Salamander is growing, Paul Sabbah leads the International Sales team

Salamander is growing and proudly announces the transition of Paul Sabbah who will lead our International Sales team.

Paul joined Salamander in 2008, successfully bringing residential A/V furniture and cinema seats to our International markets.

Paul is expanding his scope within the Salamander sales team and will lead the international sales and business development effort for our Commercial and Professional product lines.

Sabbah brings a 30-year history of technical and A/V furniture product development, sales and account management to Salamander Designs, translating his love of foreign cultures, languages, and travel into selling this great American brand in 85 countries around the globe.

We are happy to have Paul serve the brand in this new role. He brings a sense of humor, a strong network and a great reputation to our team and we are thrilled to have him leading our International growth effort.

If you are interested in purchasing Salamander products and are based in EMEA, APAC or LATAM, please reach out and connect with Paul, we guarantee you’ll love working with him!

Paul M. Sabbah

International Sales/Business Development
P: 860-761-9540
M: 203-550-6400

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

CE Pro Brand Leader for AV Furniture
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


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


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:

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.
Let Salamander be your “go to” for innovative AV furniture solutions. Contact us for more information.




This years CEDIA 2016 conference theme THINK BIG (considering the event is being held in the State of Texas) is a logical choice as well as a call to action for the residential AV world. But the subthemes of Big Thinking, Big Network and Big Future provide not only big challenges but also big opportunities for integrators, vendo rs, manufactures, distributors resellers and designers.

Big Thinking – Means thinking across a broad spectrum of opportunities. Those professionals , those who can anticipate the solutions and be ready with products and knowledge may reap a first responder’s portion of new markets. For example: with Salamander’ new Luca and Lilliana designs for home theater seating, features include distinctive design and unique stitch patterns reminiscent of luxury automobiles. You can see and sit in the Lilliana at our booth ( #1712).

Big Network – Means you’re going to have to work with others to succeed. For over 20 years Salamander has worked with every aspect and representative of the home residential AV industry (e.g. designers, integrators, audiophiles, project managers, (corporate and independent, ) and AV engineers. We focus on you and your customer’s needs to have cutting edge solutions with timely order fulfillment and flawless customization.

Big Future– The opportunities in the coming year will be many, new and fast moving. If the CEDIA 2016 conference size and registration numbers , not to mention the number of educational programs are any indication there will be growth in the opportunities for AV home tech space.

Integrators and marketing companies are looking for ways to expand business at a pace that has never been faster. Emerging trends and opportunities such as HENRYS, (High Earners, Not Rich Yet), split millennial marketing(older and younger) and –smart home businesses are being shaped and defined in conjunction with the ability to deliver customized integrated solutions. Let Salamander help you get ready.

Stop by the Salamander booth (#1712) and let us show you how our multi –award winning furniture designs and technology integrated solutions, can make your future “BIG”.

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Salamander Cedia 2106


Salamander Designs Introduces Two New Home Theater Seating Styles

Introducing Luca and Lilliana home theater seating solutions. Both models feature distinctive design and unique stitch patterns reminiscent of the finest luxury automobiles while offering the most sumptuous, durable and ultimately comfortable vantage point for enjoying home cinema.

All Salamander home theater seating models are constructed with an emphasis on premium quality, style and support. Each collection has been ergonomically engineered to ensure optimized positioning for lumbar, head/neck and legs over the course of a long feature film. At Salamander, all entertainment seating models are constructed to deliver lasting comfort and elegance.

Luca Theater Seating

The Luca seating features a stylish diamond double-needle stitching on the seat and back inserts with single-needle top stitch on the arms, the seat and back frames. Consumers can select stitching that matches or contrasts with the upholstery for a stunning look. Luca recliners are offered with manual or power recline mechanisms and with or without cup holders.




Lilliana Theater Seating 

The Lilliana seating is a similar overall form factor to the Luca models, but is adorned with handsome horizontal channel stitching on the seat and back inserts and matching or contrasting welt around the perimeter. Like the Luca chairs, Lilliana models are offered with manual or power recline mechanisms and with or without cup holders.


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Salamander Designs Luca and Lilliana seating models come with a limited lifetime warranty and will be available October, 2016.