Finland Memories: An Impressive Schindler Hotel Elevator

The elevator travels in a black-wire shaft.

Last year, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Helsinki, courtesy of KONE, to tour their newly remodeled underground high-rise elevator test laboratory and shaft, the deepest in the world. While that was clearly a highlight of the trip, the magic of Helsinki was on full display at every turn, including at the hotel where KONE put up its journalist guests. Located in a historic building steps away from Helsinki’s South Harbor, it is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and has hosted the likes of the Dalai Lama and Kylie Minogue. It is a beautiful place with an interior that reminds one of a fairytale castle. Attention is paid to every detail, including its elevator, an impressive installation by Schindler that features a stainless steel and rich wood cab that travels in a black-cage shaft in the center of a white marble staircase. I should have videotaped its smooth, elegant operation, but these pictures will have to do!

The Schindler elevator in Hotel Haven has a stylish stainless-steel and wood cab.

Detail of a ceiling in Hotel Haven



Meet Walton Press

Just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, lies the small town of Monroe, which has been the home of Walton Press since 1900. Walton Press now serves as the printer for ELEVATOR WORLD magazine. On February 15 and 16, Elevator World’s Vice President of Production, Lillie McWilliams, along with myself, had the privilege of visiting the press to see their process. The timing worked out great, too, as we were actually able to see our magazine going through the printing process!

The level of pride everyone at Walton Press puts into their work results in a quality magazine, not only for us, but for you — our readers.

We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone we met at Walton Press for being such wonderful hosts.

Check out some of these photos from our visit!

Here, one of several signatures that make up a copy of ELEVATOR WORLD magazine, is being run through the giant heat press and folding machine


And the final result is good!


Another impressive piece of machinery at Walton Press




Got ink? Walton Press has a lot of it!



Some of the Walton Press team with myself and EW VP of Production, Lillie McWilliams

“Could Get Boring”

Is this screen familiar to you? It was to me this past weekend when I switched hard drives in my computer. Though my first thought wasn’t that elevator music needed to be playing through my speakers as the files migrated, that’s apparently an option. Instant Elevator Music automatically plays downbeat tunes while you wait for programs to open, files to copy and downloads to download. Softonic reviews it as being “pretty funny,” “low on resources” and customizable, with only one knock everybody saw coming: “could get boring.”