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Caught in the Middle- How to Purchase Hospitality FF&E Like a Pro

Posted by Glenn Haussman @TravelingGlenn on May 29, 2019 10:10:29 AM

From time to time we like to focus on the challenges purchasing pros have within the hospitality community. They often find themselves caught between the needs of designers, vendors, and of course the project’s owners.

Purchasing professionals must negotiate an array of demands to deliver great products on time, and of course within budget. We have addressed some of the larger issues with Steven A. “Gus” Sarff III, President of GS Associates, Newburyport, MA.  Gus shares his strategy of finding success in a continual sea of challenges.

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Topics: Hospitality Design, Hospitality Design Trends, custom furniture for hospitality, custom seating, Custom Upholstery, Custom Seating For Hotels, Furniture Design, Hotel Design

Challenges of Brand Differentiation

Posted by Glenn Haussman @TravelingGlenn on Apr 23, 2019 2:25:22 PM

In capturing today’s market of savvy travelers, design professionals are challenged by the numerous hotel brands that have emerged.  With a focus on brand identity, creating authenticity while addressing the particular design standard of that brand, requires a balance between what the brand represents and the client’s design vision.  Ultimately, the creation of a memorable guest experience, both personal and unique, is the goal in bringing a traveler back to that brand. 

This month we’re chatting with a trio of pros that have all helped create brand prototypes, and are well versed at the art of bringing new concepts to life. Plus, they’re all masters at balancing brand demands with owner wants. Here’s how they maneuver this complicated thicket.

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Topics: Hospitality Design, Hospitality Design Trends, custom furniture for hospitality, custom seating, Custom Upholstery, Custom Seating For Hotels, Furniture Design, Hotel Design

Forward Thinking: Designer Input

Posted by Ruth Chalfin on Feb 26, 2019 10:34:13 AM

Samuelson Furniture conducted a survey to capture design input on evolving hospitality trends of 2019.   We are fortunate in providing two forward thinking, top designers for their look into the direction taking place within the hotel industry.
The time and consideration of the following designers are greatly appreciated for their valuable insight:

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Topics: Hospitality Design, Hospitality Design Trends, custom furniture for hospitality, custom seating, Custom Upholstery, Custom Seating For Hotels, Furniture Design, Hotel Design

A Front Row Seat To Chair Design

Posted by Glenn Haussman on Jan 22, 2019 11:31:17 AM

Furniture design isn’t easy, presenting many challenges when it comes to teaching the next generation of designers. For this month’s blog we spoke with 2 designers, a design educator and a student to understand how they interpret the learning process when it comes to furniture design with a particular focus on seating.
In addition, they discuss the ways in which technologies impact this process. 

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Topics: Hospitality Design, Hospitality Design Trends, custom furniture for hospitality, custom seating, Custom Upholstery, Custom Seating For Hotels, Furniture Design, Hotel Design

Bringing Back The Historic Hotel Saranac

Posted by Glenn Haussman on Aug 15, 2018 10:37:32 AM
Bringing a hotel back to life isn’t easy. Especially if it’s been closed for an extended period.  Plus, ensuring the property meets the needs of the current guests while still honoring its legacy is a hearty challenge. Enter Sue Pollio, RSJ Associates, LLC, President and Founder, and an owner tasked with reinventing the Hotel Saranac, which originally debuted in 1927. Now $30 million and three years later, Pollio shares with Samuelson Furniture what the experience was like regarding her role as the project’s interior designer and procurement pro.
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Topics: Hospitality Design, Custom Seating For Hotels, Custom Casegoods For Hotels, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Hotel Design, Hotel Renovations, Historic Preservation

The Top 10 Reasons We Use 3D Renderings In Furniture Design

Posted by Ruth Chalfin on Jul 23, 2018 3:27:12 PM

The furniture industry has gained great benefit from the 3D rendering, photo-realistic process. Producing virtual, high quality images digitally provide clear visualization of abstract concepts, unlimited means of customization, and efficient revision of particular elements of a model.  The flexibility of this technology accelerates the approval process while enhancing visual communication with precise and accurate renderings.

We asked our design team to put together a list of the top 10 reasons we use 3D renderings and how it helps the design and manufacturing process.

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Topics: Hospitality Design, custom furniture for hospitality, Custom Upholstery, Custom Seating For Hotels, Custom Casegoods For Hotels, Interior Design, Furniture Design, 3D Renderings, CAD design

Rethinking Technology In Hospitality Design

Posted by Glenn Haussman @TravelingGlenn on Jun 18, 2018 1:47:11 PM

Technology has become the backbone of the hotel business on many levels. This includes the ways in which properties are operated behind the scenes as well as guest-facing technologies, and of course the latest electronic contraptions hotel customers use when on site.

It has made those in the hotel industry rethink how interactive technology is applied in every aspect of the hotel experience, including through FF&E products such as furniture.  This provides inspiration to begin a dialog addressing the creative thought and application of technology in the hospitality environment.

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Topics: Hospitality Design, Custom furniture for hotels, custom furniture for hospitality, custom seating, custom casegoods, Purchasing FF+E, CustomUpholstery, Custom Seating For Hotels, Custom Casegoods For Hotels, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Technology, TechHotels, Technology Integrated Furniture, Rethinking Technology In Hospitality Design, Hotel Technology

How To Minimize Redlines In Custom Furniture Design

Posted by Brette DeVore on May 29, 2018 3:09:20 PM

An important, time saving process of creating a technical drawing in the world of design and architecture is known as CAD, or Computer Aided Design technology.  The creation of these precision drawings reduces the probability of human error, provide greater accuracy, and greatly shorten the design cycle.  

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Topics: Hospitality Design, Custom furniture for hotels, custom furniture for hospitality, custom seating, custom casegoods, Purchasing FF+E, CustomUpholstery, Custom Seating For Hotels, Custom Casegoods For Hotels, Interior Design, How To Reduce Redlines in custom furniture design, CAD, Furniture Design, Computer Aided Design, CADdesign, AutoCAD

Your HD Expo Guide to Work and Play

Posted by Glenn Haussman on Apr 19, 2018 11:41:40 AM

With HD Expo upon us, we want to reflect on some of the best experiences amazing Las Vegas has to offer. Sure, this massive trade show is a great place to get business done, but it’s also a place to let loose, have fun and enjoy the incredible amenities Sin City has to offer. We spoke to loyal HD Expo attendees Pam Niemann, Principal Designer & Owner of Niemann Interiors; Katie Novelen, Senior Interior Designer at Tandem Interior Design Studio; and Britni Flores, Interior Designer at Studio McCormack.  We had them disclose their insider info, because what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas!

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Topics: Hospitality Design, Custom Upholstery, Custom Seating For Hotels, Custom Casegoods For Hotels, Interior Design

Legendary Local Design: 10 Questions with Top Design and Purchasing Pros

Posted by Glenn Haussman on Mar 19, 2018 12:25:06 PM

Hotel design has inexorably shifted to highlighting the look and feel of the community in which the property is located.  This has change the way in which projects are conceived and executed.

It’s no longer about fungible design that simply checks off a series of boxes. Rather, it’s about understanding the cultural, historical and visual cues of the individual community; then creating a visual and functional aesthetic highlighting those elements unique to that neighborhood’s character.

We spoke to Lois Goodell, principal, director of interior design, with CBT Architects and Ronnie Bray, founding partner of Bray Whaler, to see how their roles have transformed due to changing design demands.

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Topics: Hospitality Design, Custom Upholstery, Custom Seating For Hotels, Custom Casegoods For Hotels, Interior Design