Interior designer Robert Burg wins year-long competition with seamless integration of smart home technology in his exquisite design.
Drum roll, please! Interior designer Robert Burg of Robert Burg Design has taken home the win for showcasing jaw-dropping cutting-edge home automation technology use in the Chateau on Central Design Challenge Arizona. For over 20 years, Burg has been recognized for creating beautiful, high end residential and resort style living spaces with a European sensibility for his clients around the world. Burg took home the win for his unique design of the five-story, 5,400 square-foot chateau, integrating the most innovative home automation technology from Crestron Electronics. The decision was announced at a grand reveal party at Chateau on Central in Phoenix, Arizona on February 26, where ticketed guests were invited to tour the properties and vote on their favorite design.
With the goal of bringing the design and luxury real estate communities together, the year-long, exclusive competition featured three award-winning, A-list designers selected from 25 applicants.Each was given a budget and their own brownstone from the Chateau on Central residences to design from an empty shell to a fully-furnished residence complete with world-class home automation technology from Crestron. Chateau on Central is one of the most exclusive luxury addresses in midtown Phoenix, featuring 20 spacious five-story brownstone residences complete with their own elevators.
Burg and the other two contestants, Beth McGhee of SB Design and Charles Glover of Charles Glover Interiors, each worked closely with local technology integrator Dennis Sage Home Entertainment to design and install Crestron’s powerful systems perfectly tailored to each unique space. At the heart of each home is a state-of-the-art Crestron 3-Series Control System®, which provides intuitive control of lights, shades, thermostats, AV, and more from spectacular Crestron HD touch screens on every floor.
The beauty of using smart home technology like this is that homeowners can control their environments with ease, with just a push of a button on a smart phone, tablet or one of Crestron’s own touchscreens, keypads or handheld remotes. The possibilities are endless as one can connect an infinite amount of devices, so the technology is completely scalable to meet whatever the need might be – whether it’s controlling the lighting, thermostats, televisions, or even the pool.What’s more, the designers never had to compromise their vision for their chateaus because the technology integrates seamlessly and is essentially invisible, and is also customizable down to the smallest of details.
The distinguished panel of judges for the competition included Luis D. Ortiz from the hit show Million Dollar Listing New York;Monica Monson of Monson Luxury Group at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty; fashion, design and interior architect Oscar De lassalas; and fashion and design consultant Kelly Persellin.
In addition to raising more than $20,000 for Stars of the Season benefitting Arizona-based Cardon Children’s Medical Center at the grand reveal party on February 26, the competition awarded Burg with a grand prize of four round trip tickets to New York City, a three night stay in luxurious accommodations, a $10,000 Rolex watch from Coffin and Trout, and of course, the highest honor of Top Designer for the Chateau on Central Design Challenge Arizona.
For a close look at all of the stunning designs from the Chateau on Central Design Challenge, you can view these photos courtesy of Haute Event Photography.