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TV Technology Downsizes for the Better

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TV Technology Downsizes for the Better

When it comes to TVs, bigger is not always better. Today, they are lighter, thinner and cheaper than ever before. New sleek, flat-screen TVs have allowed designers to move TVs out of bulky cupboards or wall units and integrate them into non-traditional areas. This flexibility allows suppliers an unprecedented level of intricacy in how their products are integrated into guest rooms. Luxury TV designer Séura is making waves with their new line of slim LCD TV mirrors that add a twist to traditional bathroom design. With the press of a button, a Séura screen will appear in a mirror, and totally disappear when turned off. This vanishing effect is notable because it allows a guest the freedom to use the technology without affecting overall guest room design. “TV mirrors are a creative way to provide access to media without compromising the design of a space,” says Gretchen Gilberson, co-founder and vice president of Séura. “They allow you to preserve the original design intent of the room as opposed to sacrificing aesthetic appeal to accommodate distracting electronics. Ambiance, after all, is as important as the most sought-after electronic gizmo.” TV mirrors also allow designers to implement complex styling at will; mirror glass can be etched or illuminated to add an artful impression to any mirror and, when combined with a vanishing TV, can create a totally unique image. TV Technology Downsizes for the BetterAt The Chatwal in New York, Séura vanishing TVs were integrated into every guest room bathroom to accentuate the hotel’s high-tech renovation. Going Three-Dimensional When it comes to making an unforgettable impact on guests, 3D HDTV is the new frontier for the hospitality industry. LG’s new commercial passive 3D HDTV uses polarized lenses to create a theater-quality 3D effect for viewers without the heavy, expensive glasses consumers are used to. Purchased in bulk, 3D glasses for LG’s passive 3D HDTV cost about $1 a pair. The TVs are capable of producing crisp 2D HDTV images as well, and have a slim form-factor with low energy-consumption similar to other flat panel LCDs installed in guest rooms. LG’s 3D HDTV is a boon to designers too: it offers next-generation fidelity without requiring more space or energy than most modern TVs. “The good news for designers is that form factors are much more aesthetically pleasing and functionally much more helpful,” says Richard Lewis, senior vice president of Research and Technology at Zenith Electronics. LG has also released more traditional flatscreen LCD TVs with their proprietary Pro: Centric technology, which allows hotels to push content to guests and enables guests to run applications on their in-room TV without any bulky additional boxes and components. “The transition from analog to digital has opened up the opportunity to bring computing power into the TV,” says Lewis of the Pro:Centric system’s capability to run applications. Global content providers such as LodgeNet and Acentic have already signed on to support Pro:Centric, and the TVs can run content designed in Java and Flash. “It’s become a worldwide platform,” says Lewis. “If you’re a large multinational brand, you can have consistency of experience across the world.”

Andrew Sheivachman

Hotel Design, December 2010


Electric Mirror, LLC the world leader in Back-Lit Mirrors and Mirror TV technology

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Electric Mirror

Leaving an unforgettable impression on guests, Mirror TVs are the new standard for luxury hotels. The surprising experience and high-tech luxury drive guests to visit again and again. Electric Mirror’s® design team works directly with interior designers and hotel owners to ensure that every Mirror TV not only offers a surprising element of technology to guest baths and spas, but also fully integrates and enhances the overall design concept for a project. Electric Mirror® is the World Leader in Mirror TV Technology™, utilizing 1-inch thick LCD-TVs that are the brightest available. Electric MirrorElectric Mirror’s® designs are unsurpassed in technology and their fashion-forward aesthetic.

MIRROR TV TECHNOLOGY Electric Mirror’s® Mirror TV’s utilize ultra-bright, high-definition LCD-TV technology while maintaining an amazing 1-inch thick profile. Our Mirror TV’s are Energy-Star compliant and registered. On-Screen Display offers language support in Spanish, French and English.

