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Idea Board: Smart Home

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Idea Board collage of Smart Home products

Living Room

Clever mechanics and advanced engineering allow a living room to transform based on user preferences and needs, standing the test of time.

Elco Square Coffee Table in beige and brown

The Elo square coffee table by Christophe Delcourt is contemporary with Asian influences. It features a clever blend of four L-shaped plates that intertwine without notches or fixed components, and each folded plate can be stretched out to form a larger surface if needed. www.hc28furniture.com

Destin Ceiling Fan with Koa blades and an Aged Pewter housing finish from Monte Carlo
The 57-inch Destin ceiling fan by Monte Carlo has three blades finished in on-trend Koa or Driftwood Grey (shown here). Available in either a Brushed Steel or an Aged Pewter housing finish, Destin features an integrated 15W LED downlight with 20W net lumens of output, a 2700K CCT and a CRI of 90+ for ample general illumination. www.montecarlofans.com


C by GE circular Led Lamp with blue and white rings
Amazon Alexa Voice Service is built directly inside of the C by GE LED table lamp, letting the user easily complete hundreds of hands-free voice commands without a standalone Echo unit, hub or smartphone required. Just plug in and connect to Alexa for smart device interoperability throughout the home. www.gelighting.com

Palo sofa in blue with only one arm from Hem

Thanks to an innovative frame featuring removable struts, the components of Palo sofa from Hem can be easily added, removed or rearranged as living circumstances change. Available in three colors, with cushions and armrests that feature 70 percent virgin wool upholstery compatible across the whole series, Palo allows you to mix and match as much as you like. https://us.hem.com

Thibaut Crypton Home fabrics shown here in beige on an arm chair
Thibaut’s Crypton Home fabrics combine performance attributes with sumptuous color in its signature color palette and a luxurious feel. Created for family-friendly living, these fabrics are woven to meet or exceed heavy-duty requirements for indoor upholstery, providing homeowners and designers with a fabric that is durable, breathable and stain-resistant. Shown here is Lira, part of the Mosaic Collection of fabrics. www.thibautdesign.com

Alvar platform bed with pattern headboard from Giuseppe Viganò for Bonaldo
Designed by Giuseppe Viganò for Bonaldo, the single bed version of the Alvar can become a versatile sofabed. Customized padded platforms create the headboard, bed and footboard. It can also be ordered with a matching bedside table. www.bonaldo.it

Cosmo coffee table with an aluminum base and warm-toned top from Poliform USA

The Cosmo coffee table from Poliform USA is super lightweight, promoting compositional freedom and easy rearrangement in a variety of settings. This is made possible by a bronze-casted aluminium base, creating a harmonious balance when paired with a warm-toned table top (available in marble, woods or lacquers). The table is available in three shapes and two heights, allowing layering and overlapping when staging a room. www.poliformusa.com

Living Room Tech to Watch

Woman looks at a flat-panel OLED TV
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, LG unveiled its newest, top-of-the-line flat-panel OLED TVs, highlighted by the 2017 CES Best of Innovation Award winner, the 77-inch LG SIGNATURE OLED TV W7. The W7’s sleek razor-thin profile makes the TV appear to be levitating in mid-air, exemplified by its Picture-on-Wall design. The OLED panel, measuring only 2.57mm thin in the 65-inch model, can be mounted directly on the wall with only magnetic brackets, eliminating any gap between the TV and the wall. The sense of immersion is completed by upfiring speakers and unrivaled Dolby Atmos sound. www.lg.com



Smart storage, cutting-edge lighting and customizable options turn a bedroom into a happy haven.

Dot chandelier with a sputnik-like design from Blackjack Lighting

From Blackjack Lighting, the Dot chandelier in Brushed Brass is a familiar Mid-Century form with an all-new LED sensibility. A total of 24 arms attached to a center orb culminate in shallow cups, each with a center metal dot. A ring of LED light sources beneath each dot bounces light off the cups’ white interior surface to light the room evenly. www.blackjacklighting.com

Nest Theory headboard in gray on a bed, designed by Hooker Furniture
Hooker Furniture’s Nest Theory, a made-in-the-USA collection of fully upholstered headboards and beds, features seven silhouettes in both in-stock and custom cover, size, finish and trim options. Customers can customize a bed or headboard in standard fabric and it will be shipped to their local retailer in 30 days — a solution to the popularity of this category. 

