Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Connected Design
2019 Awards

Connected Design is pleased to announce a NEW awards program commending the best-designed technology and products that the Smart Home industry has to offer. Products and software solutions submitted for consideration in the awards program were judged by an esteemed panel of experts from the custom integration and design and architecture communities prior to their selection as our first-annual winners in this new and prestigious program.

In judging each product entry, the panel of experts was tasked with evaluating them on a set number of criteria that took into account the Design, Innovation, and Application of the product. Taking into consideration various elements within each category, the panel of experts scored each product on a scale of 1 to 5. The aggregate scores were then compiled and averaged, giving us our first-ever Connected Design Awards winners.

Before diving into the product award winners, Connected Design wanted to first recognize and send our sincerest thanks to the panel of judges who took part in this first annual awards competition. Without their hard work and dedication to the program, we wouldn't have been able to recognize these outstanding products. So, let's meet them.

  Michael Restrepo  

Restrepo Innovations


Restrepo Innovations is a concierge AV and Automation company driven by our extensive knowledge and experience, passion for technology, and dedication to our client’s satisfaction. Specializing in complex systems, large scale homes and estates, we offer every one of our client the highest level of service. Michael Restrepo has spent more than 19 years working in the field and perfecting his craft. His passion for all things technology and av leads Restrepo Innovations in utilizing cutting edge technologies while delivering reliable systems and easy to use interfaces. As an Authorized Crestron Dealer and Programmer, Restrepo Innovations is able to deliver the award winning technology to CEOs, corportate professionals, and luxury home owners throughout the country.

  Toni Sabatino  

Toni Sabatino Style


From the old-time grandeur of the tearoom at the New York Palace to the Art Deco beauty of the Chrysler building, or the coveted, laid-back feeling of the Hampton's, Toni Sabatino's style is a mix of high and low design elements with distinctive details that won't compromise the grace and period of a home's architecture. An award winning kitchen designer, Sabatino cut her chops working with a kitchen cabinet manufacturer, and then a distributer in-house, at the same time building a portfolio of over 1000 kitchens before launching her own firm. A native New Yorker, Sabatino has designed residential and commercial projects all over Manhattan as well as in Brooklyn, on Long Island, the Hampton's, Los Angeles and in resort destinations like Vermont, Palm Beach and Las Vegas. Toni is a proud member of the NKBA, Interior Design Society, Sustainable Furnishings Council and Is CLIPP certified.

  Chris Smith  

Cloud9 Smart


Chris Smith got a crash course in Sales at 17, running an inside sales program for a tool company. It was here he learned that if you out-hustled the competition in service and support you could win their business no matter the age. He broke into the AV industry pulling wires and getting certified programming home automation systems. After studying Sociology in Santa Barbara, California he moved to Boston to join Bowers & Willkins as a National Trainer before being promoted to Regional Sales Manager. When McIntosh Labs took interest he managed a sales team for them, and during their merger into World of McIntosh served as advisor, led the merging of sales teams, and oversaw the ambitious build-out of the WOM Townhouse in Soho. Working closely with Cloud9 on this project he decided to relocate to NYC permanently and join the Cloud9 team as COO. In his spare time he likes to run, with 3 half and 1 full marathon in the queue this year.

Many thanks to our judges.

But now, onto the winners...


VII Series Power



Austere's Series VII features six-and eight-outlet versions with advanced power options including Omniport USB with 45W USBC PD and USB C. It provides the flexibility to simultaneously power different technology products in an LED-lit, impeccably-designed package. It has a lifetime guarantee.


Smart Home OS3


Control4 introduced Smart Home OS 3, setting a new standard for the smart home by unifying nearly all connected devices in a home and bringing more than a thousand new capabilities across lighting, whole-home music and video, security, and comfort. Alongside the features they want in a connected home, they're supported by a professional for design, installation, and maintenance.

  DISH Network  

AirTV Mini



AirTV Mini is a 4K HDR compatible streaming stick, powered by Android TV. The voice-controlled, palm-sized device integrates Sling TV, Netflix and OTA channels, and fully supports Google Assistant. It creates a whole-home streaming solution when paired with an OTA antenna and an AirTV Wi-Fi-enabled network tuner.

  DISH Network  

Hopper Receiver with Google Assistant


The Google Assistant on DISH’s Hopper family receivers gives customers the ability to access all the Assistant has to offer via the DISH Voice Remote. With the press of a button, you can ask the Assistant questions like weather forecasts or games scores, control smart home devices and more. This integration empowers a custom integrator to introduce home automation and control to homeowners who aren’t ready to invest in a professional control system.


Intelligent Touch Panel



The ELAN Intelligent Touch Panel leverages face recognition and voice control technology to completely automate media, lighting, climate, shares, security and more. These enhancements allow for a fully interactive control experience that goes far beyond a standard touch panel.