BOE™ Technology Treat your guests to the luxury of a Mirror TV at an entry level pricepoint. Using the brightest mirror possible, BOE technology allows 99% of the LCD-TVs brightness to display when in the on position. Electric MirrorWhen turned off, the TV screen appears as a black screen. AV-Mirror™ Technology The best of both worlds,

AV-Mirror Technology uses the brightest mirror possible while camouflaging the TV screen when in the off position. Appearing as a reflective surface that varies in brightness from the surrounding mirror when turned off, AV Technology allows the ultra-bright LCD-TV to display 99% of its brightness and color when turned on.

V-Mirror™ Technology For the ultimate element of surprise, Mirror TVs utilizing V-Mirror Technology allow the TV screen to completely vanish when turned off. Electric Mirror® uses the brightest LCD-TVs on the market to offer the clearest picture to transmit when turned on. The reflection of V-Mirror is darker than that of AV and BOE technologies.


Comfort, Not Modernity, Is The New Wave

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Percentage wise, hotels split their efforts between room and bathroom approximately 50/50. Today’s designs show that a bathroom can occupy up to almost a third of the space of the entire room. “People want a luxurious bathroom in a hotel room,” says Jan Clausen, principal and owner of Clausen-Chewning interior design. “With hotels you want the bathroom to be a little more grand than what you might have at home.” Among the trends in today’s market, Clausen says that fourand five-fixture bathrooms rank high and that this trend is still a wave of the future. ComfortIncorporating natural light is also at the top of the trend list. Clausen recently completed a project at the Four Seasons Residences in Denver, where she was adamant about capitalizing on natural light. “At the residences, we positioned the bathrooms so that the doors open to the bedroom so you can always look at natural light and capture views of the mountains,” she says. All of the residential bathrooms, whether they are the second or master bathroom, have natural light in them. The aim in the resort world, especially in warmer climates, is to get rid of the division between indoor and outdoor, especially in terms of the bathroom. This includes outdoor showers and other outdoor bathing experiences so that guests can maximize on the natural environment. Clausen has also worked on the bathrooms in the guest rooms at Mandarin Oriental, Miami and One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives. “Cozy” is a term that is sure to be thrown around a lot more with bathroom design. “There is a subtle underlying movement away from the pure modernist idea and back to historical elements executed in a modern way,” says Colum McCartan, principal of design firm McCartan. Big, open showers are on their way out, as they can often create a colder environment, however trendy they may look. “I have a feeling we’ll be putting doors back on showers very soon.” Clausen agrees that this cozy model has been catching on for the last couple of years. Comfort“Especially in light of the economic downturn,” she says, “people want to feel cozier.” The move away from the futuristic bathroom model translates to the fixtures, as well. “A lot of modern fixtures are so cleanline and pure than on first usage guests are a little unsure as to what lever does what. I anticipate a move back to a literal explanation as to the way things are designed,” says McCartan. Todd Weber, director of product public relations for Kohler Co., says that some of the most popular items ordered from Kohler are contemporary-styled products such as the single-lever faucets, toilets and sinks. Green design is a constant trend. “Many hotel chains are choosing shower receptors constructed of cast iron because of the material’s durability, and these products are constructed from 93 percent recycled and reclaimed materials,” says Weber. Kohler fixtures can be found in many top hotel chains including Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis.

Meagan Drillinger

Hotel Design, October 2010


Redefining the high-end hotel market for today

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Deluxe guestroom at the peninsula shanghai

It should come as no surprise. The definition of luxury has changed, thanks to the economy, changing guest expectations, and new travelers. Gold leaf and crystal chandeliers have been replaced with local materials and modern touches, and grandiose gestures have been substituted for personalized service. And it’s not changing back anytime soon. For more insight, we went straight to the experts, asking four veterans from four luxury hotel companies a series of questions surrounding this changing segment. They discuss customizing guests’ experiences, expansion plans, and keeping Gen X and Y travelers entertained.

HD: In today’s market, how would you define luxury? How has it changed since you started in the business?

