Last month I attended Salamander Designs’ first ever ‘design : tech connection’ event at their Bloomfield, Connecticut headquarters. They also do manufacturing at the facility and they brought together somewhere in the ballpark of 40+ technology designers, integrators, architects and interior designers to talk about and demonstrate the technology of their furniture design.
You know, furniture is a huge business and designing furniture that fits aesthetically into modern office and residential designs, while doubling as cabinets for electronics, is what Salamander specializes in. At this event there were also technology vendors who partnered with Salamander, so it was a cool event. Along with Salamander, the co-host that night was Connecticut-based ACT Associates. This consultancy group specializes in designing corporate conferencing spaces, so the symbiosis of the co-hosts was evident in the presentations.
I talked with Salamander founder Sal Carrabba and he explained “Between AV guys and designers, relationships have been forever contentious. We very much want to build bridges Which is why this event really was an inaugural one, with future such gatherings certain to follow.”
There were four main showroom displays demonstrating various technologies with Salamander solutions and they put on an impressive factory tour. The 94K square foot factory is powered by solar panels and they even manage to sell back excess energy to the local power company. All in all, a very impressive evening from the folks at Salamander.