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Architect: Anmahian Winton Architects | Photography: Jane Messinger

Exterior view of a contemporary home with large windows and motorized roller shades.

We are designers, engineers, technology gurus, & product specialists.

Our team has diverse specialties and encompasses five brands: System 7, Wolfers Lighting, The Boston Shade Company, Back Bay Shutter Company, and MWA. Together, we offer a complete solution for the contemporary home, with expertise in lighting, shading, and the technology to bring it all together.

System 7 was founded in 2003 to provide simple, reliable, and aesthetically pleasing home technology solutions. Today, it is the technology design division of our company as well as the fount of inspiration for how we approach lighting and shading products at Wolfers and Boston Shade.

Everything we do flows from System 7's founding belief that home technology - including lighting and shading - should be simple to use, reliable to operate, and complement the beauty of your space rather than distract from it.

Established in 1931, Wolfers Lighting has been helping homeowners and trade professionals with lighting for nearly a century. Since merging with System 7 in 2017, our Wolfers' clients have accessed technology and shading solutions in addition to architectural & decorative lighting products.

You can find lighting fixtures from our favorite Wolfers manufacturers at the System 7 Experience Center in Boston. Look for a second Experience Center coming soon to Wellesley.

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The Boston Shade Company joined System 7 in 2013, and is New England's leading provider of automated smart shades. Through Boston Shade and Back Bay Shutter, we offer an extensive selection of custom window treatments, from solar shading to bespoke drapery.

The primary showroom for Boston Shade is our System 7 Experience Center.

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As of 2022, Back Bay Shutter Company is a part of System 7. In addition to automated shading, Back Bay Shutter offers custom interior wood shutters. They are known for their craftsmanship, attention to detail, and excellent customer service.

Together, Back Bay Shutter & Boston Shade make up the window treatment division of System 7.

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In 2019, the San Francisco-based technology consulting firm MWA joined the System 7 family. MWA operates as a residential technology consultancy, with a focus on projects in the western United States and Hawaii.

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Design Philosophy

In each of our designs, we explore the relationship between technology and architecture.  We believe technology should augment the beauty of a space and never distract from it. It should be simple to use and reliable.

These guiding principles inform every design choice and recommendation that we make. Today every project needs technology. We believe every project deserves good technology design.

"Technology Design is not about bits and bytes. It's about simplicity, reliability, and aesthetics."

Leadership

Gerard Lynch

Gerard Lynch

President

Bio

Gerard Lynch

Gerard Lynch

President

Having devoted the first part of his career to open standards software development, Gerard set his sights on another industry entangled with proprietary technologies after his patented software designs were acquired by Symantec in 2002.  He saw a growing need for home technology solutions that would involve less integration complexity, system downtime, and homeowner frustration.  And thus System 7 was born.

Today, System 7's clients embrace the firm's philosophy that a technology design should not be measured in terms of bits, bytes, or watts.  It should be measured by its simplicity, its reliability, and its beauty.

With this guiding mantra, System 7 has grown to become one of the nation's leading experts in residential technology design and implementation.

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Ashley Jacobson

Ashley Jacobson

Vice President

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Ashley Jacobson

Ashley Jacobson

Vice President

Twelve years ago, Ashley brought a fresh perspective to the technology integration market with her newly minted Masters Degree in Architecture from Wentworth.

Ashley quickly helped System 7 evolve from being an audio / video installer to becoming a trusted designer of lighting, controls, and shades for the Boston design community.

Ashley lives on the north shore of Boston with her husband and young son where they enjoy all forms of outdoor living, including time together on their boat in Newburyport and with family in Maine.

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Eric Hawley

Eric Hawley

Vice President

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Eric Hawley

Eric Hawley

Vice President

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Dusty Mendes

Dusty Mendes

Director of Design

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Dusty Mendes

Dusty Mendes

Director of Design

Dusty has a BS/BA dual degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of San Diego. After graduating, he spent eight years under at the preeminent design consultancy, RLS where Dusty designed commercial technology infrastructure for top Bay Area companies and institutions including Genentech, Square, NASA Ames, SFGH, GAP, Index Ventures, Brocade & the University of San Francisco.

In 2014, Dusty joined MWA. His move from commercial into high-end residential was motivated by a love of the artful integration of technology into architecture. Dusty has since worked on 160+ projects with world-class project partners including Walker Warner Architects, Olson Kundig, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Montalba Architects, Arcanum, Douglas Durkin, Nicole Hollis, Redhorse, and DowBuilt.

Dusty lives in San Francisco with his wife, Alyxe, and daughter, Poppy.

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Jessica Abramson

Jessica Abramson

Director of Shading

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Jessica Abramson

Jessica Abramson

Director of Shading

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Joyce Gravel

Joyce Gravel

Director of Lighting

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Joyce Gravel

Joyce Gravel

Director of Lighting

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Marty Schmidt

Marty Schmidt

Director of Brand & Client Experience

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Marty Schmidt

Marty Schmidt

Director of Brand & Client Experience

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