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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

NIM: The Future of Light Control - or - Goldee Lightswitch and the Smart Bulbs

Excuse the delay of today's New Idea Monday, but the company that has created the product that is the subject of today's post has asked that information about it not be released until today, November 26, 2013.

The introduction of products like the Nest thermostat, smart products that learn and "anticipate" our daily routines are starting to become common place in the home. The team at Goldee (shown left) is hoping to capitalize on this, and I think they're really on to something great.

Goldee will work with standard wiring and standard bulbs to create a lighting system that learns how a particular home is used during the day. It can be programmed to slowly turn on the lights to gently wake you up, and will turn off lights once you've left a room. If you've been away from the house for an extended period of time, Goldee will start turning lights off and on based on what it has learned about your daily routine. No more programming automatic switches every time you leave for vacation.


The colour scenarios seen in the video do require an upgrade to Smart LED bulbs, but you were already going to do that anyway, right? 

Even though this is an amazing and useful piece of technology, what really impresses me about Goldee is how well designed it is. The simplicity of its shape combined with the elegant graphics will make it very easy to integrate Goldee into any decor.

As is this case with many new tech items, Goldee is looking for "jump start" financing, asking users to invest in the company and in return getting the opportunity to become early adopters and impress their friends with the latest gizmos. Just in time for Christmas!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Presentation House Fundraiser: Re-constructing Sedia 1

I joined the kitchen design team at Inform Interiors almost 3 months ago and I've been really struggling with coming up with new posts ever since.  I fear if I share work related things (and there are some amazing things here) I'll come across as a shill, and if I share non-work related things I may have a conflict of interest.  Fortunately something we discussed at a staff meeting this week avoids either scenario.

Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver is hosting its annual gala and benefit auction on Saturday, November 23, 2013.  The items for this year's auction are really interesting and best of all you can come see many of them ahead of time at the Inform showroom in Gastown.

Sedia 1 creator Enzo Mari
(Source)
Some of Vancouver's best artists, designers and architects have been asked to reinterpret and refashion Artek's iconic Sedia 1 chair. This minimalist self-assembled pine chair, originally produced in 1974, is a model of modernist furniture design, noted for its elegance and modesty.

The pieces we've seen in the showroom so far have been thought-provoking and beyond creative.  My personal favourite is Lukas Peet's treatment of the chair, assembling the contents of the Sedia 1 box like a tanagram.  Upon closer inspection you'll notice the subtle painting of the edges of each piece.

Omer Arbel seems to have developed a love affair with the sand-blaster used to shape his chair.  It has the appearance of something left over from a nuclear blast; something that would collapse if you looked at it the wrong way.

The event will be hosted at Secret Location at 1 Water Street in historic Gastown.  Full details are available at the auction website [CLICK].

In the meantime, follow Inform Interiors on Facebook, Google+, or Instagram to see more interpretations of Sedia 1.

Participating artists:
OMER ARBEL 
RUSSELL BAKER 
PETER CARDEW 
JAVIER CAMPOS AND ELSPETH PRATT 
DOUGLAS COUPLAND 
BEAU DICK 
BABAK GOLKAR 
BRIAN JUNGEN 
CHRISTIAN KLIEGEL AND ERICA STOCKING 
TIM LEE 
AL MCWILLIAMS 
STEVE MCFARLANE 
JON AND PAT PATKAU 
LUKAS PEET 
GORDON SMITH 
REECE TERRIS 
JOHN WALL 
INNES YATES

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