News Article | April 27, 2017
The future of home remodeling is packed into a virtual reality headset. The same devices that have revolutionized the entertainment industry are now being used to provide realistic 3D models of in-home renovations. Equipped with a virtual reality headset, homeowners can preview their newly remodeled home without using a single hammer or nail. Virtual reality has been widely praised as the next big technological revolution, revamping the way that users interact with the digital world. Much of the hype surrounding virtual reality (VR) has been focused on gaming, but more and more businesses are finding clever ways to adapt to this technology to their own industries, like medical students using VR systems for surgical training. In the unlikely world of architecture, virtual reality has found its way into a special niche. VR technology is the perfect tool for modeling 3D structures and buildings during the design phase. For the first time, architects can preview different floorplans, different color schemes, or different interior designs without ever having to break ground on a project. From the comfort of a VR headset, home remodelers and their clients can make advanced design decisions at a fraction of the cost. One Atlanta business is paving the way for VR technology in the industry. As a pioneer in the home remodeling market, Remodeling Expo Center has already used this technology in more than 100 projects. According to John Hogan, President of Remodeling Expo Center, “Virtual reality is the best visual tool for homeowners to preview a particular design. Just a decade ago, this work was largely left to the imagination. Now we can generate a photo-realistic kitchen or basement right before their eyes. This way, homeowners can see exactly what the finished product will look like weeks in advance.” Utilizing this technology is no easy task, though. Unlike most home remodelers, Remodeling Expo Center has an entire team of high-tech software experts, not just handymen. Staffed with advanced CAD designers and VR software developers, the remodeling company of the 21st century is very different than it once was. Adapting to the tech-driven marketplace of the future, the home remodeling industry is generating value and excitement among homeowners across the country – and it’s all starting with virtual reality systems. While other companies have taken similar steps in this direction, Remodeling Expo Center has rapidly developed one of the industry’s most positive reputations in Atlanta and the Southeast. As the company moves into the summer of 2017, the entire company is hoping to expand the use of its virtual reality system. To learn more about Remodeling Expo Center and their innovative VR technology, visit their showroom in Downtown Roswell or visit them online. For remodeling and renovation ideas, the Remodeling Expo Design Center is located at 48 King Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075.
News Article | April 17, 2017
Chelsea Design, Inc. (www.ChelseaDesignMiami.com) announced today that it has been awarded the prestigious 2017 DCOTA Design Stars on the Rise Award. The Stars of Design and on the Rise Awards are presented by DCOTA (Design Center of the Americas); DCOTA is the premier destination for those seeking the finest design showrooms and industry professionals along the East Coast of the United States. Each year DCOTA representatives honor excellence on the world of design. DCOTA, which nominates and selects Stars of Design Winners, is comprised of industry experts, manufacturers and design peers. Chelsea Design, Inc. led by its founders Regina Agro and Samantha McKenna have continually excelled in both residential and commercial design. They have shown fantastic prowess in design/build as well as renovation projects throughout the world. “This award is a testament to the skills, ingenuity, and vision of our team and the support of our industry partners. We are so appreciative and grateful for this recognition from our peers and look forward to many more years of continuing to create beautiful and timeless spaces,” stated Regina Agro. Samantha McKenna and Regina Agro created Chelsea Design in 2006 from a desire to design spaces that would be loved and enjoyed by their clients. They have dedicated their personal time and attention to each and every project to insure their client’s happiness and as a result Chelsea Design, Inc. has become one of the world’s top design firms. “Of course, no two clients have the same lives, tastes or dreams just as no two interiors have the same light, proportions, history or personality. Each and every client is different; and so, too, is each and every building, each and every space. Chelsea Design’s interiors therefore differ markedly from one another. However, they all reflect Samantha and Regina’s personal aesthetic: their predilection for light, air and space; their pursuit of both simplicity and refinement; their emphasis not only on restraint but also on softness; and the importance they attach to materials and to texture,” stated Mr. Cohen of DCOTA. 2017 STARS OF DESIGN AND ON THE RISE AWARDS 2017 Stars of Design and Stars on the Rise Awards. The ceremony spotlighted the best in the various fields of design including interior design, architecture, art, photography, graphic design, landscape design, and a special award for lifetime achievement. These creative professionals were honored for their significant achievements and contributions to their profession and within the Florida community with a special recognition of their talents, ideas, creativity, and business savvy. For 30 years, Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) has served the design community with the finest campus amenities and showrooms in the industry attracting world-class designers, architects, decorators, dealers and their clients. At nearly 800,000 square feet, DCOTA is the largest design campus of its kind. High design is showcased within over 100 premier showroom locations, catering to any home, yacht or office project. Fine indoor and outdoor furniture, fabrics, flooring, lighting, kitchen, bath, antiques, accessories, appliances, window treatments, decorative hardware, paint and surfacing are just some of the resources found within the center. DCOTA is part of the Cohen Design Center quartet with sister locations in Manhattan (D & D Building) in West Hollywood, California (Pacific Design Center), and in Houston, Texas (Decorative Center Houston).
