experience of using ClickShare. For any office that has struggled with sharing content, ClickShare is an incredibly handy retrofit solution. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyBjpFboO0I

New Hire: Brittany Sanchez

New Hire: Brittany Sanchez

Brittany Sanchez joins us this February as Office Administrator. Brittany received a degree in English Literature from the University of Central Florida. Since then she has been living in New York building her career, her connections, and staying creative. We're...

Lutron Motorized Shades – Considerations

Lutron Motorized Shades – Considerations

In 2019, Lutron offers two styles of smart roller shades that our clients keep asking for. The key difference is how they are mounted. Standard Roller Shade (Sivoia QS) – Usually mounted out of sight. Palladiom – Mounted proud. The Trouble with Motorized Shades It is...

New Hire: Seth Zucker

New Hire: Seth Zucker

This month we welcome Seth Zucker onto our install team. While earning a BA in music and a minor in Music Technology from The Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, Seth has been immersing himself in live music both on stage and behind the scenes. After earning...

Savant Systems 2019

Savant Systems 2019

Savant is beloved as a smarthome platform for one crucial reason: It is incredibly simple to use. It takes complex tasks across un-connected devices, and brings them into a simple interface with a barely noticeable learning curve. That learning curve is around two...

New Hire: Ben Hostetler

New Hire: Ben Hostetler

This month Ben Hostetler joins the team in our Engineering department. Ben majored in Music Industry Studies (concentration in Recording & Production) at Appalachian State University. What followed was an eclectic career ranging from highs (Emceeing dance...

Video Reviews: Lighting Control

Video Reviews: Lighting Control

You can find stylish, higher-quality alternatives to the standard light switch from a number of niche manufacturers. The three we've chosen are our favorites. They're smart, they're solidly reliable, and they look and feel fantastic. Basalte Based in Belgium, Basalte...

How To: Music Management

How To: Music Management

Access Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, Deezer and SiriusXM all come with access to over 30 million songs. Deezer and Tidal have the largest libraries with over 50 million, but Spotify has far more subscribers in part due to its...

Our 3rd Annual AIA CEU Summit

Our 3rd Annual AIA CEU Summit

Yesterday we were thrilled to have hosted over 100 members of the Architecture & Design community at the Savant Experience Center in Soho for a day of education, entertainment and networking. With courses by Lutron, Savant, Seura, Leon, Sonos and Seura we were...

Explained: Conference Rooms

Explained: Conference Rooms

Displays Size: Take a display's diagonal length and multiply it by two... That's how far away people can comfortably sit from your display. (Less if you're analyzing spreadsheets. An additional display across the room can be used to supplement.) Type: For sizes under...

Voice Control for Home

Voice Control for Home

The four DIY voice platforms trying to permeate the home currently are:     Alexa Benefits: Controls more third-party devices than any other platform, and integrates cleanly with Amazon shopping. It also recognizes different voices and adjusts to the...

Explained: LED Lighting

Explained: LED Lighting

When we sat down with lighting expert Gary Gordon, he pointed out 3 common issues in homes and offices: 1. The wrong quantity of light. 2. The space is over-fixtured. 3. There is too much glare. Here are some important concepts to be aware of before designing your...

Explained: Phone Systems

Explained: Phone Systems

The two main phone system categories in 2018 are: Traditional: A phone system that physically hangs on your wall and routes calls to your desk (usually over traditional copper wires.) Hosted: A system hosted online that routes calls to your desk over your internet...

Our Favorite Productivity Tools

Our Favorite Productivity Tools

Messaging Email is everywhere and therefore a necessity, but for internal communications we highly recommend Slack for its: Organization - Trades the single inbox for a clean menu of topic-based channels and one-on-one conversations. Search - A copy of Outlook or the...

Explained: Cables

Explained: Cables

Category Cable The standard for data, every new version gets better at transmitting more of it with less interference. Manufacturers must abide by these standards so that everything works together. Cat5e: The standard of the early 2000s, and the current cheapest way...

New Hire: Michael Dye

New Hire: Michael Dye

This month we're thrilled to announce the addition of Michael Dye to our team as our new Architect Specialist. Michael has racked up over a decade of experience with Magnolia as a Project Manager, System Designer and Consultation Agent for end users and trade...

Conversation: Reddymade

Conversation: Reddymade

We had the pleasure of chatting with Suchi Reddy of Reddymade Architecture & Design recently. She's a risk-taker in the A&D field, and of particular interest to us was her drive to push new materials and their properties on projects. Her team in SoHo has...

Conference Call Etiquette

Conference Call Etiquette

Find a Quiet Place Be kind to fellow attendees and choose a location with minimal background noise and minimal echo. If you must take a conference call on the go, be prepared for the call to drop out. Use a Computer if Possible Phones compress data...