06 Feb 2018
February 06, 2018

New Somfy Exterior Motor

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The new Somfy Maestria 50 RTS motor is designed to motorized all types of exterior shades and screens, while offering specific functionalities needed for ZIP Shade applications. 

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30 Jan 2018
January 30, 2018

Somfy Interior Motors

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Somfy offers a wide range of quiet motors and intelligent controls for interior applications, all based on project requirements and building functionality. Somfy solutions also offers a large range of motor and control options for all types of end products.

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30 Jan 2018
January 30, 2018

Somfy Motorization and Applications

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Motorization by Somfy offers a wide range of applications, power sources, motors and control options for all your commercial, residential, hospitality, education and healthcare needs.  

To determine the necessary power supply for your project, first select from one of the following options for both interior or exterior applications:

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30 Jan 2018
January 30, 2018

Drapery at Downtown Condo

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We are very excited to share you with one of our recent drapery installation that was featured in the New York Times Real Estate Section back in September 2017. To read and learn more click on the following link or see below: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/realestate/a-downtown-skyscraper-with-yachtlike-interiors.html

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At 125 Greenwich Street, a new skyscraper rising in Manhattan’s Financial District, Bizzi & Partners Development is turning the typical condominium model on its head.

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23 Jan 2018
January 23, 2018

Myths of Exterior Shades

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As I present my Lunch & Learn program Exterior Shades – The Next Generation in Window Coverings, to architects, designers and consultants across the USA, I find myself addressing some similar misconceptions about this new trend in window shades. The most common myths about Exterior Shades are:

  • Exterior shades can not survive stormy weather conditions
  • They must have a short life expectancy
  • Maintenance is problematic
  • Interior shades are more economical then Exterior Shading Solutions

Before I address these myths one by one, it is important to understand that Exterior Solar Shades are becoming a significant part of many growing trends in architecture. For example, the Passive House movement has been gaining popularity in the USA. With the requirements of the Passive House to reduce energy costs by 90% over a traditional constructed home, Exterior Shading Solutions are becoming an integral part of Passive House design.

As a functioning element on the building façade, Exterior Shading Solutions are considered a part of Kinetic Architecture. Kinetic architecture is a concept through which buildings are designed to allow parts of the structure to move, without reducing overall structural integrity. Kinetic Architecture is becoming a force in sustainable building across the globe and a significant contributor to a growing trend in Exterior Window Shades. If these shades are to be successful as moving part of a structure, they must be reliable and robust. With that said, let’s examine the 4 most common myths about Exterior Shading Solutions:

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23 Jan 2018
January 23, 2018

Cable Guide Exterior Solar Shades

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The cable guide exterior solar shades system is elegantly designed and very versatile for both residential and commercial projects. The aluminum cassette is powdered coated in a range of standard colors or can be custom finished. The side cables are able to be mounted to the wall or floor as well as be integrated into the building façade. 

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23 Jan 2018
January 23, 2018

The Two Best Exterior Shades

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How can we determine the two best exterior shades that play a role in “sustainable design”?  To understand what shades are available play, we need to understand what is sustainable design. A good definition comes from the AIA website where it states that “sustainable design is a collaborative process that involves thinking ecologically— studying systems, relationships, and interactions—in order to design in ways that remove rather than contribute stress to systems”.

The last part of that statement - in order to design in ways that remove rather than contribute stress to systems – has an important association to exterior solar shades. This next generation in window coverings succeeds as a sustainably designed solution because it removes stress to systems by reducing over 85% the amount of solar energy entering a space and thereby reducing the amount of energy required for cooling. This is a certain qualifier for making the exterior solar shade a sustainable solution.

It is true that putting any type of solar shade fabric on the exterior side of a window can reduce solar heat gain. However, the critical question to ask is: What type of exterior solar shades are the best at reducing solar heat gain as well as, withstand high winds, have a long useful lifespan, is easy to maintain and provides a quick return on investment? Below are our two favorite exterior solar shade systems that we recommend for all your projects and are great at reducing stress to systems. 

Cable Guided Exteiror Shade:
The cable guide exterior shade system is elegantly designed and very versatile for both residential and commercial projects. The aluminum cassette is powdered coated in a range of standard colors or can be custom finished. The side cables are able to be mounted to the wall or floor as well as be integrated into the building façade. 

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29 Sep 2017
September 29, 2017

Cable Guide Exterior Shades Installation

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We would like to share a recent installation of Cable Guide Exterior Shades at a waterfront home in Connecticut. As you can see, the pictures of the the OBox , fabric and components were all designed to match the white exterior facade of the patio which turned out beautifully!

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14 Sep 2017
September 14, 2017

Roller Shade Boxes from Bandalux Contract

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We are pleased to offer a new range of Roller Shade Boxes Box from Bandalux Contract. Included are a vast variety of styles and sizes all custom engineered and designed for your project. Bandalux roller shade box systems are made with highly resistant aluminum components that guarantee their longevity. 

Our wide range of shade boxes by Bandalux Contract provide excellent sun protection, both interior and exterior, providing privacy, solar or blackout all designed for the clients needs. Read More 

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07 Jul 2017
July 07, 2017

Cable Guide Exterior Shades Installed at Passive House in Brooklyn

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The Architect Orlando Garcia of G-Ateliers Architecture has designed and built an amazing Passive House - Office Building on Sackett Street in the Columbia Waterfront District neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.

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