Boris Lurie Art Foundation conserves in style with Montel art rack storage system

With so many valuable pieces of art to preserve and so little room to work with, Montel designed a space-conscious hybrid art rack and smart storage installation we hope befits a legend like Boris Lurie.
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Artist Boris Lurie was a lot of things: a Holocaust survivor, a benevolent provocateur, a stock market master, a pioneer of the NO!art movement. What he wasn't, however, was shy about his convictions.

So when he died in 2008, he left behind a handwritten will with explicit instructions. Lurie wanted his closest friends to take the $80 million fortune he had amassed in penny stocks over his lifetime and start a foundation in his name, one that recognized and financially supported underappreciated artists who embodied the heart and soul of the NO!art movement.

Today, Lurie lives on in New York City through the Boris Lurie Art Foundation and with help from Gertrude Stein – director, art collector and lifelong friend. Stein and staff curate an extensive collection of Lurie's paintings, collages and writing (more than 3,000 pieces altogether), as well as work from other NO!artists.

With so many valuable pieces of art to preserve and so little room to work with – we are talking about New York City here – Montel designed a space-conscious hybrid art rack and smart storage installation we hope befits a legend like Lurie.

What did Montel build for BLAF?

The installation consists of seven sections, which alternate between a trio of mobile art racks and static cubby-style shelving of varying dimensions.

Each double-sided mesh art rack is slightly more than 10 feet tall, 8 feet wide and runs on a track nearly 20 feet long. Panels on the static shelving are matte black with a splash of bright red along the interior. These modules also contain narrow exhibition drawers.

A sliding divider separates the storage from the rest of the room it occupies. Montel also built longer, deeper drawers and tall bookcase shelving around the outside of the installation.

As an art historian would examine and interpret a painting, let's take a closer look at the individual brushstrokes that make this smart storage solution a real masterpiece.

"Montel smart storage is not form over function."

Color theory
No conversation on art gallery storage would be complete without touching on aesthetics. The black and red coloring makes the whole installation pop. Customers can choose from a manifold palette of colors when designing the perfect storage solutions for their unique spaces.

That said, a Montel storage installation is not, however, form over function.

Another kind of art movement
Retractable art racks allow the BLAF storage space to transform at will from safe repository for priceless works to a social environment where visitors and curators can experience Lurie and other NO!artists up close.

Both the fronts and the backs of each rack has its own hanging plane. Paintings and hardware hung from one side, therefore, do not take up space on the opposite side, which protects art from damage and doubles capacity. Each art rack track-and-wheel system is engineered for stability and smooth operation, no matter the size or weight of the paintings it holds.

It's really all about what isn't there
Is Montel's installation at BLAF merely a system of shelves and racks? Or is it an experiment in utility of negative space?

All available vacancies throughout the module serve a primary mission: to reclaim as many cubic feet as possible in the name of smarter storage. BLAF employees now have dozens of long horizontal and vertical rectangular cubbies of varied dimensions at their disposal. Regardless of how they choose to organize the collection, they can do so with unprecedented spatial efficiency and respect for the pieces therein, thus preserving it all for another generation.

Are you interested in commissioning an art storage solution all your own? Contact your local Authorized Montel Distributor today for more information or check out another instillation Montel built at the Clyfford Still Museum.

Montel mobile shelving trains Sports Experts to be a retail storage champion

Montel stepped in for the assist by installing three different smart storage systems across several Sports Experts locations, including this one in Laval, Quebec.
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With more than 100 stores across Quebec, sporting goods retailer Sports Experts knows how to reach a wide audience of active Canadians.

Inventory excesses, however, have always been a sticking point. As athletic trends evolve, new products enter the market, and seasons change, Sports Experts found many of its stores struggling to stay ahead of demand and organize its stock. 

Montel stepped in for the assist by installing three different smart storage systems across several locations, including this one in Laval, Quebec. Check out the video below or on Montel.com.

What sporting goods storage solutions did Montel build?

In the main warehouse, Montel constructed a five-carriage dual-access SmartSpace mechanical-assist mobile storage module. Each 30+ foot unit has two of Montel's patented SafeCrank handles for effortless access and pushbutton locks that hold aisles open while occupied.