News Article | April 29, 2017
-- DCOTA in Dania Beach Hails Merger ofThe Robert Allen Group and Duralee FabricsTo Create Design Industry Powerhouse(Dania Beach, FL – April 25, 2017) The Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) is hailing the recently announced merger of The Robert Allen Group and Duralee Fabrics Ltd., according to Leia Bosco, DCOTA's Director of Marketing. "The newly joined world renowned companies will now be known as The Robert Allen Duralee Group, or The Rad Group."By combining forces, both companies and their multiple brands are ideally positioned to provide an expanded offering of world-class products and services to the interior design community and commercial customers. Importantly, the existing brand portfolio of both companies will continue to exist, and flourish, within the combined business. The efficiencies created by this merger enable The Robert Allen Duralee Group to design, market and distribute the most comprehensive offerings in the home furnishings industry. The unprecedented merger of two industry-leading companies instantly makes The Rad Group an industry powerhouse.Lee Silberman, long-time Duralee executive, has been named CEO and will lead the combined companies in this next phase of growth and development. The broader management team of the newly formed company will be comprised of senior leaders from both companies, forming a best-in-class executive team with extensive industry experience."We are in an industry that is constantly evolving. By leveraging the rich history and resources of these two design industry leaders, we have created the opportunity to reshape and improve the client experience in luxury home décor. The combined product lines, multiple brands and expanded product categories create one of the most extensive offerings in the market and secure our position as a full service design resource. Our goal is to provide a complete product offering for today's design professional – and to do it with a service level that is the best in in the industry," says Silberman.The Robert Allen Group was owned by investment firm Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont) prior to the combination, with Altamont continuing to serve as a financial partner to The Robert Allen Duralee Group on a go-forward basis."We look forward to supporting the management team in their pursuit of the many exciting growth and innovation opportunities this merger presents," says Steve Brownlie, Managing Director of Altamont.The newly merged company will be headquartered in Hauppauge, New York and will have locations worldwide, including at the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach, FL.About the Robert Allen Group:The Robert Allen Group is one of the world's largest designers of fine fabrics for the interior design trade, and for over 75 years has been recognized as a brand leader in its field. Based in the USA, the company sells its products under the Robert Allen, Beacon Hill, Robert Allen Contract, and Robert Allen @ Home brands and is renowned for the Robert Allen Color Library, widely known as the first fine fabric collection to be designed by color. The Robert Allen Group has showroom locations throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and an extensive worldwide agent showroom network.About Duralee Fabrics, Ltd.:For over 60 years, Duralee has met and exceeded the needs of its customers by providing innovative and high quality home furnishing products. Duralee's offerings are expansive—ranging from fabric and furniture to trim and drapery hardware. Its mission is to provide inspired fabric, furniture and home furnishings in order to bring design concepts to life. From humble beginnings, Duralee has grown to include showrooms throughout the United States, as well as worldwide, servicing more than 60 countries around the globe.About DCOTA:For 30 years, Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) has served the design community with the finest campus amenities and showrooms in the industry attracting world-class designers, architects, decorators, dealers and their clients. At nearly 800,000 square feet, DCOTA is the largest design campus of its kind. High design is showcased within over 100 premier showroom locations, catering to any home, yacht or office project. Fine indoor and outdoor furniture, fabrics, flooring, lighting, kitchen, bath, antiques, accessories, appliances, window treatments, decorative hardware, paint and surfacing are just some of the resources found within the center.DCOTA's prestigious tenant mix includes VERSACE Home at Abitare, AbitareMinotti, Ammon Hickson, Aston Martin Interiors, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Crestron, DEDON, Donghia, Eggersmann Kitchens, Florense, Janus et Cie, Judith Norman Collection, Kravet, Lee Jofa, Poggenpohl, Roberto Cavalli Home, ROMO, The Shade Store, Wired Custom Lighting and more, collectively representing more than a thousand premier manufacturers from around the world. Based in Dania Beach, DCOTA is conveniently located at 1855 Griffin Road in Dania Beach, right off I-95 and just minutes from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. For more information, please visit www.DCOTA.com.DCOTA is part of the Cohen Design Center quartet with sister locations in Manhattan (D & D Building) in West Hollywood, California (Pacific Design Center), and in Houston, Texas (Decorative Center Houston).Media Contact:Gary SchweikhartPR-BS, Inc.email@example.com
News Article | May 23, 2017
Investor Webcast and Business Update Set for Thursday, June 1st, 1 pm ET MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - May 23, 2017) - PEN Inc. ( : PENC) ("PEN" or "the Company"), a global leader in developing, commercializing and marketing consumer and industrial products enabled by nanotechnology, reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2017. For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, PEN recorded double digit sales growth, improved gross margin and delivered its first profitable quarter since 2014. Scott Rickert, PEN's President, Chairman and CEO, said: "We got off to a solid start in 2017, generating healthy revenue growth, profitable operations, positive operating cash flow and a much-improved cash position. "Our financial results for the quarter reflect the hard work we have done to increase our sales, and right-size operations over the last several years, first in Texas and more recently in Ohio. I know many investors wish that both the sales growth and the streamlining could have happened faster, and, as an investor, I agree. As the Chief Executive, however, I know that changes of this magnitude in any organization do not happen overnight. I am truly impressed with how nimble PEN has become, thanks to solid planning and execution by our team members throughout the organization. "Looking forward, we see additional opportunities to refocus operations in Ohio and are moving forward with our plan to rebrand and reintroduce some of our key health and safety products into the market later this year. I am confident in our ability to grow PEN over time." For the three months ended March 31, 2017, total revenues were $2,216,350, up 12% over revenues of $1,979,161 in the comparable period in 2016. For the first quarter of 2017, overall gross profit amounted to $933,317, up 28% from $731,124 for the first quarter of 2016. Gross margin was 42%, compared to 37% in the year ago period. The increase in gross margin was attributable higher gross margin from the Product segment, which was partially offset by lower gross margin from the Contract services segment during the quarter. Operating expenses totaled $863,903 in the first quarter of 2017, down 2% from $879,235 in the first quarter of 2016. The decrease was due to lower salaries, wages and related benefits, research and development expenses and general and administrative expenses, offset by higher professional fees and selling and marketing expenses. Operating income was $69,414 in the first quarter of 2017, compared to an operating loss of $148,111 in the first quarter of 2016. Other income was $24,998 in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $28,176 in the first quarter of 2016. Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2017 amounted to $94,412 or $0.03 per basic and diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $119,935 or ($0.04) per basic and diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2016. Basic and diluted earnings per share were based on 3,034,659 and 2,997,646 weighted average shares outstanding, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016. Sales from PEN's Product segment for the first quarter of 2017 were $1,996,489, up 18% from $1,693,426 for the three months ended March 31, 2016, due to a renewed focus on sales and increased sales of coatings products. Gross margin in the Product segment in the first quarter of 2017 was 48%, compared to 45% in the year ago period, primarily due to differences in the assortment of products sold. Revenues from the Contract services segment for the first quarter of 2017 were $219,861 compared to $285,735 in the first quarter of 2016. Gross margin from the Contract services segment in the first quarter of 2017 was negative 12%, compared to negative 10% in the year ago period. As of March 31, 2017, PEN held cash and cash equivalents of $305,402 as compared to $189,128 at December 31, 2016. As of March 31, 2017, PEN had a working capital deficit of $917,040 compared to a working capital deficit of $1,072,691 at December 31, 2016. During the first quarter of 2017, PEN generated $151,188 in cash flow from operations. As of March 31, 2017, the Company had short-term debt of $1,095,450 compared to $1,070,137 as of December 31, 2016. PEN will host an investor webcast on Thursday, June 1st at 1 pm EDT to discuss first quarter