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Are You A “Technicurean”?

signature kitchen suite steakYou may be and not even know it! “Technicurean”, is a new term, cross pollinating tech enthusiasm with epicurean tendencies, creating the perfect pairing for modern entertaining at home. Signature Kitchen Suite, a brainchild of the tech minded folks at LG, is a new entry into the luxury home appliance market that brings technology in the kitchen to a whole new level. I have been intrigued by a sous vide feature that is a full top bay of a 48″ professionally styled range, with individual timers that will alert to your cell phone. If you are unaware of sous vide, it is a technique for keeping food at the perfect serving temperature for hours!  I have been intrigued by the entire brand, really, that calls itself “true to food”, since the initial launch last year. My interest was further piqued by experiencing the timers of the Signature Kitchen Suite range at the CEDIA EXPO, a technology trade show, while participating in the Design Connection Tour, bringing together interior designers and technology companies and integrators. Who wouldn’t want tech to make the kitchen more convenient when entertaining and paying homage to your inner foodie? On a very exciting note, I have been invited to try out these appliances and experience the brand culture of Signature Kitchen Suite at their experience center in California this week. I will be in the fine company of designer, blogger and social media maven members of MODENUS Designhounds, while eating, drinking, cooking, touring vineyards, learning features and soaking up all the “true to food” technicurean culture I can! I am sure there will be much to report. Stay tuned!

:) Toni signatute kitchen suite range signature kitchen suite timer  photos courtesy of Signature Kitchen Suite

What is CEDIA EXPO? And why you should know………

cedia floorCEDIA, an acronym for the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association, has been around for some time. According to their website, “the association powers integrators’ passion by providing development pathways that move them to the next level by providing education, community, resources, and vision. CEDIA members deliver technology solutions that allow people to have their best moments in life from the comfort of their own home: life lived best at home.”

As an interior designer, I am always inquisitive about ways to improve a space, not just making it look better but making it function better, so getting a better understanding of technology for the home is a natural. I recently attended the CEDIA Expo as part of Design Connection Tour aimed at giving interior designers a look at current tech offerings. The CEDIA Expo was like a pop up theme park for A/V and home automation techies, and the eye and ear candy were everywhere!seura smart seura

The smart mirror offered by Seura advertised that mornings will never be the same… I agree! This touch screen mirror connects you with your world as you ready yourself to face it!

samsung 2New 8K television technology from Samsung and something called “the wall” offered a picture that made you want to reach into the screen! The “Frame” and ambient mode also from Samsung, offer solutions so beautiful you can leave the TV in plain sight or hide it in plain sight! An interior designer’s dream!

samsung frame

I challenge you to find the TVs in the gallery above!

Home theatre offerings from Barco Residential were impressive and there is something to work with every aesthetic. They won an award at the show!

Solutions for hiding the TV behind art from Leon Speakers piqued my interest. They also offered a multitude of custom speaker solutions and had a great airstream trailer in the booth!

Check out this Leon Speakers video

I also saw new offerings from Nexus 21, a company that creates automated TV lifts, that has been a go to on some of my projects.

Home security and automation of lighting and entertainment come up when discussing lifestyle with clients. Voice control from Josh.ai as well new solutions that integrate EVERYTHING with your smart phone from Control 4 were mind blows in terms of creating homes that have a user experience that equals the aesthetic. I feel that is the goal of good interior design.josh ai 2 control 4 intercom anywhere

During the show I had the opportunity to host a panel on that topic, The Impact Of Technology On Lifestyle Design, sponsored by Women in Consumer Technology. Our panel talked about the need for the design community and tech community to work together to enhance the smart home experience. Tech has come a long way. You can go all in without fear of obsolescence as the model can include cloud based updates and integrate new equipment to existing systems or you can start small with a single automated light switch and add on later. The possibilities are fascinating!

panel discussion

 

 

What was sci-fi when I was a kid is now sci-fact and I’m excited to work with more tech specialists to create real world solutions for my clients that are investing in upgrading their lifestyle by upgrading their homes. If you are remodeling or building new, make sure you take a look at the new tech and have your designer add a technologist to your design build team!

In closing I must also say that I LOVE the energy of the AV crowd and all the people I have met during this experience! Shout out to THE AV LIFE !! :)