In the store's reception area, which is both a storage space and a workspace, Montel installed two manual mobile shelving units. At 16 feet long each, these shelves maximize capacity without disrupting operations in the adjacent offices. The soccer and ice skating warehouses also received storage updates with two lateral sliding systems affixed to stationary shelves already in use.

How does mobile sporting good storage help retailers do more with less?

If you've ever checked out the Montel blog before, you know that we serve many different businesses in many different industries. And while a lack of storage space is something everyone everywhere can relate to, each of our customers has unique reasons for reaching out.

Sports Experts is no exception. So how will additional storage with a variety of mobile shelving modules change how this retailer does business?

Savings from season to season
Ever wonder where footballs go in the spring? Or where track shorts disappear to in the dead of winter? The answer is obvious: They go into storage.

But when the seasons change, sporting goods retailers must rotate their SKUs. Everything still on the selling floor goes into its respective warehouse and all the latest gear moves out to where customers can buy it. Without a streamlined inventory switch-out process, things can go haywire very quickly. And if you're simultaneously scheduling deliveries from off-site storage facilities, you're guaranteed to take a hit in efficiency somewhere.

"Without a streamlined switch-out process for inventory, things can go haywire."

Instead, why not do what Sports Experts did and take full advantage of on-site storage resources? With its infinitely customizable architecture, SmartSpace mobile shelving units can conform to the exact measurements inventory managers need them to, saving valuable capacity while exhausting every cubic inch of space.

Sports Experts has the power to build storage around their products instead of trying to make do with static, prefabricated shelving. Is there a better way to design an inventory space that runs on common sense?

Refreshing replenishment
Apparel and shoes are hot-ticket items at sporting goods stores like Sports Experts, so desired that it's not uncommon for popular sizes to fly off the racks. But when customers ask store clerks to check their inventories for sold-out sizes, employees will either clinch these sales or send shoppers to their competitors.

Better organization through mobile shelving makes that possible. Speedy retrieval speaks volumes to customers. And with 50 percent greater storage efficiency than traditional shelving, retailers can order larger volumes of popular sizes and retain them on-site so replenishments are few and far between and customers are always satisfied.

Power-packed pricing
Before bringing goods out where customers can see them, try them on and buy them, store clerks have to price everything. Sports Experts retailers conduct all their pricing operations in their on-site warehouses. Because of the limitations of static shelving, similar products may be grouped separately across the storage area, making accurate pricing a real chore.

Again, Montel saved the day with mobile shelving. Adjustable units squeeze every last drop of space out of their warehouses without overloading them. Inventory managers can arrange shoes, clothing and equipment according to their preferred organizational models. Clerks can price SKUs one at a time, thereby reducing mix-ups and mistakes.

Interested in learning more about how mobile sporting goods storage enhances any retail location, sports team or recreational center? Read about it on our blog or reach out to your local Authorized Montel Distributor today.

Zenith Aviation embarks on a journey to efficiency with SAFERAK powered mobile racking

Zenith Aviation overcame the odds and achieved new heights by updating its traditional inventory racking to a state-of-the-art powered mobile racking system.
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Before airplanes take to the skies and deliver passengers to faraway destinations, they pass, in pieces, through aircraft parts distribution centers.

Bob Stanford, CEO of Zenith Aviation in Fredericksburg, Virginia, understands well the plight of his industry. Even disassembled, aircraft are still aircraft. They’re big and heavy and an absolute bother to store efficiently.

With help from Montel’s expert installation team, Zenith Aviation overcame the odds and achieved new heights by updating its traditional inventory racking to a state-of-the-art powered mobile racking system:

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Introducing HI-BAY MOBILE high-density solutions for off-site storage

If traditional static shelving options leave you desiring more, imagine what your off-site storage would be capable of with HI-BAY MOBILE from Montel.
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Do you have an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality about your off-site storage?

Storing goods away from your main facilities doesn’t make those things any less important or less susceptible to inefficiency. If traditional static shelving options leave you desiring more, imagine what your off-site storage would be capable of with HI-BAY MOBILE from Montel.

