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Innovations Introduces Their Summer Collection, Elemental

Posted on June 11th, 2021


The Elemental collection takes inspiration from natural elements – bringing moments of mindfulness to our surroundings with calming colors and soft textures. The introduction of eight new wallcoverings along with fresh new colorways of our popular Tahiti and Edo Silk, work to cultivate a sense of tranquility and promote wellness within our interiors. Wallcoverings such as Luna, Oasis and Mantra draw inspiration from stylized grasses, water, and reflective beauty essential in Zen gardens. Embrace the elements of nature to create relaxing spaces that start with walls.


A translucent, airy textile is draped over a metallic paper ground in Oasis. The spaces between intricate layers of double-woven fabric produce pockets of material, creating the illusion of running water. A painted ground beneath peeks through the surface offering moments of stillness and reflection, complete with an elegant color palette.


Fine stripes of cork veneers are pieced together to form a delicate pattern of horizontal pinstripes in Isla. The inherent beauty of this natural cork wallcovering is complemented by an underlayer of metallic foil, in unexpected hues that range from blush pink to electric blue, reflecting eye-catching glimmers of light, day or night.


Alternating vertical strips of sustainable Paulownia wood veneer are arranged to create a subtle chevron pattern. Caprio utilizes a rift cut technique adding multidimensional design for a tailored wallcovering. A sophisticated palette includes soft shades from cream to black.


Mantra plays with light and shadow, forming a pattern that emulates blades of grass. A laser-cutting technique applied to the polyester satin weave reveals a lustrous sheen and undeniable texture. This luxurious and durable textile wallcovering offers added depth with a bold palette ranging from warm neutrals to burgundy and beyond.


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Holly Hunt Introduces Their Ikigai Collection

Posted on June 11th, 2021

Holly Hunt Introduces Their Ikigai Collection


Holly Hunt is pleased to introduce the new Ikigai collection from New Zealand textiles house Mokum. The array is an evolution of Mokum’s ever popular La Primavera collection, adopting many of the same key elements of feminine design, visual optimism and bringing the outdoors in, all with a more Asian aesthetic.  Behind the inspiration is a Japanese concept, a formula for happiness and contentment, “a reason for being, encompassing joy, a sense of purpose and a feeling of well-being.” Within the Ikigai assortment is a gorgeous drapery and wallpaper pattern called Mizu Garden (pictured here).  This is Mokum’s first foray into designing a panel print and required a more bespoke approach than usual with the studio having to abandon their traditional textile and wallpaper repeat systems, and instead focus on a larger continuous artwork.  Elegant Cranes were chosen as the focal point for the landscape, which in Asian culture are a symbol of luck and longevity. Available now at Holly Hunt, Suites 503/605.


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Élitis Fabric Collections: Escale

Posted on June 10th, 2021


In a daydream, hit the road and follow the lifelines of a territory … More in love with travel and freedom than ever, this collection flees gloom for a vibrant stopover in sub-Saharan Africa. Lively, invigorating, its geometric patterns are precious moving landmarks on fabric: traversing topographic lines, aligning singular encounters. With their tonic accents and their arty spirit, they retrace the trail of nomadic objects, age-old weaves of the Shoowas or Yorubas, tribal sculptures and then converse with street art in Dakar. Sunny strolls, fabulous escapades undulating on our atlas… When color block compositions step aside for insolently textured embroideries, they share the same ground: the ancestral fibers of linen, wool, cotton and jute. While their warm tones of fire and earth are close to the natural elements, they radiate vibrations of emerald, intense blue, saffron and orange blossom.


With 9 large emblematic designs, this collection revisits fabrics from several African regions while giving a voice to embroidery and weaving: the eclecticism of the techniques and the stitches used contrasts with the simplicity of the geometric patterns, also obtained through printing. Throughout the creations, we also encounter weaves, weave effects reminiscent of raffia braiding, several effects of scale, and carefully thought-out finishes (tumbler, airsoft …). And, with an ever-present homage to handicraft which permeates throughout all the 2021 collections.



“Behind the Scenes” of Wired Custom Lighting.

Posted on June 9th, 2021

Wired Custom Lighting takes you behind the scenes to see the processes that result in their exceptional custom lighting products.

Manufacturing pieces of art from Los Angeles to the world.


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KingsHaven’s DDB Virtual Market Day Event

Posted on June 9th, 2021

KingsHaven: Lauren Wylonis and Andrew Raemsch


A New Way to Look at Lighting.

