5 things the “ordinary” person can do to honor Earth Day 2014

photo of the Grand Tetons in Wyoming taken by Martin Pierce Hardware

photo of the Grand Tetons in Wyoming taken by Martin Pierce Hardware

Earth Day 2014 is/was April 22, 2014.  On this day individuals, businesses and communities from around the country are given a reminder to take a look at their personal and business practices to see how they measure up when it comes to environmental issues.

While there are many rules and regulations handed down to manufacturers, builders and other businesses to adhere to, the ordinary person can also make a contribution to the environmental movement; thereby making this world a better place to live for current and, maybe more importantly, future generations.

  1. Perhaps the easiest way to live a green life is buy locally–locally grown, locally manufactured and locally created.  This not only reduces transportation costs and energy usage, it benefits the local economy by keeping your dollars in your own neighborhood and keeps your neighbors employed.
  2. Even easier than buying locally is to monitor your thermostat.  Turn the heat down during the colder months and place an extra blanket on the beds; and turn the heat up during the warmer months.  Experts recommend a comfortable 68 degrees during the daylight hours in winter  (and a good ten degrees lower when you go to bed) and 78 degrees when you are home in the summer and completely off when you leave the house.
  3. These days water conservation concerns are at an all time high.  Many states, including California, are suffering from drought conditions that have been present for years. There is no better time to replace water wasting fixtures like toilets, faucets, shower heads and appliances, with energy efficient products.  This might even result in some tax savings next year so check your individual state and local regulations and requirements.
  4. Properly dispose of electronic and toxic waste.  Many communities and businesses offer electronic waste “fairs” that make it possible for you to drop off old computers, televisions, cell phones, printers and other electronic equipment as well as empty paint and varnish cans, and other toxic materials that could harm the environment if placed in the landfills.
  5. We have all seen the commercials wrapping the earth in disposable water bottles. Reusable water bottles and shopping bags will reduce this waste by the ton.

Other ways to live an eco-friendly life:

  • Recycle as much as possible
  • Repurpose or reclaim old wood and metal into other usable items
  • Use natural fibers in upholstery and rugs such as hemp, wool, cotton.
  • Use natural latex and/or recycled foam in upholstered items
  • Choose low VOC paints and stains

And, best of all, plant a tree!

To view our custom architectural hardware collection, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

 

 

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Great news for hospitality designers attending HD Expo 2014

As with all of the exhibitors, we are very busy preparing for and excited about attending the HD Expo in Las Vegas again this year and sharing many of our favorite products, as well as debuting several new items.

Morphic cylindrical door pull from Martin Pierce Custom Hardware

Morphic cylindrical door pull from Martin Pierce Custom Hardware

We hope to share with you the prototype for our new LED lit entryway lever that we feel could be one of the most exciting innovations in hospitality design.  This hardware is not only beautiful but provides safety and function for all of your hotel, retirement home, spa and boutique hotel clients.

We will also be debuting our new powder coated line from our Morphic custom hardware series.  This new addition will allow you to further customize your client’s spaces with a color that is either part of the overall design plan or represents and highlights their specific brand.

And, while we have been sharing the fact that we will be giving away ten of our dragonfly or scarab beetle drawer pulls, we have decided to double that and give away 20 of these unique pieces of hardware to the first twenty visitors to our booth #4659.  So be sure and stop by early, see our products, say hello and collect your custom bronze drawer pull.

You can view our entire collection of architectural hardware on our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

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Martin Pierce invites you to join us at the HD Expo 2014

Our invitation that recently appeared in the HD Expo newsletter:
Martin Pierce would like to invite you to come join us at HD Expo 2014.
COME SEE OUR NEW DOOR HANDLES BOOTH 4659

This year we will be introducing our latest Morphic door handles in 316 stainless steel and bronze and will be offering you the choice of custom powder coated colors. We will also be debuting our first prototype LED handle, geared to those in the luxury hospitality market, we expect this illuminated design will become a signature statement. As a company we offer a full range of door hardware that includes trim for electronic key cards, bathroom and cabinet accessories and styles suited to all genre of boutique hotels be they contemporary, classical or transitional.

Booth: 4659
Contact: Anne Pierce, CEO
Email: anne@martinpierce.com
Phone: (323) 939-5929
Website: http://www.martinpierce.com
martin pierce morphic handles with orange background
The first 20 visitors to our booth will receive a bronze cabinet pull!
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Add color to your hardware with a powder coated finish

 

We will be debuting several new pieces at the upcoming 2014 HD Expo and one that we are particularly excited about is the new powder coated interior of our Morphic cylindrical pull. We have chosen the vibrant hot orange color shown above from Prismatic Powders but, as with all of our architectural hardware products, your choice of color can be customized to meet your needs.

Powder coating is an extremely durable way of adding an accent color to hardware, specifically the pieces in our Morphic series where the colored, powder coated finish will be visible through the openings in the design.

Morphic in brushed finish

Morphic in brushed finish

 

As its name suggest, powder coating is achieved by shooting powder onto a metal surface that has been specially prepared to receive the powder.   The process involves masking off the areas you want to be free of color and then baking on the applied color at a fairly high temperature.  This is a common finish for patio furniture as well as for hot rod motorbikes. The biggest design advantage is that it allows you to add your brand stamp to our products i.e. a commercial setting that has a brand color, thereby reinforcing the client’s brand.

