New doorbell push-button designs add a small but detailed option for specifiers
In order to prevent the switch from damage as a result of vandalism, abuse, and weather, Morris designed the housing to protect it from direct exposure to sunlight and rain as well as from the full force of impact. After a three-year search, Morris chose a high-grade electronics switch with silver-plated contacts rated for over 100,000 operations.
Intended for residential and commercial use, the bell-pushes are designed with concealed mounting fasteners and are LED backlit. The long-life LED provides neutral white illumination suitable for all finishes. In order to be used as a guest-room occupancy indictor for hospitality applications, the push-button switch can be changed to a rotary switch and the illumination changed to a two-color LED. The bell-pushes are available to match Von Morris’s six signature collections—Bamboo, Beaded, Deco, Moorestown, Ribbon & Reed, and Weave—as well as in traditional Square Bevel, Oval, and Palladian styles. Sizes range from a small and large rose to an oblong shape.
All Von Morris products are manufactured in the company’s factory in China. According to Morris, the Chinese factory recycles brass scrap, as well as steel scrap, cardboard, shipping crates, and even sawdust, which is mixed with soap powder and used by employees to wash their hands after work.
Morris feels it is the painstaking attention to detail in his company’s small but vital products that appeal to architects. His clientele includes Robert A.M. Stern Architects, who specified the Moorsetown suite entry sets, ring door knockers, suite bell-pushes, and custom suite door viewers for the 10 Rittenhouse Square mixed-use project under construction in Philadelphia. Von Morris, Camden, N.J. www.vonmorris.com
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