Redefining the high-end hotel market for todayHorst Schulze, CEO, Capella Hotels and Resorts: In the last 25 years, it has changed dramatically. Up to about 30 years ago, luxury was a huge lobby with glass elevators. Luxury has evolved into individuality. We started Capella because individuality has become more and more a demand from the top-end traveler. [Former Ritz-Carlton president Schulze launched Capella under his newly formed West Paces Hotel Group in 2005; now the brand has six properties open in Austria, Germany, Mexico, Singapore, and Colorado, with three planned in Japan, Riviera Maya, Mexico, and Ireland.] For them it’s not, ‘I will buy what you offer me,’ it’s ‘I will create what I want.’ The top customer wants a product the way they want it. ‘Don’t tell me check-in time is 1:00. I am coming at 9.’ ‘It’s not on menu, but here is what I want.’ Capella hotels have 100 rooms max, so that we can take care of each individual.

Redefining the high-end hotel market for todayRobert Boulogne, COO, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts: I have spent a lot of time wondering does luxury define what Rosewood is today? I have started taking luxury out of our vocabulary. A lot of hotel companies called themselves luxury, but they are not truly luxury. The word is completely overused and completely generic. I am thinking maybe that is not us anymore. I started defining Rosewood by proposition: sense of place, service, residential nature, intimate unique designs; the idea that we are a collection. I have not found a word that describes us.

Redefining the high-end hotel market for todayPeter Borer, COO, Peninsula Hotels: While the traditional measures of luxury are a given at our hotels—for example Rolls-Royce fleets, sumptuous fabrics, gourmet restaurants—the new luxury of today comprises a major intangible. As our lives become ever more busy and hectic with all the communication and travel that go into a day, time is becoming the ultimate luxury—time to be still, to think, to reflect, to plan, to savor the experience when one travels or just to relax and do nothing.

Redefining the high-end hotel market for todayBill Barrie, senior vice president, design, project management, and technical services, Ritz- Carlton: When I joined the company in 2002, we were at the beginning of a big period of growth for the company. We had turned into one look, which was great for us for many years, but we (and our customers) realized we expectation for what they get for the money is growing. They need to spend money wisely, and when they do splurge they want to get something for it. From an amenity standpoint, we believe they are looking for something more experiential—a great spa, something really focused on children and families. We are offering different ways of engaging our guests so they stay with us, and spend more money.

PB: I believe that our guests want that ‘sense of arrival’ as they come to every Peninsula hotel and to experience the destination in more intimate ways through our partnerships forged with the local community. The estrella suite at capella pedregal in cabo san lucas mexicoAs a company we have not laid off anyone. To provide the level of service our guests expect, we highly invest in the training of our people. Even during these difficult times guests who stay with us expect the same level of attention and service if not more.

HS: Guests want truth versus fancy. Furniture made of local hardwood, rather than something fancy from Italy; a cast iron local chandelier rather than Waterford crystal. A sense of place, something real, something that fits in; it’s first class, but locally made. Not something that’s gimmicky, but real. A customer wants to be connected to the culture.

RB: I have a story from a couple of weeks ago that sums this up. Ritz-carlton kapalua spaA reservationist came in curious; she didn’t know who all these new customers were, all asking for discounts and value adds. I went back and researched and it was the same people calling. Exact same customer [as before], but the world has educated them that everything is on sale. [Before] the rate didn’t matter, ‘Do you have any specials or packages’ never used to be a question. In terms of this idea of decadence and overspending, it seems to have found the way into people’s vocabulary a year ago, but today, it is very hushed. People may be buying and renting villas, but they aren’t telling their neighbors. The library at the rosewood sand hill in silicon valleys menlo parkAll of our clients lost money, but they still have money, that’s not the issue. The question is the mindset—it feels inappropriate or insensitive to friends that have lost jobs.

HD: Gen X and Gen Y are changing the face of travel. How are you adapting?

RB: Rosewood’s clientele is a bit older, but we are still attracting Gen X and Y. We have a number of programs that resonate [with these travelers]. We look at things like technology in our guestrooms. Guests can borrow a Flip [UltraHD] digital camera during their stay, download the videos, and walk away with memories. It’s a fun thing. We always think about what we can do for the younger generation. But people want simplicity. Ritz-carlton reserve in krabi island thailandWe don’t want to make these guestrooms complicated. Some of electronics have gotten complicated—we continually strive to make them simple. We also have a presence on the online social networks.

