They say the hotel business is one big happy family. That rings true both figuratively and literally. Here at Samuelson Furniture, we proudly carry a family tradition spanning four generations and 82 years. While the distinction of being a generational business is uncommon today, we know others in the industry who have accomplished this. A strong sense of identity in combination with hard work, integrity and commitment to the ideals set before them are just some of the components necessary to endure the challenges presented in the world of our business today.
Keeping ahead of the trends is paramount here at Samuelson Furniture, and to accomplish this we must continually invest in our business. After all, being in a family owned and operated business for more than 80 years means we never rest on our laurels. We must continually invest in our future to provide our clientele with the most exceptional results and ensure our position as industry leaders for many more decades to come.
The upholstery trade as a craft evolved throughout many centuries and various eras as it gradually integrated into the furniture making process. While stages of comfort levels increased, tradesmen provided materials for the covering of chairs, seats and sofas.
The coordination of padding, springs, webbing, fabric and/or leather materials covering a wood frame or platform is the essence of this artistic skill. Fabrication of seating furniture requires design aesthetic with the essential components of comfort and function.
Unlike residential seating, hospitality/commercial standards require materials with greater durability to withstand the environmental stresses of continuous daily use. This includes heavy-duty hardware, thicker wood frames, greater density of foam and more resilient fabrics.
The following are the underlying components holding to industry standards for hospitality and contract seating.
This month we are investigating how those tasked with purchasing furniture approach their role in delivering a long lasting product that pleases both ownership and guests, all while anchoring the in-room experience. We connected with two industry superstars; Joe Motley, Program Manager at Walt Disney World, and Neil Locke, principal at Neil Locke & Associates, and asked them to share their thoughts on the importance of buying the right quality furniture at the right price.
There has been a big shift in hospitality during the last five years. Public spaces in hotels, especially the lobby, are officially the front and center attraction. While they have always been the first thing guests see, there is a new focus. This relates to setting the stage for experience while simultaneously creating engaging spaces where people want to hang out, and importantly, spend money.
Purchasing Pro Tips: From P.O. to Delivery
We all know what purchasers do, they purchase! But knowing what they do is very different than understanding how they do it. So, we spoke to a couple of purchasing experts to find out exactly how they spend their days.
Hint: It’s a lot more involved than shopping for pretty things.
Turns out, there’s a lot of management and skill required to ensure projects come in on time, on budget, and feature products that can live up to the rigors of hotel living. Here’s some tips gleaned from these pros:
Purchasing FF&E, particularly furniture, can be a complicated task, especially for high end custom products. But it doesn’t have to be. We spoke with two purchasing pros -- who also have extensive design backgrounds -- and talked them into sharing their best practices for buying furniture.
Don’t expect a major design shift in 2017, this year is more about the maturation of ongoing trends. It’s a focus on evolution, rather than revolution, as shifting societal behaviors push hospitality designers to tweak, change and flesh out concepts they’ve been exploring.
Malcolm Berg, is the founder of EoA, a Miami based hospitality design firm. His company focuses on properties within the upper end of the industry, putting him and his team into a unique position to constantly develop ‘wow’ worthy concepts.