As a company we offer a full range of architectural door hardware that includes trim for electronic key cards, bathroom and cabinet accessories and styles suited to all genre of  boutique hotels be they contemporary, classic or transitional.  To see our new powder coated hardware as well as a sampling of our custom hardware, stop by our booth #4659 at the HD Expo or visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

 

 

 

 

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2014 HD Expo Countdown and a great giveaway

Well it is hard to believe that the first quarter of 2014 has come and gone and here we are in April.  Not sure about where you live, but in Los Angeles the sky is blue and the winds are brisk, typical spring weather, and the Jacaranda trees and desert flowers are in bloom.

We are busy preparing ourselves and our products for the trip to Las Vegas to join designers, architects and hundreds of exhibitors at the 2014 HD Expo, held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center.  We will be occupying booth #4659 this year and are excited to share not only some of our more popular items but we will also be debuting some new pieces of architectural hardware that we know you will enjoy.

On top of all that, the first ten visitors to our booth will receive one of our scarab or dragonfly drawer pulls to use in their own home or office.  These little functional pieces of art feature exquisite detailing that makes them a joy to look at and handle.

dragonfly drawer pull from Martin Pierce Hardware

dragonfly drawer pull from Martin Pierce Hardware

Some believe that the scarab beetle represents the rising sun and is a symbol of development and growth but we see it as a unique drawer pull that will add interest to your custom hospitality design projects.

scarab beetle pull from Martin Pierce Hardware

scarab beetle pull from Martin Pierce Hardware

Martin Pierce will be on hand to discuss your individual projects so we look forward to speaking with each of you.

You can view our entire collection of custom hardware on our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.

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10 tips to help you organize your trade show booth–Part 2

 

Martin Pierce Custom Hardware booth at HD Expo Las Vegas

Martin Pierce Custom Hardware booth at HD Expo Las Vegas

In our previous post we discussed all that is involved in being an exhibitor at a large trade show such as the 2014 HD Expo.  We have developed this checklist that may help you organize the process and actually enjoy yourselves:

  1. Select the size and type of booth you will be renting.  Will it be a corner booth, how close to the entrance is it, are there complimentary exhibitors nearby etc?
  2. Decide which pieces you will be debuting and which signature pieces to take
  3. Design and make the plinths and mock-up doors that will display your pieces
  4. Design the fabric banners that will separate and enclose your booth
  5. Decide how much to spend promoting your booth at the show. This is in one of the most expensive aspects of the show as it involves upgrading your listing on the official website by adding images that can be showcased on the site; enhancing your appearance in the official Show Guide with a full page or half page advert; promoting attendance at your booth by means of a physical postcard mailing etc.
  6. Arrange transportation for both you and your products.  Fortunately for us we are within driving distance so we rent a van and drive to the show 2 days before the show begins.  This allows us plenty of time to set up the booth.
  7. Book accommodations – we always rent a self-contained flat so we can have our breakfast and dinner in a quiet and calm environment.
  8. Rent a lead retrieval system so that you can scan and record details about people visiting your booth
  9. Rent necessary chairs and tables from the show administrators
  10. On arrival find out where you need to unload your van and if you are able to use the “caddie” system to get your products to your booth. This is very effective as you literally pay the staff by the trip to move your pieces on a small electronic cart. If you have larger displays then you will have to crate your goods, organize a shipping company and hope that nothing gets damaged. You also will have to pay substantially for what is known as “material handling” which is the cost of getting your crate delivered to your booth. We have been down this road before and as a result re-designed our booth to easily “break down” into easily manageable components.

We would love to hear your input on how you handle your booth as an exhibitor or what you as a participant look for from exhibitors.  And to view our entire collection of custom hardware, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com  See you in booth #4659.

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Oh the joys of organizing oneself for a trade show–Part 1

When you attend a tradeshow such as the HD Expo there is always an Exhibit Hall chock full of pretty booths that proudly display the wares of the exhibitors.  The room is full of light and energy and is an exciting place to be.  But for most exhibitors, such as ourselves, there is a tremendous amount of work that goes into organizing and setting up the booth before the convention participants enter.

Fortunately for us, the HD Expo is “local” (Las Vegas), allowing us to rent a van and make the relatively short 5 hour trip with our display in tow.  As we are a small custom hardware company with a somewhat high end niche product we are very “hands on” in the design, set up and time spent in the booth during the Expo.  Larger companies will often invest considerable sums of money to create very slick and elaborate booths.  By comparison, our focus is on showing key pieces and debuting new pieces; and while our booth is certainly pleasing, the emphasis is squarely on the product.

Our booth at 2013 HD Expo

Our booth at 2013 HD Expo

Martin Pierce is on hand, making it possible for hospitality designers and architects to meet him and personally discuss their projects to find out the feasibility of customizing our designs to meet their needs.  So you will meet both Martin and Anne Pierce in booth #4659 this year (as in prior years).

As I mentioned earlier, a tremendous amount of work and stress is involved in creating a pleasing booth.  Choosing the right combination of both signature and new pieces to squeeze into a 20′x10′ booth is challenging.  It is for this reason that we attend just one show a year; so we search for a show that focuses heavily on the professional design community who are, after all, our patrons and those who specify our work to their clients.

We like to debut new pieces at the show but there is a process in deciding what pieces are ready for their debut.  There are several stages involved in launching a new piece including several prototypes necessary to get it “just right”.   Add to this the marketing of the new pieces which begins with professional photographs, a digital CD (handed out at the show) along with a newly designed CD cover. And, of course, the website must be updated with these new products before the show.  Finally, we will prepare a press release that will get digitally distributed through the shows website.

Whew…I am tired just writing it all down.  In our  next post we will share a checklist that keeps us organized before, during and after the show.

If you would like to view our collection of custom architectural hardware, please visit our site at http://www.martinpierce.com.  And be sure and stop by our booth #4659 at the 2014 HD Expo next month.

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