HS: An exciting new thing is there’s much more family-related vacation travel. Three generations are coming in. In our properties, we are including larger suites—three-bedroom, two-bedroom suites. Even though we are a super luxurious place, a large percent of family travel is Gen X and Y. In many ways, they are more adventurous. They want the sports, tours, activities. They want to connect to the world around them, otherwise they get easily bored. They don’t come like people did 30 years ago to sleep and sit on beach.

PB: We started addressing their needs and preferred manner of communication by revamping our website to make it richer in content and also more interactive. The constellation suite at capella singapore a sentosa island hotelWe have launched our online communications through various e-marketing processes and even online gifts and gift certificates purchase. Just recently we launched My Peninsula, the creation of our guests’ online profiles so we can manage their expectations and needs. As far as design is concerned, we are upgrading the technology features in our guestrooms across all our hotels to mirror the communication and entertainment needs of our discerning travelers. We like to provide a comfortable luxurious space in our guestrooms with discreet technology.

BB: Aside from having hotels in the right locations, for the new generation of traveler, that’s multi-national, cultural, and lingual, you have to figure out how to communicate. We are looking at social media. Simon Cooper [president and COO] is now on Twitter, which is a major factor for us. We try to tailor ourselves to their needs but have other guests as well—it’s the question of doing it all and making everyone happy.

HD: Even in this tough economy, each of your brands is expanding. Can you tell us how and where?

BB: [We recently launched] the Ritz-Carlton Reserve, which is a brand extension. Dramatic concierge desk at the newly opened rosewood sand hillThe first one will be Phulay Bay in Thailand. The concept is how do we create another experience— one that’s a get-away destination that’s almost difficult to get to, and you can be as alone or as connected as you want to be, with a greater level of individualized service and casual luxury. We have several properties currently under construction. They tend to be in tough-to-getto places, like the Maldives where you get there by seaplane. [For Ritz-Carlton,] nowhere is off limits. Under construction are Shanghai, Hong Kong, Dubai [existing property expansion], and Bangalore. Internationally we are very focused on Asia, gateway cities are interesting to us. Thailand and Vietnam are showing promise, and the Middle East with new developments in Egypt and possibility Sultan. We will open two LEED properties this year. Charlotte [will be a] LEED Gold property, and Lake Tahoe will open toward the end of the year. PB: We are opening the Peninsula Shanghai in late 2009. We will open Paris in 2012. Located in a magnificent historic building, formerly the Hotel Majestic on Avenue Kleber, just off the Arc de Triomphe on the prestigious Champs Elysees, it will mark our arrival in Europe.

RB: We are looking to open San Miguel outside of Mexico City in 2010. A dressing room at the peninsula shanghai and the royal villa bedroom at phulay bayRosewood Abu Dhabi 2012. Rosewood Dubai opening in 2011. For four or five other projects, it’s a little early to talk about. We have lost three projects, and three or four are on hold that are the traditional residential/hotel model—today, no one is getting financing for that model. In this environment, there are more opportunities for conversions. We have already been getting calls for those. [In terms of our new brand Sense spa] we just opened one at Sand Hill. We will open Jumby Bay in December. What was happening in the spa world, which was not very different than the restaurant world, was that when we were speaking to developers they kept asking what our spa concept was—we are going to open a spa, hire a great spa manager. They needed more than that; needed a concept. So we decided to create our own concept that had a brand. We have 10 more in development. HS: We [just] opened Cabo—Mexico offers anything a vacationer can dream about. Japan [opening in 2011 in ski town Niseko] is a hugely important market. The architect is Tadao Ando—the most respected in the country, and the country is excited he is doing a hotel. It’s tough, we had to make adjustments like everyone else, but I’m surprised everyone is so shocked about the economy. Did we really think that the peak for eight or so years would last forever? Ninety percent of Americans are still working. We will do our best and everyone will come out of it. hd;;;