results, provide a business update and take questions from investors. Participants can register 20 minutes prior to the event at: https://services.choruscall.com/links/penc170601.html Questions for the event may be submitted in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. PEN Inc. ( : PENC) is a leader in developing, commercializing, and marketing consumer and industrial products enabled by nanotechnology that solve everyday problems for customers in the health, transportation, military, sports, and safety industries. Through PEN's wholly-owned subsidiary PEN Brands LLC (formerly Nanofilm Ltd.), the Company develops, manufactures and sells products based on nanotechnology including the ULTRA CLARITY® brand eyeglass cleaner, CLARITY DEFOG IT™ brand defogging products and CLARITY ULTRASEAL® nanocoating products for glass and ceramics. The Company also sells an environmentally friendly surface protector, fortifier, and cleaner through a wholly-owned subsidiary, PEN Technology, LLC. The Company's Applied Nanotech, Inc. subsidiary in Austin, Texas functions as the Design Center conducting contract services for government and private customers and new product development for PEN focusing on innovative and advanced product solutions in the areas of safety, health, and sustainability. For more information about PEN, visit www.penc.us. This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning our business, products, and financial results. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted. More information about potential risk factors that could affect our business, products, and financial results are included in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, and in reports subsequently filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). All documents are available through the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval System (EDGAR) at www.sec.gov or from our website listed above. We hereby disclaim any obligation to publicly update the information provided above, including forward-looking statements, to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
News Article | May 24, 2017
IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - May 24, 2017) - Fabless power semiconductor company Helix Semiconductors today announced the opening of its Advanced Technology Design Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which includes design space and a lab featuring state-of-the-art technology. The Colorado-based mixed-signal ASIC design team will work closely with Helix Semiconductors' power ASIC designers in its Irvine, California-based headquarters to productize the company's power conversion design concepts. Strategically located in Colorado's 'Silicon Mountain' region, the new design center allows Helix Semiconductors to tap into the area's strong ASIC design and semiconductor fab legacy. The design center team is led by semiconductor veteran and Senior VP of Engineering Randall Sandusky, who along with Senior Principal Engineer Neaz Farooqi have been with the company since inception and have contributed key intellectual property to its patent portfolio. The design center engineering team will also collaborate with other local ASIC design teams such as Treehouse Design, who has contributed to Helix Semiconductors' success to date. According to Helix Semiconductors President and CEO Harold A. Blomquist, "The opening of our new Advanced Technology Design Center underscores the confidence and commitment that our board of directors and investors have in our ability to productize our design concepts and bring our innovative power conversion technology to fruition. This is an important step as we move forward with the next phase of our technology." The opening of the new design center comes on the heels of Helix Semiconductors' recent announcement of its eMpower HS100 chipset, which brings unparalleled conversion efficiency of more than 95 percent when converting AC mains voltage to 5VDC -- especially at light load, no load or standby operating conditions. Helix Semiconductors' technology reduces energy waste, offering unprecedented high-efficiency power conversion across various power supply topologies. For more about Helix Semiconductors, please visit www.helixsemiconductors.com. About Helix Semiconductors Helix Semiconductors is a fabless power semiconductor company focused on developing energy-efficient digital power solutions. At a time when worldwide energy shortages are a reality and strict new efficiency standards are being enacted globally, Helix Semiconductors is creating impactful, energy-efficient power conversion products that are friendly to humans and the environment. Applications addressed by Helix Semiconductors' power conversion technology include the billions of devices in the consumer, computer, telecom, medical, and industrial markets. To learn more, please visit the company website at www.helixsemiconductors.com.
