High-Tech Furnishings for Commercial Building Developments
Here at American Life, Incorporated, most of our investment opportunities are commercial building developments. We’ve talked before about how technology has made commercial construction more efficient. Today, we’ll talk about some of the newest trends in high-tech furniture, the items that fill up our buildings to attract customers and make our investment portfolios profitable.
In the past, we only noticed furniture if it was uncomfortable – that stiff chair in the doctor’s office or that mattress in the hotel that’s a bit too firm. Today, customers notice when furniture that doesn’t suit their needs – those without charging decks for their smartphones or a comfortable place to put their tablets. In response, the furnishings industry is working to keep up, developing pieces that accommodate the high-tech needs of today’s consumer.
Lighting. Technology advances in lighting have evolved to more than just sensor technology, which turns off lights when they’re not in use. Today’s lamps are equipped with charging stations and docks for smartphones, built-in speakers, smart lighting solutions, color-customized lighting, programmable kinetic lighting, and even image-projection lighting. Smart lighting solutions save energy on both indoor and outdoor configurations, potentially saving millions in the commercial building operations industry.
Seating. With charging stations, massage capabilities, and even privacy technology, seating options can be customized for the needs of the consumer. Smart ergonomic office chairs adjust to the posture of the individual, making eight hour shifts more comfortable – and employees are more productive. Other trends include seating that’s more residential in style, with comfortable options for working on laptops and tablets.
Walls and windows. New wall and window technologies can control sound, let you reconfigure entire rooms, and let you use natural light in a strategic way to cut back on heat and lighting costs. Smart glass can be Wi-Fi enabled to easily control heat and light and detect a room’s occupancy level.
Flexible furniture. For the hotel industry, meetings and events customers are an important source of revenue. Increasingly, customers are looking for unique and flexible furniture options that let organizers create perfect spaces for their meetings, product shows, and events.
Technology grows quickly, and furniture designers are keeping up with unique designs that help developers provide user-friendly environments for their tenants. If you would like to add US commercial development to your portfolio, contact American Life, Incorporated today. Our investment professionals can help you choose the opportunity that is the best fit for you. Contact us online, at 206-381-1690, at our US office at 2710 S. Hanford Street, Suite 100, in Seattle, Washington, or at any of our international offices in Shanghai, Tokyo, or London.