By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

hospitalitydesign 08/2009


DEDON - exclusive outdoor furniture

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DEDON - exclusive outdoor furniture

A manufacturer of exclusive outdoor furniture, DEDON is one of the world’s leading providers in the industry, and the company has received numerous international design awards. The company, which was founded in 1990 by the former professional soccer player Bobby Dekeyser, revolutionized the outdoor furniture market with its designs within a few years. With over 3,000 employees, DEDON is now represented in more than 80 countries and opened DEDON showrooms in Barcelona,Paris, Hong Kong, Vienna, Hamburg, Milan, Antwerp, Monaco, Athens and,as of November 2009, in Limassol. DEDON - exclusive outdoor furnitureDEDON is placed in the best and most upscale hotels all over the world – from such exotic places as the Fiji Islands to major cities like New York and Hong Kong, in restaurants, hotels, spas and on cruise ships – anywhere in the world DEDON provides guests with the sense of being at home. The most renowned hotels in the world use the unique products from DEDON to create an exquisite atmosphere, a special kind of comfort – a branded guarantee of relaxation and design. DEDON represents distinct design, an unique style and fi rst-rate quality. The multiple uses of DEDON have made its name world-famous.



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BCM Architectural of Mount Vernon, New York manufactures ShimmerScreen for window treatments, wall treatments, space dividers, architectural accents, lighting fixtures, stage backdrops, exhibition displays, and more. ShimmerScreen empowers you with a wide variety of styles, textures, shapes, sizes and colors to match your inspiration. ShimmerScreenYou can use it to highlight unique shapes and contours, and combine it with special lighting to create the novel visual effects you desire. ShimmerScreen is so versatile that it can divide space without introducing the feel of barriers or obstructions and set apart private areas while providing air and light to the enclosed space.

Many of today's innovative architects and designers are using ShimmerScreen to add elegance and mood to restaurants, nightclubs, casinos, spas, offices, retail stores, hotels, and more. ShimmerScreenNumerous high profile businesses all over the world such as Ann Taylor, Hugo Boss, Nokia, Reebok, the Borgata, the Copacabana, and the W Hotel, just to name a few, have created stunning displays with our products. ShimmerScreen has also been featured on Extreme Makeover Home Edition and TLC's While You Were Out as a product that interior designers utilize when they want to add a stunning visual element to their designs.

Residential, commercial, small or large, our design team stands ready to review plans, recommend styles and finishes, or customize a solution that's right for every customer's vision. ShimmerScreenWe are committed to evolving the applications for our products by working with the design community and anyone with a fresh idea for its use. Quality, service and experience are yours for the asking.



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modularArts® InterlockingRock® is a collection of innovative products that work in multiples to create seamless, and graceful architectural features. All edges and joints interlock for quick, accurate alignment, and superior joint stability. Cast with non-combustible mineral, you can breathe easy! —our products are durable, safe and healthy. Repeating modules (PANELS, TILES, and BLOCKS) accommodate areas of any size and can be easily trimmed on-site. Low VOC installation kits ensure the use of responsible, tested materials. ModularArtsComponents are designed for less crating waste, superior fire safety, indoor air quality, and ease of handling and installation. modularArts® is dedicated to the manufacture of smart products. We eagerly apply the newest technologies in our design processes, and throughout our super-efficient U.S. manufacturing facility. We design, engineer, and manufacture technically advanced products with an ancient, tried and true building material —durable, fire-safe rock.

modularArts® InterlockingRock® Panels are dimensional panels that work in multiples to create a continuous, uninterrupted sculptural wall. ModularArtsThe proprietary, steel-reinforced joints interlock to ensure accurate panel-to-panel alignment and superior joint stability. Cast entirely of mineral, they're durable, safe and healthy.

And you can breathe easy, because they contain no plastics, no VOC's, and no urea-formaldehyde. Repeating panels accommodate areas of any size and can be easily trimmed on-site. Low VOC installation kits ensure the use of responsible, tested installation materials. Panel size (32" by 32") is designed for less waste in off-cuts, easier handling, less costly shipping, and less crating waste.