Join KingsHaven founder and lead designer, Lauren Wylonis, and national sales director and showroom manager, Andrew Raemsch, for a virtual showroom tour via Zoom at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16, during the Decoration & Design Building’s Virtual Market Day.

KingsHaven showroom in the D&D Building


Attendees will experience “A New Way to Look at Lighting,” as Lauren and Andrew shed light on new and popular KingsHaven light fixtures, offer insight into the company’s creative and innovative lighting customization capabilities, and answer questions from the audience about challenging lighting needs for residential and commercial settings.

Pre-register for the event by emailing araemsch@KingsHavendd.com by June 15, 2021. Place “Sign me up to attend KingsHaven’s Virtual Market Day event” in your email’s subject line, and include your full name, business name, phone number, and email address in the body of the email. You will receive an email with the “join” link prior to the event.

At the end of the event, Lauren will announce 5 random winners who will receive complimentary copies of her new design book, “At Home with KingsHaven: Estates, Interiors, Landscapes.” The winners will be selected from those who pre-register, so email KingsHaven today. Learn more: www.KingsHaven.com.





Discover the recently launched Royal sconces from Saint-Louis.

Posted on June 8th, 2021

Discover the recently launched Royal sconces from Saint-Louis.


Inspired from our timeless chandelier collection, the spherical forms and the diamond-cut stones are the hallmark of this range. Different metal and color options are available, making these lighting suited to any interior style. The fixtures are also certified for damp & humid spaces (IP44 certification).


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Crestron: Top Five Residential Automation Trends

Posted on June 7th, 2021

Crestron - Top Five Residential Automation Trends

Author: Sonia Hernandez, Design Showroom Manager


In an everchanging world run by technology, the key to staying relevant is adapting to market conditions. According to ReportLinker, the residential automation system market is expected to grow significantly by 2025.

“The home automation system market is expected to grow from USD 40.8 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 63.2 billion by 2025; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.1% during the forecast period.”

–  ReportLinker, Smart Home Market Trends Report, Published Nov. 2020

One of the factors contributing to this demand is the generation that grew up with technology at their fingertips, the Millennials. Millennials seek convenience and efficiency, which smart home technology provides. As this generation begins buying homes, we expect that smart home technology will be a desirable, and practically necessary, feature. Below are five residential automation trends that are expected to stay as this generation gains purchasing power and embraces the changes that the pandemic has brought to their home and work lives.


Home Office

Working from home will remain an option for most people. In fact, some of the world’s largest companies have announced they plan to keep remote work as a long-term business strategy. Having said that, homeowners are more than ever strategizing for a home office space. Architects and developers are designing homes with more home office space and more flexible spaces to accommodate working and learning from home. While many are designing new build homes with this in mind, others are not holding back from retrofitting their homes to include designated spaces for remote learning and work.

Crestron’s experience in enterprise audio video equips us with the ability to bring a professional-quality solution to any room in the home. Whether it’s a stand-alone solution or part of a custom design, every solution is easy to integrate and easy to use. To learn more about our Home Conferencing solutions, please visit us here.


Video Conferencing in Living Rooms

There is no looking back. The virtual world is the new normal and it is here for the long run. According to 6Connex, a leading provider of virtual events, their business skyrocketed by 1,000%. Virtual baby showers, birthday parties, happy hours, family game nights, and so much more, have become a convenient option for many, including Millennials. To help put this shift in perspective, Zoom’s total revenue for FY2021, was up 326% year-over-year.

Last summer, we introduced our new video conferencing solution, Crestron HomeTime™, which offers professional conferencing from the comfort of your couch. Crestron HomeTime seamlessly integrates with our Crestron smart home ecosystem and it is a great alternative to hovering over a small laptop screen all day. You can see people easier on your living room’s A/V system, and the experience is far better than using the camera, speakers, and mic built into the laptop or tablet. The audio easily enables natural conversation, as you don’t cut out and you can clearly hear everyone.

To see our HomeTime solution in action, please schedule a virtual tour at any of our showroom locations here.

Source(s): 6Connex, GlobeNewswire


Touchless Technology

Even before the pandemic, the world was moving towards touchless technology. It is evident that, now more than ever, better hygiene is an all-around expectation. Hence, a call-to-action for touchless solutions, especially in multifamily housing.

