Innovative Glass Corp. has built a new showroom at its headquarters in Plainview, N.Y., giving visitors the opportunity to experience its eGlass in a simulation of a real-world setting. CEO Steve Abadi says the 3,000-square-foot showroom is comprehensive and displays every type of smart glass available in full size and scale.
Abadi has dreamed of this upgrade for the past ten years and was finally able to open the showroom last year. He says the $125,000 investment has paid off, doubling the company’s sales in the past year.
“It was difficult to explain to people and show them pictures and videos of our different installations opposed to touching and feeling the glass,” he says. “It’s a different experience being in a room and seeing the products. It’s difficult to imagine the effects when not actually using them.”
The company features its history, photos of installations and press coverage on the showroom walls.
“It lets the customer know that we have the experience to come up with a solution for them,” says Abadi.
One of the showroom’s major features is a configuration wall, which allows the company to mix and match the different technologies available.
“If a group of architects want to see glass with low iron, tint or low iron and low haze we have the ability to demonstration what that would look like without any surprises,” says Abadi.
He says that because the dynamic glass is not 100 percent clear, it’s important to allow architects and specifiers to see any potential haze so they can manage it in the process. A variety of lighting configurations are also available to show the effects on the glass.
Innovative Glass Corp. also has the Amazon Echo set up in the showroom to allow architects to test out voice controls with Alexa. The company has also set up smart phone and tablet applications to control the glass.
The company has a sliding breakaway door set up so that healthcare and facility designers can test it out without having to go to another hospital’s ICU. Glass provides a more antibacterial environment compared to curtains that need to be cleaned. The switchable glass can also be turned to a privacy setting using Alexa.
Throughout the showroom wire systems are concealed for aesthetics and safety, showing how the systems would appear in a real-life set up.
Shower doors, conference room walls, commercial glass, windows and more are on display in the showroom.