Making sure you get your Salamander in perfect shape

Ensuring that your cabinet comes through the shipping process in perfect condition is part of our job and Salamander’s commitment to quality (and the joy of its customers).

Many of our goods are large and complex in shape and form and won’t simply “fit in a box”. What to do?  Well, if you’re Salamander – you design your own custom cartons and design ways of packaging and securing your products. Which, in short, is exactly what we’ve done.

Wrapped, packed, padded, protected and wrapped again – packaging for shipment is a science we’ve mastered.

This return shipment traveled from Connecticut to California and then back to Connecticut. It’s clear that these cabinets were fully secured and protected for their long voyage – the palette took a good hit though!

Making sure our goods get to you in perfect shape is no joke and it doesn’t happen by accident.

Making sure you get what you ordered and that it is delivered in perfect shape – is just one of the reasons why Salamander Designs is coming up on its 25th year in business.

Attention to Detail: Salamander Designs Packs, Protects & Ships

Take a good look at this shipping carton that came back to Salamander from one of our dealers. Chances are that you’ve received cartons that look similar.

When we see shipping cartons that look like this one; we can’t help but wonder the story that our “assault victim” could share.

Fragile goods need to be treated preciously if they are to arrive at their destination in one piece. Our goods are inherently fragile and so the Salamander shipping team needs to go the extra mile in terms of anticipating what type of abuse our goods will receive when they leave our loading dock.

Fork lifts, truck loading, material handling equipment – are potentially able to deliver the type of abuse we’ve all seen in the old American Tourister luggage commercial.

Remember the commercial that featured an angry gorilla beating the bejeez out of a nice new suitcase don’t you? It wasn’t a pretty sight, and we can only imagine the cringing that went on when the product development people at America Tourister saw their pride and joy being soundly thrashed by the angry Gorilla.

Well, being the Salamander-y types we are, we figure that type of treatment is in store for our cabinets, credenza’s and stands when they leave the “nest” and so we ensure that they will arrive at their new home in sparkling new and flawless condition.

How do we ensure that our goods will arrive in good shape?

We plan, we design, we anticipate – and we test… a lot. Its no mistake our goods arrive in perfect shape.

It’s why unwrapping one of our goods, is akin to a Holiday treat, its just that much fun and satisfying.

Perfect – This is how our goods look when they leave Salamander.

Salamander Designs Best of 2017 Award Winners

CEDIA 2017 is in the rearview and we are dashing towards year end. Before the memory of CEDIA fades from memory, the Salamander Designs team would like to call out and shine a light on some of our important partners who did stand-out work this past year. We honored these teams at CEDIA, but we want the world to know of them and their accomplishments. We are proud to keep such company and are happy to support great partners who are doing excellent work.

 

BEST  INSTALLATION – Audio Breakthroughs

Audio Breakthroughs installed a custom home theater project with hidden recessed JVC projector and Revel in-wall speaker system. Salamander Alex chairs provided the look the client wanted. Client wanted a home theater with comfortable seating but without the traditional theater chair appearance. The Alex chair provided the perfect solution. He loved the fit and finish, the excellent build quality and luxurious padding. The Alex fit into the room perfectly and the client was thrilled with the results!

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL INSTALLATION – High Class Technology

High Class Technology built this project on the outskirts of Medellin, with more than 900 square meters plus its own soccer field. The client and home owner, James Rodriguez, is a Colombian soccer player of the Bayern Munich team. This project featured a personalized home theater, inspired by the clients favorite character, Harry Potter. It has projection 4K, curved screen with the highest standards, Dolby Atmos sound, and of course two rows of Salamander chairs. With soft lighting, sound and motorized chairs, we create a space of comfort, technology and high-class design.

 

BEST SHOWROOM  Sound Concepts

It’s hard to tell with a state of the art, killer showroom featuring Salamander Designs seating, that Sound Concepts began in a small convenience store location with 3 employees, all still employed with the company today. It was from these early days that the foundation of values of hard work, customer service, and reinvestment was laid. Sound Concepts is known as a go-to integrator in the Northeast Arkansas area.

 

DEALER OF THE YEAR – ListenUp 


You hear a lot of talk about “custom” systems in the A/V world these  days. Talk to ListenUp co-founders Walt Stinson and Steven Weiner about the history of the company, and you’ll find out that ListenUp was custom before custom was cool. “From the very beginning we delivered and set up the systems we sold, and made sure they were properly integrated into the room,” says Steven. “We were tremendously enthusiastic about the gear – and, more importantly, the music – and we wanted to make sure everything got set up right so it would sound right. We knew if we offered this level of attention and people got a superior experience from their systems, they would become repeat customers.”

 

REP OF THE YEAR – ELITE3PRO

Elite3Pro was established in the Fall of 2005 to provide superior product representation for the CEDIA channel. We recognized a need for representation that would best support the ever-changing technology landscape, specifically with the continuous convergence occurring between residential, commercial and IT sectors. Our ability to understand and manage education of this evolving industry allows for quality expansion and newly identified opportunities for all of our partners

CEDIA 2017

MILAN – White Diamond Texture

White diamond texture Milan is a sleek modern design, with a future forward three-dimensional diamond pattern.

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SONY CREDENZA – For Ultra -Short Throw 4k Projector

A simple installation eliminating the need to open walls or ceilings to run cabling. All supporting components, including a speaker system may be enclosed in the credenza to provide a beautiful, integrated solution.

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ZURICH- Linear Texture, Opium Brown

This sleek, streamlined design features a horizontal pattern on opium brown wood with a black glass top.