Vice President of Development, Michael Procopio, of The Procopio Companies, recently shared his thoughts regarding the evolution of multifamily housing amenities, “While at one time, smart homes were perceived to require extensive wiring, many screens, complex controls and the valid fears of rapid obsolescence, residents can now control the entire multifamily experience from the palm of their hand. From video entry systems and security, mobile and biometric access controls to lighting and heat controls to smart-enabled speaker systems and package tracking, renters can have confidence that the technology will scale and can keep up with the times.”

To support this evolution, Crestron designs and creates an array of products that supports touchless technology. This includes occupancy sensors, door sensors, temperature sensors, humidity sensors, and the Crestron Home app, which delivers the intuitive control experience your clients demand, all from the palms of their hands.

Source: REBusinessOnline


Voice Control

People are relying on smart speakers for more than listening to their favorite playlist. In today’s world, you can ask Alexa for the time, the weather, the news, and so much more. In a recent Forbes article, Marc Fisher, CEO and Co-Founder of Dogtown Media, shared his thoughts about the future of voice technology.

“Soon, our interactions with technology will involve less typing and button-clicking and more natural forms of expression, like speaking. Voice-activated tech will be found everywhere.”

– Forbes, Marc Fischer, CEO of Dogtown Media LLC, Published April 2020

At Crestron, our goal is to continue improving the voice technology experience. Our voice control is designed to be conversational and can understand complex commands, such as “turn off the lights in the kitchen, turn on the TV in the living room, and lock the doors.” To accomplish a seamless integration with other innovative technology leaders, and our Crestron ecosystem, we have formed strategic partnerships with industry leaders such as Josh.ai and Amazon Voice Service. For a closer look at this seamless voice integration, please schedule an in-person (or virtual) tour at one of our design showroom locations here.


Health and Wellness

Last but certainly not least, a residential home automation trend that is here to stay is health and wellness. Before the pandemic, health and wellness was already at the forefront of people’s minds. Customers and end-users alike are becoming more educated and aware of products and services that support and promote their wellbeing.

In response to the demand for wellness during the pandemic, Crestron collaborated with Delos, a global wellness pioneer based in New York. Through this collaboration, Crestron and Delos will provide “…a seamless experience that transforms the home space through intelligent scenes designed to help support immune health and reduce the transmission of airborne illnesses.” This means, our Crestron ecosystem natively integrates with the Delos DARWIN™ Home Wellness Intelligence Network to control lighting, shades, HVAC, and audio within the DARWIN platform. Additionally, DARWIN will provide critical information regarding air quality to display on a Crestron touchscreen or mobile device. If it detects a particular air quality event, DARWIN will communicate to the Crestron thermostat with visual and sonic alerts to trigger fan speed remediation to help move air through the system.

Source: Delos


The most important thing you could do as the residential automation market grows is adapt to the changes. There are many ways to stay on top of market trends and changes, but a few include:

Networking with technology experts.

Connecting with design-build professionals.

Attending relevant industry events.

Taking continuous learning courses.

As the leader in smart home control systems, we are listening closely to the needs of our technology partners, design-build community, and end-users. We are excited for what is to come in the next five or ten years at Crestron. In the meantime, if you would like to see the aforementioned residential automation trends in action, please schedule a showroom tour at any of our design showroom locations here. We are open by appointment only, whether in-person, or virtual, and we would be happy to accommodate you!



Dedon MU Outdoor Modular Lounge System

Posted on June 4th, 2021

Dedon MU Outdoor Modular Lounge System


Created for contemporary lifestyles, MU by Toan Nguyen for DEDON is a modular lounge system of understated elegance and exceptional versatility. Easily adapted to any living space, it combines the comfort and durability only DEDON can provide. In addition to the classic, dark Vulcano, MU is now available in the cool, light gray of Accona.


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Sutherland Furniture Spring 2021 Otti Modular Collection

Posted on June 4th, 2021

Sutherland Furniture Spring 2021 Otti Modular Collection


Sutherland Furniture is proud to expand Vincent Van Duysen’s sophomore collection, Otti. The Otti collection features intuitive pieces with slender aluminum frames and woven components that reference the collection’s namesake, Otti Berger.


The 2019 collection marked the first time Sutherland used Perennials rope – made with 100% solution-dyed acrylic fibers – for the woven details. The Spring 2021 additions provide many modular pieces, allowing for clients to fully customize seating arrangements. The new pieces also feature uber comfortable deep seat, excellent for lounging.



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