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6 industry-leading safety features built into Mobilex mechanical-assist mobile shelving [Video]

Goucher College, Baltimore, MD. Assembled by Douron Inc., Authorized Montel Distributor in Maryland.
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In the industrial spaces where high-density storage performs the greatest service – warehouses, off-site storage facilities and the like – all business must be built from the foundation of safety.

While the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports indicate the rates of fatal and non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the private sector are decreasing, facilities managers and site supervisors can’t let their guards down. After all, any number higher than zero is not worth celebrating.

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Why retailers won’t survive 2017 without mobile shelving with multi-carriage movement

Montel can help you move mountains (of inventory) in seconds without breaking a sweat.
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You don’t have to hit the gym to feel strong; Montel can help you move mountains (of inventory) in seconds without breaking a sweat.

Sounds crazy, right? Well, as the world’s leading experts in high-density mobile storage solutions, we’re not ones to back down from any challenge, even one as big as this one. Today, we’d like to highlight an underrepresented but valuable feature of our mechanical-assist Mobilex shelving system: the ability to effortlessly move multiple carriages at once.

The following video features Mobilex renowned to be the smoothest mechanical-assist mobile storage system in the industry. You will notice in this video a retail store employee moving effortlessly at once 4 x 36 feet long mobile carriages. Let’s do the Mobilex maths:
1,000 lb per linear foot
x 36 feet long carriages for this application  (36,000 lb load capacity per carriage)
x 4 Carriages
= 144,000 lb total weight load capacity
The user shown in this video could potentially move 144,000 lb with one hand! Unbelievable…. isn’t.
Imagine how more productive a retail store can be if the staff is capable of moving multiple units at once vs. other systems where each mobile shelving unit would need to be moved one at a time.  The fact that employees are more productive with a Mobilex system in any back store obviously means additional sales.
With its unique gear ratio and the superior quality of its components, Montel can easily claim to have the best recipe for the smoothest operating mobile shelving storage system.

 

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HEC Montréal rewrites the book on library storage with help from Montel

HEC Montreal has it all - a beautiful campus, diverse student body and innovative educative resources. What it didn't have, however, was state-of-the-art library storage. But things have changed.
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Internationally acclaimed management school HEC Montréal has it all – a beautiful campus, diverse student body and innovative educative resources.

What HEC Montréal didn’t have, however, was a state-of-the-art library storage system, one that met the high academic standards set by faculty and allowed learners to take full advantage of its collection of 300,000 monograph reference books and 1,400 periodicals.

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History Colorado brings the past into the future with state-of-the-art museum storage installation

See for yourself how Montel helped History Colorado completely reinvent its museum and anthropological storage with SmartShelf 4-Post hybrid shelving and a Mobilex mobile shelving system.
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History Colorado provides the Denver community with a link to the past through expansive collections of archived documents, photographs and sundry artifacts. It is a commitment the organization has upheld for nearly 150 years.

But with such a varied catalog of sensitive items to curate and protect, the popular historical society, museum and educative center needed more from its storage area. See for yourself how Montel helped History Colorado completely reinvent its museum and anthropological storage with SmartShelf 4-Post hybrid shelving and a Mobilex mobile shelving system.

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Get your smart storage ideas off the ground with hanging storage solutions

With customizable crossbars and rods capable of countless configurations, hanging storage has the power to store anything with unusual dimensions effortlessly.
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Even storage experts like us can admit that not everything belongs on a shelf. Some items are too long, too thin, too cumbersome to sit sideways on a shelf with any efficiency whatsoever.

But what are your other options? Stand these items in a bunch at the corner of the storeroom where people will trip over them? Of course not.

Instead, we suggest you invest in Montel’s hanging storage solutions, which affix to existing Montel shelving products or directly to a wall. With customizable crossbars and rods capable of countless configurations, hanging storage has the power to store anything with unusual dimensions effortlessly.

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5 bright ideas for whiteboard end panels on mobile shelving units

Have you ever thought about all the things you could do with end-panel whiteboards on your mobile shelving?
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Steve Jobs loved whiteboards, or so the legend goes. It’s hard to imagine the late mastermind behind Apple and Pixar without a whiteboard as his backdrop.

Montel actually designed a Mobilex mobile shelving for Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., complete with – you guessed it – full-length whiteboards as the end panels.

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