News Article | May 24, 2017
Medical systems are increasingly being developed with Wi-Fi connectivity to reduce the amount of wiring in a healthcare facility and allow them to be easily moved from room to room. In addition, compact mobile devices including infusion pumps, heart and hypertension monitoring, glucose monitoring, and other wearable devices for home healthcare require “always on” Wi-Fi connectivity to stream data and provide alerts to medical staff. However, there are many instances when wireless devices can lose their connection to an AP. The first is when the device is moving through an area and needs to disconnect from the current AP and reconnect to the next nearest AP. The second case is stationary wireless devices in large, dynamic environments where there are hundreds or more wireless APs. In this situation, the wireless network architecture must continuously analyze the radio frequency (RF) environment, automatically adjust AP power and channel configurations to compensate for interference, signal coverage, load balancing, and AP failures. When this occurs, the wireless device must “roam”, which includes scanning for and locating another AP to establish connectivity. Unfortunately, this roaming time can take several seconds with Wi-Fi devices that use non-optimized software. With Critical Patient Care, Every Second Counts The difference between a 100 millisecond and a 3 second roam time in patient monitoring systems like an ECG could create a data gap that results in a lost waveform, or a missed condition that does not trigger a medical alarm. A cardiologist, doctor, or nurse could miss an event that is happening with their patient. Often, monitoring systems are powered up and need to stay connected for months, or even a year. Another scenario is the data handoff from an EMS vehicle to the emergency center. The faster the wireless device can roam to connect to the facility’s network, the faster medical staff can monitor and diagnose the patient’s condition. IGX Wireless Advanced Roaming gives wireless medical devices an “always on” Wi-Fi connection so healthcare staff can have reliable access to real-time monitoring and diagnostic information, make decisions faster, and improve patient outcomes. IGX Advanced Roaming supports all types of 802.11 wireless APs, allowing customers to quickly integrate their devices, while maintaining compatibility with their existing IT infrastructure. IGX Advanced Roaming software uses proprietary scanning algorithms and decision-making logic to significantly reduce the time it takes for wireless devices to connect to an AP, boosting device availability and connection reliability. The software provides fast, seamless roaming along with optional enterprise-class security and CCX support. Built with the compatibility that today’s and tomorrow’s wireless medical devices require, Intelligraphics delivers optimized device drivers and firmware that support multiple hardware, software, and operating systems including Linux, Android, Windows 7/10, and WEC7, giving our customers a wide range of options for the most demanding wireless medical applications. “Helping the medical industry improve patient care using wireless technology is part of our core mission. Our relationship with key Wi-Fi chip providers enables us to deliver our customers a reliable, high quality solution along with full support. We recognize that wireless medical devices are revolutionizing healthcare in hospitals, point of care facilities, and in the home. By harnessing the power of Intelligraphics’ software, medical device manufacturers can get the most performance, reliability, and availability from their wireless devices,” said Scott Lawson, President of Intelligraphics. Intelligraphics, an industry leader in intelligent Wi-Fi advanced roaming solutions, helps enterprises realize the most value from their mission-critical wireless devices. A member of the Wi-Fi Alliance, a Texas Instruments 3rd Party Development Partner, and a charter member of the Qualcomm® Authorized Design Center (ADC) program, Intelligraphics delivers a diverse portfolio of software solutions that include enhanced and customized wireless drivers, firmware, and licensed IP solutions. Take your Wi-Fi-enabled and Internet of Things (IoT) applications farther and faster, visit: http://www.intelligraphics.com.
