UK'S FIRST EXPERIENTIAL RETAIL VENUE FOR HOME AUTOMATION SHOPPER OPENS IN LONDON
An iPad-controlled Smart APP-artment with thrilling smart technology threaded through every room opened in in London today (11 July 2013).
The showroom mirrors a growing trend from the USA for experiential retailing in the field of consumer electronics. The hands-on approach allows home owners to see how new products could apply to their own lives and properties with virtually every whim catered for at the touch of an iPad screen.
Created by Cornflake - one of the UK's leading suppliers of home automation - the Smart APP-artment demonstrates how life-enhancing home automation can be in 2013.
On arrival visitors are handed an iPad from which they can control every aspect of the home starting with their music and digital art choices. Customers can watch a movie in the home cinema; play games on the 2metre gaming screen and dance on the revolving floor in the games room; listen to their favourite music on some of the world's most sonically advanced speakers in the audio room, or simply curl up in front of the i-fire and watch the pop-up UHD TV with an i-coffee in the lounge.
Customers can control and manage household services such as heating, lighting, blinds, security, and data throughout the Smart APP-artment via the iPad. Lights and heating automatically turn down when rooms are vacated and everything can be switched off with one button on leaving the premises.
A roll-call of world class brands and manufacturers, including Apple, Bowers & Wilkins, