Smart Home, Dumb Stuff?Obelisk Home
INTEGRATION OF TECHNOLOGY AND HOME
We are fortunate to have designed several remarkable homes last year. From an elegant escape in the New York Hamptons, to a surprisingly modern residence in Fort Worth, Texas, the opportunity to collaborate with amazing architects, builders and exceptional tradesman is always a thrill for the Obelisk Home design team.
One of the most interesting and innovative projects happened to be near our own Springfield MO. Owned by a tremendously chic and cultivated couple, the three story contemporary marvel is soon to be complete and trust me, “lacks not” for state-of-the-art home technology–including an innovative interior elevator/lift for the family’s favorite cars and a circular glass elevator.
This begs the question… What home innovations and technology do we need in today’s modern luxury home? Which smart home advancements truly improve the quality of life? Which smart products are destined to become essential, savvy additions, and which smart ideas might waste more time, money and energy than they save? The answer, of course depends on the homeowners’ needs and interests. But as a designer there are so many mind-boggling innovations to keep up with.
My fear is the technology that is trying to seduce me with the promise of modern convenience, will be obsolete the moment it’s installed. Smart cameras, smart locks, smart doorbells, smart fridges, smart thermostats, smart DVR’s, smart light bulbs—it takes a “smart” designer to know what will be an effective solution and what is destined to go the way of the garage door opener, home intercom, trash compactor and land line phones. Technology changes faster than our tastes and our needs.
My instinct is to fill a home with non-smart stuff like awesome rugs, antiques, Modern art and down filled upholstery. I prefer to contemplate the design elements that can’t give advice, think for themselves, multi-task or go rouge while you’re on vacation.
Of course, there are exceptions. Regarding clients that love technology, gadgets and totally cool stuff like car-lifting elevators–I completely embrace technology.
Who am I kidding? They know I’d fill the whole car elevator with design books.