Architects and Designers have specified well over a million square feet of our large-scale commercial panels in hotel lobbies, commercial offices, and nightclubs around the world. ModularArtsThey've often inquired about whether we have a smaller product that would be more suitable for less expansive areas—and we've been listening! Our new small-scale tiles are designed for tighter areas and more intimate spaces. Where our large-scale panels might be too unwieldy to install, or too large in scale, our new tiles offer the ideal solution! Residential feature walls, back-splashes, hotel room accents—where the viewer is in closer proximity to the product—are all inviting applications for this elegant, durable, and fire-safe product. In addition, the tiles come in handy boxes of six (rather than large crates) and are easily shipped by standard parcel carriers.

Introducing BuildingBloks™ —another new-to-the-world product by modularArts®. Stacked along with standard steel studs at 24" centers, they create fully dimensional, double-sided, rock walls. ModularArtsOur proprietary InterlockingRock® feature precisely aligns all sides for super fast installation. And as with all our products, you can breathe easy —blocks are composed of cast rock with a lightweight soy-based core, for healthy, fire-safe walls. [*A modularArts module is like a genome. We carefully encode an elegance that's revealed in the greater whole of joined panels, tiles, or blocks. In each module, we embed a larger perspective. This ensures that the wall becomes greater than the sum of its parts.]


Exceptional Service Driven by Design

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Exceptional Service Driven by Design

We all know Paris as "The City of Lights," but we'd all agree we have our own illumination capital right here in the States: Las Vegas. Outdoor lighting displays are everywhere, one bigger than the next, one brighter than the next. But all competing for our attention as we walk the Strip, awestruck and sometimes overwhelmed, beckoning us to enter the casino, resort or hotel.

And then you step inside. Wynn Las Vegas, Encore, Bellagio, MGM Grand, The Mirage, Venetian/Palazzo, M Resort. You're immediately dazzled by the interior, the attention to detail and finely appointed decor. What pulls it all together, the crowning touch, is often the decorative lighting fixtures that grace these voluminous spaces and lend elegance, character and panache to each environment. It's this inspired and intricate design element that complements—and enhances—the scheme and captures the essence of the space.

For decades, two names, with careers both launched by Steve Wynn, have been synonymous with creating the interior lighting magic of Las Vegas: Alger International and Triton Chandelier, major players in hospitality and gaming, respectively. From the hotel lobby to the casino floor, the companies, independently, have led the industries. Exceptional Service Driven by DesignWhile Triton's history is built primarily on the local Vegas market and Alger International's on a broader, national base, both present a robust portfolio of clients including Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, St. Regis and Westin to name a few. And while Triton's success is most notably grounded in service, and Alger is highly regarded for design innovation and material selection, it's what these two companies have in common that sets them apart from, and way ahead of, the competition. Each brings with it a solid history of experience. Each a successful business model and strong design philosophy. Each a name established by quality, craftsmanship, skill. And each, unparalleled leadership. Bring them together, and you've got a powerhouse.

Introducing Alger-Triton International. This new partnership draws on the strengths of both brands to create a custom decorative lighting manufacturer offering exceptional service driven by design.

Hallmarks of both Alger and Triton, commitment to quality, passion and creativity, are evident in each fixture designed and delivered by Alger-Triton. Exceptional Service Driven by DesignWith exceptional creative interpretation, incomparable attention to detail and an eye for visual appeal, the company's lighting solutions will create a unique experience, lasting impression and inspiring aesthetic for a variety and diversity of venues. If you can imagine it, they can create it—to your exact specifications—turning concepts into reality as the artistic vision is realized. Finding and incorporating new materials into the creative process is essential to the art of decorative lighting, and Alger-Triton prides itself on bringing a unique assortment to each and every project for true, one-of-a-kind results.