Ultra 8K Active Fiber Optic HDMI Cable


FIBBR's Ultra8K 8K-HDR active fiber optic HDMI cable, supports the new Ultra High Speed with bandwidth capability up to 48Gbps (12Gbps each channel), 8k 60Hz or 4K 120Hz, up to 50m. The Ultra8K is made from the high-quality glass fibers, available exclusively from YOFC, the world's largest fiber producer.


Vantage EasyTouch Glass



EasyTouch Glass is an elegant, powerful replacement for light switches in today's smart homes. Thanks to a proprietary Vantage technique, the keypad offers a highly reflective, glass-like look with a smooth touch surface for a one-of-a-kind aesthetic.


QMotion Qadvanced Shades



QMotion has had a long heritage of solving window treatment challenges with advanced technology and a focus on aesthetics. The company was responsible for introducing the world's narrowest battery-operated roller shade. Working to solve the increasing number of window sizes at the other end of the size spectrum, QMotion expanded its Qadvanced Shades in new, larger sizes with the same attention to detail; sleek aesthetic; and easy installation for which the rest of the product family is well-known.

  Leon Speakers  

Ente SoundTile



Leon's Ente SoundTile may look like a piece of art, but behind the grill are two channels of reference-grade audio by Leon and power by the SONOS AMP. The perfect way to add a discrete zone of audio to any Sonos home, this plug-and-play solution brings enhanced sound and style to Sonos.

  LG Electronics  

LG Styler



LG Styler is the first-of-its-kind clothing care system that uses TrueSteam technology to easily care for denim, dress shirts and more, to keep clothing fresh every day. From a quick refresh cycle that only takes 20 minutes to longer specialty cycles, it works on more than 15 types of fabrics so you can keep wool, sequins, home linens and children's plush toys fresh. Plus, it reduces odors without chemicals or harsh soaps.


M2 Hive Wi-Fi System



The M2 Hive Wi-Fi system consists of a main router and four nodes, nicknamed bees, combined to form a decentralized network that supports up to 60 devices, covering up to 5,000 square feet. Additional nodes can be added, expanding coverage and supporting more even more devices.


LLC Wall Claddings



Pursuing new ideas, creative Geta offers a modern and unique wall cladding solution which will bring a brand new inspiration to interiors, presenting opportunities to those who love to experiment with new materials, colors and techniques. Its three-dimensional design will add a totally different texture and depth to living spaces.


Origami Theater



Rayva's Origami Theater offers transparency for the client and profit for the integrator/architect/designer. How? By presenting a Rayva Origami theater as a product rather than a project, homeowners know exactly what they are getting in terms of time involved to complete the end-to-end process, as well as the overall look and feel and performance.


Rocean One



Billions of bottles travel around the globe to quench our thirst for a moment and pollute our planet forever. One device can change everything. Meet the Rocean One, a single device that filters, flavors, and carbonates directly from your tap to create all of your favorite drinks.


55-inch The Frame TV 2019



TV when it's on, Art when it's off. The Frame transforms the empty black void left by traditional TVs into an innovative, gallery-like art display. Featuring 1000+ pieces of art and exceptional picture quality, The Frame represents a harmonious balance between form and function.


Family Hub for 2019



When Samsung first launched Family Hub, it was an experience based in food management, family connections and entertainment. The Family Hub for 2019 sets a new standard as the center of connected family.


Q900 8K TV



The Samsung Q900 delivers 8K resolution that larger screen sizes require, today. With its built in Quantum 8K Processor, the TV utilizes AI technology to upscale all content no matter what its original resolution, without any of the side effects found in traditional upscaling, while incorporating incredible design features like Ambient Mode. The result is a TV that looks just as good when it's off, as when enjoying your favorite entertainment content.

  Signature Kitchen Suite  

Integrated Wine Column



Luxury appliance innovator Signature Kitchen Suite has unveiled new wine column refrigerators that redefine wine storage and preservation. With unique, exclusive Wine Cave technology inspired by the traditional, historic old-world caves of wineries, the columns significantly reduce vibration.

We even made some Editors' Picks!





Instinct, the smart light switch with Alexa-built in, is the epitome of sophisticated intelligence, functionality, and design. It's unlike any light switch ever created. Instinct combines the performance of a Wi-Fi enabled smart switch with the convenience of integrated voice control in an unparalleled design, creating one of the most immersive smart home experiences to date.

  One Firefly  

Mercury Pro


With Mercury Pro, One Firefly aims to help custom electronics professionals present their brand message to the world through mobile-first web design that features the industry's best luxury lifestyle video, imagery and messaging.

  Polk Audio  

Legend Series



Polk Audio's new Legend Series are the most sophisticated loudspeakers the company has ever introduced. The new line is led by the flagship L800 tower speaker, which delivers powerful sound designed to blow away similarly priced components.