News Article | May 23, 2017
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- With over 30 years of history in the world of Interior Design, Designers Resource Collection is proud to be recognized as a leader in their respective industry. As the largest multi-line showroom in Orange County, open exclusively to the trade, Designers Resource Collection works diligently to offer the most in-demand brands and product lines. Warren DeYoung and daughter Pamela Kellogg have been instrumental in the growth and development of their brand, with yet another expansion happening this Summer. Their flagship location located in Costa Mesa's Stonemill Design Center will be completely remodeled with an expanded outdoor area. Plans for a celebratory open house are currently under way, and tentatively calendared for early Fall 2017. Taking ownership in 1985 of Kenneth McDonald Designs, Pamela's father Warren DeYoung was the driving force behind the brand as it evolved throughout the decades, eventually acquiring two partner brands, Designers Resource Collection and Estate of Design. In 2000, Pamela joined the Designers Resource Collection team and shortly thereafter in 2004 the company went through a significant expansion. After becoming a partner with her father in the business in 2004, Pamela chose to expand the brand even further by opening a location in San Diego with business partner Natasha Minasian in 2015. Today, Designers Resource Collection encompasses both DRC Orange County and San Diego, as well as Estate of Design and Kenneth McDonald Designs. Committed to giving back to the community the company proudly supports philanthropic organizations such as National Charity League, Human Options, The Hebrew Academy, Toys for Tots, South County Outreach and Ronald McDonald House.
News Article | May 9, 2017
Each logic module allows intensity control from 100% lumen output down to 0.1%, as well as lumen and color maintenance ensuring consistent light output throughout the life of the fixture. Integration of these logic modules and LED arrays with Wattstopper DLM and architectural dimming platforms and products (hardware and software), will offer the most robust digital lighting system available. Digital Lighting Management The combination of leading light engines with DLM control brings a new level of simplicity and speed to tunable lighting projects throughout the design, installation, and building maintenance phases. Pairing our light engines with DLM ensures the intuitive controls and easy code compliance that are synonymous with the platform. Also launching are DLM HCL Lighting Management Switches and interfaces that provide sleek, easy, and intuitive CCT control of fixtures enabled with Blanco and araya5. These switches can be used separately or together for full customization of color temperature. They include: DLM's Plug n' Go™ automatic configuration ensures these switches control CCT channel right out of the box, without any setup or commissioning. Expanded software tools are available with DLM HCL devices, including the Wattstopper LMCS, which features expanded capabilities for advanced configuration. This software tool simplifies installation and easy system management. Architectural Dimming Platform Blanco and araya5 logic modules can also be controlled by a variety of Equinox touchscreens and a mobile device app from the Wattstopper architectural dimming platform. Control options for this platform include 0-10V or DMX. Using the Commercial Equinox User Interface on these touchscreens and app makes it even simpler to control lighting, including dynamic white and color temperature applications. The interface features intuitive controls and navigation, and the UI also provides unlimited options for designing a lighting scene or personalized control scenario that adapt to the needs of the space. Technicians can add customer programming, one-button scenes, and other software elements to create the ideal lighting experience with Design Center commissioning software. "Our approach to Human Centric Lighting is to deliver the highest quality tunable solution in a way that is simple and intuitive. We did this by leveraging our expertise with digital lighting control and partnering with Lumenetix to engineer a complete turnkey solution that addresses even the most advanced applications," said David Dilitkanich, Director of Business Development at Legrand. "As tunable light continues to be specified more frequently, our solution removes complexity at the critical points in a project." Legrand Eliot Program New capabilities in Wattstopper HCL solutions tie to the larger context of Legrand's Eliot (Electricity + IoT) program in North America. Eliot is a global Legrand IoT program that brings together Legrand's worldwide expertise to advance connectivity and intelligence in the built environment, mobilize Legrand's capabilities around the world, and speed development of Legrand connected devices wherever the Internet of Things can enhance value for all users. Products, systems, and services under Legrand's