But this attention to detail is equally matched by the attention Alger-Triton provides its clients. Incomparable service means that Alger-Triton will create fixtures that will not only exceed your expectations; they'll be delivered on time and with the utmost integrity. This focus on customer service is no surprise considering the emphasis that Alger-Triton places on people... its people. Exceptional Service Driven by DesignHuman resources and human touch are paramount to the company's ethic and will prove a cornerstone for its future success. And that success starts at the top. Fully invested in the daily operations of the business, the executive team is unmatched in the industry with experienced, involved principles leading Alger-Triton, managing each project from consultation to installation: Clark Scott, president; Mishel Michael, principal; and Rick Cooley, principal. Growing their businesses at both Alger International and Triton Chandelier, respectively, to capture the hospitality and gaming markets, they are now poised to lead nationally and grow internationally as they look to expand Alger-Triton on a global platform. In addition to the executive team, Alger-Triton 's project management team, a combination of seasoned veterans from both companies, provides a unique advantage, underscoring Alger-Triton's commitment to providing an optimal experience, concept to completion. From the executives to management to field reps to onsite supervision, each project is strategized, executed and finalized with confidence and personal care.

But it's not only the combined—and compatible—philosophies and experience that makes Alger-Triton cutting-edge, it's the combined resources, making this Culver City, CA-based company the lighting resource for custom decorative illumination needs. Enhanced equipment and manufacturing methods, larger and more experienced fabrication and production teams, doubled design library archives and fixture molds, a shared and expanded manufacturing facility, an augmented database of clients and an upsurge in inventory come together to create a company with phenomenal procurement strength and unlimited capabilities.

Not to mention relationships. The substantial brand/client relationships that Scott, Michael and Cooley have formed, built and maintained over their years of dedication to the lighting industry are remarkable; a powerful triumvirate with a roster of contacts. Exceptional Service Driven by DesignAnd it's these relationships, combined with the executives' experience, hands-on approach and customer-first attitude, which will grow and support the company's plans for increasing its international portfolio. But Alger-Triton's plans to grow reach beyond the core brand to the expansion of sister brand, Wired, which specializes in high-end residential chandeliers and wall sconces.

With gallery-inspired showrooms currently on the West and East Coasts, in the South and in London, Wired will be moving into Russia and the Middle East. Furthermore, fixtures designed formerly for Triton Chandelier, will be introduced into the line to offer more options and versatility as Wired continues to explore the synergy between the residential and hospitality markets in terms of design.

Alger-Triton's mission of "exceptional service driven by design," draws from the companies' pasts as leaders in both delivery and creativity; informs the partnership's present as it solidifies a foundation based on customer loyalty and creative excellence; and inspires the future as performance and execution motivate the company's approach to its niche business.

Look for information and offerings from Alger-Triton in its soon-to-be released catalog, its upcoming website at and in selected design publications.

ALGER-TRITON INTERNATIONAL 8690 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 310-229-9500


Fabricut Contract - premier textile company for the hospitality industry

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Fabricut Contract - premier textile company for the hospitality industry

Fabricut Contract is the premier textile company for the hospitality industry; providing solutions to everyday specifi cations. With rich colors, remarkable styles, eco-friendly fabrics and industry-leading innovations for draperies, bed coverings and upholstery, Fabricut Contract is the resource designers and purchasing agents seek. The launch of Fabricut Contract’s FR-One brand set a standard in the hospitality industry. FR-One fabrics pass and exceed all fi re-retardant safety codes worldwide. All FR-One fabrics are certifi ed by the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, which guarantees that these fabrics are free of carcinogenic and allergenic dyestuffs creating a skin friendly pH. Continuing as an industry innovator, Fabricut Contract has developed attractive, sustainable fabrics through its Environment Plus initiative. Fabrics classifi ed as part of Environment Plus embrace eco-friendly characteristics and are manufactured using environmentally stringent procedures. Fabricut Contract offers a remarkably large selection of fabrics and trimmings through its Fabricut, S. Harris and Vervain hospitality brands. This extensive offering assures fabrics are in style, in code and in budget. With its commitment to quality products and extraordinary service, coupled with a knowledgeable worldwide sales force and in-stock fabrics, Fabricut Contract continues to be the gold standard in textile safety, quality and design.


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