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Mr. Chalfin

Lawrence Chalfin

President, Samuelson Furniture

Founded in 1935, father and son duo, Harry and Samuel Chalfin started Invincible Parlor Frame Company, now known as Samuelson Furniture. Inspired by his grandfather and father, Lawrence Chalfin decided to join the family business in 1974 after having completed his college education at NYU and Julliard.

Mr. Chalfin is now President of Samuelson Furniture, the only fourth generation family-owned company solely dedicated to the hospitality sector, providing high-end casegoods and seating for 4- and 5-Star projects. This year, the company has entered its 85th year in business.

With guidance and support from his father, Mr. Chalfin shifted the company's focus towards the high-end residential market as well as seating and accent furniture for the hospitality market. He continued to institute change within the family business and transitioned the company into a hospitality-only provider of premium casegoods and seating in 2002 to satisfy the need for high caliber, custom furniture in hospitality properties.

Under Mr. Chalfin's leadership, Samuelson Furniture continues to provide beautiful and functional furniture for projects located all over the world including luxurious brands such as Rosewood Hotels and full service brands such as Disney Worldwide, Hyatt, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Intercontinental. Samuelson Furniture works with design firms around the globe that are raising the bar in hospitality design including Stonehill Taylor, Meyer Davis Studio, EOA, The Gettys Group, Simeone Deary Design Group, Streetsense, and many others.

Mr. Chalfin is also a charitable role model, having guided his company in corporate giving, both locally and beyond. Giving back is natural for Mr. Chalfin who strongly believes in helping his community, the design industry, and those less fortunate.

Please visit http://www.Samuelsonfurniture.com for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrence-chalfin-7b1b68a/

Mr. Chalfin can be contacted at +1 973-333-6090 or Lawrence-forum@samuelsonfurniture.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.