Eliot program, including DLM, adhere to three important principles: These critical principles shape how Legrand is approaching innovation under the Eliot program. For more information on Eliot, visit legrand.us/eliot. To learn more about Wattstopper lighting control solutions, please visit the team at Booth # 1841. About Wattstopper Wattstopper, a product line of Legrand, offers the most comprehensive line of simple, scalable, and flexible energy-efficient lighting controls and solutions for commercial and residential applications. The Wattstopper range of products, programs, and services has been helping customers save energy, meet green initiatives, and comply with energy codes for more than 30 years. www.legrand.us/wattstopper. About Legrand and Legrand, North & Central America Legrand is a global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial, and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value is a prime vector for growth, including, in particular, connected devices stemming from Legrand's global Eliot (Electricity and IoT) program. Legrand reported sales of $5.6 billion in 2016. Legrand has a strong presence in North and Central America, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include C2G, Cablofil, Electrorack, Luxul, Middle Atlantic, Nuvo, OCL, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Pinnacle, QMotion, Quiktron, Raritan, Solarfective, Vantage, Wattstopper, and Wiremold. Legrand is listed on Euronext Paris and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI, Corporate Oekom Rating, and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819) www.legrand.us. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/legrand-simplifies-human-centric-lighting-with-new-wattstopper-tunable-lighting-solutions-300452544.html
News Article | May 10, 2017
The patent-pending shade system also allows for fingertip raising action, making it easy to raise or lower the shade with two fingers instead of heavy pulling or tugging. Solarfective motorized shades can be wired to allow for individual control or group control with a push of a button. In addition, Solarfective shade systems can be fully integrated with the Wattstopper architectural dimming platform via Design Center software. Programming and commissioning can be done quickly and easily, providing greater efficiency and time savings to projects. The architectural dimming platform includes the Lighting Control and Automation Panel (LCAP) series, and a range of unique user interfaces to meet precise dimming, occupant experience, and energy savings objectives. "We are excited to showcase the Solarfective system for the first time at LIGHTFAIR. These commercial shading solutions are the easiest to use and install – and when integrated with the architectural dimming platform, deliver robust control to bundled lighting and shade systems," said Nick Meloni, Product Marketing Manager for Solarfective at Legrand, North America. About Solarfective Products Limited Solarfective, a Legrand group brand, specializes in the design and manufacturing of standard and custom shading systems. Established in 1980 and based in Toronto, Solarfective has provided one-of-a-kind shading solutions for commercial facilities around the world. About Legrand and Legrand, North & Central America Legrand is a global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial, and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value is a prime vector for growth, including, in particular, connected devices stemming from Legrand's global Eliot (Electricity and IoT) program. Legrand reported sales of $5.6 billion in 2016. Legrand has a strong presence in North and Central America, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include C2G, Cablofil, Electrorack, Luxul, Middle Atlantic, Nuvo, OCL, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Pinnacle, QMotion, Quiktron, Raritan, Solarfective, Vantage, Wattstopper, and Wiremold. Legrand is listed on Euronext Paris and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI, Corporate Oekom Rating, and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819) www.legrand.us. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/legrand-highlights-effortless-control-of-natural-light-with-leading-edge-commercial-shading-solutions-300452603.html
News Article | May 15, 2017
