TECH ME HOME
Whether you want home cinemas, motorized window treatments, responsive lighting, or hi-tech energy-management systems, luxury home automation company TechMaven can help
“There needs to be a level of comfort with technology,” says Steve Meltzer, owner of luxury home automation company TechMaven. “Many people prefer their technology to disappear into the decor when not in use. They don’t want to see it. They don’t want to hear it. They don’t want any sense of it. We’re trying to maximize a client’s personal sanctuary in a way where the technology does not reduce that experience but enhances it.”
Thoughtful design is one of the cornerstones of a company founded in 2017 to bring elite domestic technology to ultra-high-end homes and properties, from mansion estates to private jets and yachts. Whether you’re looking to install next-generation Wi-Fi or go off-grid with clean and renewable energy systems, TechMaven’s staff can educate and advise on the right solutions to meet the aesthetics, usability and performance requirements of your individual space.
“It is a lifelong study of all the various technologies that go into your environment,” says Steve. “Not just audio or video, surveillance or security, not just lighting or shades, but everything. It’s about blending them into one seamless experience with intuitive control and not a disjointed, clunky experience.”
The company’s highly trained technologists have more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, working on projects as diverse as private basement bowling alleys and state-of-the-art home cinemas. It’s a level of expertise that attracts special requests from some of the most demanding customers.
“We once had a client looking to create an immersive meditation room with all-encompassing audio and video,” says Steve. “No one that I knew had done something like that before. We started working on some concepts for the client to sit on the floor, meditate, do some yoga positions but in front of a giant curved screen with an ultra-quiet projector and a very smooth soundstage, where you can’t pinpoint the technology. Think of Star Trek and the Holodeck, where you’re transported to another place as you’re meditating.”
With offices in New York and London, TechMaven’s team has worked on luxury addresses worldwide, from brand-new constructions to renovations and system upgrades. As a full-service operation, its staff can bring their heightened expertise to the concept, design, engineering, programming, management and installation of a project. Crucially, they also offer ongoing support to all of their customers.
“A lot of our competitors are focused on getting the project done, then just moving on to the next project,” explains Steve. “And they’re not giving clients the level of system support and maintenance that they need, especially around the clock. We wanted to start a much smaller company dedicated to exceptional customer service and the distinctive needs of our clients.”
It’s why TechMaven provides 24-hour technology assistance for its clients, 365 days of the year, wherever they are in the world. “We try as much as we can to be a name that they know,” says Steve. “Not a reactive technician that comes out and fixes something, but rather a proactive and personal technology concierge.”
It’s a personal approach to what are ultimately extremely personal projects. “When I meet with a client, I say: ‘You’re getting me’,” adds Steve. “I tell them that I’m the one who’s going to be there throughout the entire lifecycle of their project and thereafter. That’s what our clients want to hear.”