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Salamander Designs is CE Pro 100 Top Furniture Brand for the Ninth Consecutive Year

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CE Pro Brand Leader for AV Furniture

The 2017 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis is out, and we’re extremely pleased to share that for the ninth consecutive year, Salamander Designs has been named the top AV furniture brand in this annual report by CE Pro Magazine. CE Pro magazine is a leading trade publication for professionals involved in the custom electronics business.

In addition, a significantly expanded lead in the furniture category, we ranked 2nd in home theater seating. If you’re a Salamander customer or dealer, thank you! You helped us achieve this important designation from one of the most respected trade publications in our industry.

CE Pro Brand Leader for Furniture and 2nd for Theater Seating
CE Pro Brand Leader for Furniture and 2nd for Theater Seating

Salamander comfortably leads a category featuring 23 manufacturers mentioned by CE Pro 100 dealers. Salamander, along with CinemaTech and Fortress increased their respective dealer totals from the previous year, while BDI and Sanus held serve. No other brands had double-digit dealer counts.

The numbers associated with each manufacturer reflect the number of CE Pro 100 dealers using that brand.  These numbers are closely watched, according to CE Pro, “because these are the most successful companies in the industry”. Many professional integrators look to the brands that are being used by these companies as a signal of success.

About CE Pro

CE Pro magazine is the leading trade publication for professionals involved in the custom electronics business. Its readers specify and sell technology-related products to homeowners, homebuilders and SMB (small/medium business) owners. Formerly a monthly magazine, CE Pro is now published and distributed 17 times per year. Launched in 1994, CE Pro was the first publication to address the home systems integrator channel and is widely recognized as the best publication in the category.

About Salamander

Salamander Designs is a leading manufacturer of premium quality, highly customizable furniture for residential and commercial audio/video integration. Our premium, custom AV furniture lines include the Chameleon CollectionArchetype SystemSynergy System and theater/lounge seating solutions. We also make a wide variety of accessory products that enhance and complement our furniture. Most products are built to order in the USA and quick ship within days. Our AV Basics line offers a pre-configured, high quality selection of value-packed cabinets and seating producs. Contact us online or call (888) 650-5289. International callers, dial (860) 761-9500.

 

Salamander & Sony – An Integrated Innovative Solution

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Last week at the 50th CES Convention in Las Vegas, NV. Sony announced and unveiled The VPL-VZ1000ES Ultra-Short Throw projector 4K HDR home theater projector housed in a Salamander custom Chameleon cabinet. Because of the capability to project so close to the wall while providing outstanding video quality, this projector also maintains room integrity, no longer requiring a ceiling suspended or mid room installation. The integrated cabinet and projector is a seamless and stealthy solution. The installation is simple with no need to open the wall or ceiling to run cables. In addition, all supporting components including a speaker system can be enclosed in the cabinet to provide a turnkey solution.

Earlier in 2016 Sony engineers approached Salamander’s President and Founder, Salvatore Carrabba about customizing a cabinet for this new innovation. Sal rallied his own experience and team delivering this sleek , fully integrated modern design.

“At Salamander after over 20 years of creating innovative AV furniture we are very adept at providing collaborative solutions. This Ultra Short throw The VPL-VZ1000ES projector and cabinet is just one example of the forward thinking solutions we can offer.”

The projector and customized Chameleon cabinet will be available in late Spring of 2017.

Signature Salamander: Transformation / Mood / Vision

All great art design starts with a vision/inspiration. Couple an artistic vision with an outstanding furniture design and you have a timeless classic.

Connie Kolman, an artist who uses a one-of -kind technique she created, was commissioned by AudioArt of Sudbury, MA to blend high-end audio and distinctive art. Inspired by nature and provocative colors, Connie applied her technique on glass panels which then were mounted on side panels and doors for a striking result. This particular pattern is called “Sahara Twilight”. We call it classic design married with artistic beauty: Signature Salamander

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Salamander Designs Scores Fifth CE Pro BEST Award

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Salamander Designs scored its fifth CE Pro BEST award at CEDIA 2016 for a sleek, functional and AV furniture solution solving Low Profile Cabinet.

The New Low Profile Cabinet with its narrow depth, sleek design, storage capabilities and assortment of finishes delivers innovative residential solutions. As mentioned in our prior blog, Thinking Big at CEDIA 2016 (those who can anticipate the solutions and be ready with products will be the first reap the rewards of new opportunities.

Salamander looks toward AV furniture solutions and implements them according to your needs. We are cognizant of the trends of downsizing, residential city/urban space restrictions and historic building walls. We understand the importance of maintaining wall integrity and the realities of TV large screen weight concerns. As a response to these trends and concerns, Salamander Designs created the low profile cabinet.

 The cabinet’s 12-inch depth, sleek design, storage and easy installation solutions, also caught the attention of CE Pro and Innovation & Technology Magazine editors, resulting in two awards at last month’s conference.

The problems that this cabinet addresses are summarized below:

Problem
Solution/b>
Limited room space
 The depth is 12 inches, providing more room space and a sleeker design.
Overheating of AV components
Heat sensor fans can be installed in the cabinet base providing intake up and out the top of the door panel, or up the screen mount as a chimney.
Flat panel screen requires wall mount with Questioning wall durability/adaptability (brick/historic plaster)or wall stability
Our integrated mounts for flat panel screens support the weight of the screen on the cabinet eliminating the need to penetrate wall integrity. Only 2 toggles bolts are required for panel tipping safety.
Insufficient space to install an audio receiver cable box or gaming station
Vertical 3-U rack allows equipment to be mounted and hung in any bay.
Design/door panels not coordinated with the over all room decor
The styles come in 6 different door panels.
Variable installations costs
Easy installation, eliminates the need to use, electricians, or other contractors.
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Let Salamander be your “go to” for innovative AV furniture solutions. Contact us for more information.