Barbara Elza Hirsch, award-winning interior designer and principal of Elza B. Design, Inc. along with Dowel Furniture are set to launch The Bois et Couleur Furniture Collection. After a successful debut at 2017 Boston Design Week, the collection’s official launch will be held on May 31, 2017 at the Boston Design Center. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to design a vibrant furniture collection that will appeal to homeowners, apartment dwellers, and designers looking for well-built, stylish chairs, stools, and accent tables,” says Barbara Elza Hirsch. The Bois et Couleur Collection (Wood and Color Collection) is comprised of pieces influenced by art, fashion, history and the designer’s French background, incorporating the highest quality hardwood materials with fabrics in bold, fresh colors and patterns. Durable frames and easy-to-clean fabrics make each piece as functional as it is beautiful. The furnishings feature sturdy, solid wood frames available in five Sherwin Williams colors, two natural white oak finishes, and a chic selection of fabrics from the notable showrooms of Schumacher, Romo Group, Quadrille, Kravet Fabrics, Robert Allen, Duralee, Webster & Company, The Martin Group, and Studio 534. As a French native currently based in Concord, Massachusetts, Hirsch has developed a sensibility that is strongly rooted in both of her home countries. “Bois et Couleur has an ‘old-world-meets-new-world’ style,” she explains. “The goal was to create a personalized collection that showcases Dowel’s intricate wood design capabilities, blended with my own design background and cultural experiences.” Hirsch’s objective is realized in the well-rounded collection comprised of two chic dining chairs and their corresponding armchairs; a statement-making living room armchair with accompanying ottoman; three end tables that also serve as nightstands; and two versatile counter stools. La Parisienne dining chair, inspired by the city’s centuries-old architecture, is named in honor of Hirsch’s years spent studying graphic design and art in Paris’s foremost studios, while the Frenchie dining chair is reminiscent of a slower paced life in her grandparents’ homes in Burgundy and the Lyon area where dining was an hours-long experience. Royale, a regal living room armchair, is a spirited tribute to France’s royal history and to Hirsch’s grandmother’s love of gilded and ornate details. A small ottoman, the Casablanca, incorporates hints of Hirsch’s Moroccan heritage and pairs perfectly with the Royale. Also available as a chic, compact pouf, the Casablanca can be used as a fun extra seat to tuck near the fireplace or in front of a sofa. The end tables answer a market need for simple, versatile tables that can be used in differently styled rooms as end tables or night stands. As durable and sturdy as they are stylish, “these tables offer proportions that are lacking in the current marketplace, and they are able to support the variety of dramatic large-scale lamps available now,” says Hirsch. The Elza wood end table has two shelves and is offered in five color options. It is obtainable in two different heights and leg systems. The Marrakesh is a similarly built side table but with either gold or iron color nail head design on two sides and a metal frame in a matching finish. The Cocktail Stool is an upholstered seat that fits a modern kitchen, beautifully updated to fit an open-plan space while retaining hints of Old World timelessness. The Cocktail is an elegant backless stool that offers colorful wood bases and an array of fabric options for its square tufted seats. Produced by Dowel Furniture, internationally recognized for its stylish, built-to-last furnishings, The Bois et Couleur Collection will be available online at https://www.dowel.furniture. Dowel co-founders and siblings, Ray Hallare and Joanne Hallare Lee will oversee production of all furnishings within the collection. A Bois et Couleur Launch Party Luncheon will be held on May 31, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. Suite 329, at the Boston Design Center, followed by two seminar series: June 6, 2017, 11:00 a.m., Suite 329, Paint 101: Fundamentals of Architectural Paints and Coating Technology, sponsored by Sherwin Williams; and June 14, 2017, 9:30 a.m., Suite 329, Breakfast Seminar, “Swatch Watch,” A Session on Fabric Protection sponsored by MWI Fiber-Shield. All three events are free and open to the public. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bois-et-couleur-collection-launch-party-tickets-34363519211. ABOUT BARBARA ELZA HIRSCH, ELZA B. DESIGN, INC. http://www.elzabdesign.com Barbara Elza Hirsch is an interior designer and principal of Elza B. Design, Inc., located in historic Concord, Massachusetts. She spent her childhood in Europe and Washington, D.C. Her European roots greatly influence her design work, as does her background in Art and Fashion. Her award-winning work has been featured in numerous publications. Hirsch’s designs bridge the past and the present, incorporating colors derived from nature: flora, plants, rocks, ocean, sun, and sky. Passionate about helping her clients identify and express their style, she works with them to develop an interior in which they can feel both nurtured and renewed. ABOUT DOWEL.FURNITURE http://www.dowel.furniture Dowel is an online furniture company owned by siblings Ray Hallare and Joanne Hallare Lee. Their goal is to offer the high end furniture experience, quality, and service at a fair price online. Each piece is handcrafted and sourced directly from their family's factory, which has been producing fine furniture for over 20 years. Their products include various made-to-order furnishings available in multiple fabric and finish options, allowing endless personalization.