Conversation: Shira Charles

Conversation: Shira Charles

We had the opportunity to connect and chat with Shira Charles of Charles Interior. Shira's recent blog, "Smart Design Within Your Interiors," was truly appreciated, so we reached out to continue the conversation. You can read the full interview below to learn about...

Work from Home Reality Check

Work from Home Reality Check

You're working in your pajamas, chilling with your best pup, and avoiding the morning MTA rush! Sounds ideal, right? Yeah, so when did you realize working from home isn't all it's cracked up to be? Was it two or three months into quarantine? We usually separate work...

Recap: 2019 with Cloud9 Smart

Recap: 2019 with Cloud9 Smart

It was a spectacular year and Cloud9 Smart has seen tremendous growth and success, but most importantly we’ve grown as a team coming together to provide the best possible service.

Review: Extron Room Scheduling 

Review: Extron Room Scheduling 

There are many scheduling methods and software options, but the trick is finding the one that works best for your office. Calendars are great, but when you have multiple daily meetings and few conference rooms there are bound to be conflicts. Extron has created a room...

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...

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

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...

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...

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:...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Our Office Relocation Checklist

Our Office Relocation Checklist

60 - 90 Days Out   Project Manager Assign an internal PM to oversee the entire move. They will need to devote a lot of time and energy to this demanding project. Your PM should schedule a weekly meeting with all parties involved for status updates. Rules and...