Small space console from CH Living
Perfect for small space living, CH Living’s consoles can be used as an entry table, a sofa table for lighting or a vanity. Designed at standard table height, these consoles are 32 inches high and can be upholstered in 300+ fabrics. The version shown here is part of the Veganista Collection of animal-free leather-looking hides. www.ch-living.com

Wavy Copernicus pendant from Hubbardton Forge’s new Vermont Modern line

Thanks to innovative engineering, the low-voltage Copernicus pendant from Hubbardton Forge’s new Vermont Modern line could be powered by a 9V battery. Vermont maple wood spheres act as the isolators for the steel rails. The canopy and the metal ribbons that house the dimmable LED source are offered in a choice of six finishes. www.hubbardtonforge.com

Camino’s Dolores cloth rack on wheels with full-length mirror
Camino’s Dolores cloth rack on wheels has a full-length mirror affixed with leather straps and a storage compartment for added functionality. www.camino.biz

The Flexible series nightstand from South Shore has a slide-out tray and changing station
The Flexible series nightstand from South Shore comes equipped with a slide out tray and charging station for storage space and electronics and cord management. Available in brown and black finishes. www.southshorefurniture.com

Bedroom Tech to Watch

Bedroom with large windows and the Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed

Also introduced at CES in January, the Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed intuitively senses comfort to keep both partners sleeping soundly all night. With SleepIQ® biometrics, the base automatically adjusts to each sleeper’s ideal position throughout the night.

For example, if someone is snoring on his or her back, the base automatically raises the snorer’s head seven degrees to help temporarily relieve the symptoms of common, mild snoring in otherwise healthy adults. The bed is also equipped with a foot warmer and a smart alarm feature that awakens the user at the optimal moment, plus more. www.sleepnumber.com


Child’s Room

A child’s room meets its demands featuring products centered on durability, safety and the ability to grow. 

Universal’s new Axis baby and youth collection
Universal’s new Axis baby and youth collection is sophisticated with contemporary lines and a gray wood finish, allowing the pieces to grow with the child. Safety is also at the forefront: In this dresser, a Safe Stop Drawer “anti-tip” mechanism prevents more than one drawer from being opened at a time. www.universalfurniture.com

Clocky alarm clock that moves around the room from Nanda Home

From Nanda Home, Clocky is the alarm clock that runs away after a snooze, forcing those sleepy kids (and adults, too) to get out of bed. Shown here in its latest finish option, Gold. www.nandahome.com

Lite Source Pagan desk lamp in silver
The Pagan desk lamp from Lite Source is equipped with a USB charging port that adds to the functionality of this affordable lamp. www.lite-source.com

Paulownia wood bookcase with cloth drawers from Bloomingville
Part of Bloomingville’s new Mini Collection, this Paulownia wood bookcase with drawers steps up the storage game with fun faces. www.bloomingville.com

Fatboy Avenue seating block covered in Sunbrella fabric
Fatboy’s Avenue seating block will stand up to the elements, indoors or out — its strong core helps maintain its shape, and its Sunbrella fabric can simply be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Measures 24 inches by 24 inches by 19 inches. www.fatboyusa.com

Eurofase versatile Bria dimmable LED flush mount
Eurofase’s versatile Bria dimmable LED flush mount features opal curved lenses mounted on chrome framework. The small version uses 24W and throws 1300 lumens. www.eurofase.com 

Tempaper Tots by P'kolinoTempaper Tots by P'kolino, Blue Whale
Tempaper Tots by P’kolino combines Tempaper’s state-of-the-art and eco-friendly materials with P’Kolino’s stylish prints. All of Tempaper’s made-in-the-USA wallpapers are self-adhesive and removable, plus lead-free, phthalate-free and VOC-free. www.tempaperdesigns.com

Kids’ Tech to Watch 

Child playing with a Kuri robot by Mayfield

Another product launched at January’s CES, the Kuri robot from Mayfield Robotics can make your day easier and brighter. He can cruise around your home, learning its floor plan and monitoring things when you’re not there. He also reacts to voice commands, plays music or podcasts while you’re getting ready for work and even reads the kids a bedtime story.

Another bonus? His expressive eyes and friendly language give him a personality great for connecting with children. At $699 retail it’s pricey, but definitely cutting-edge. www.heykuri.com 

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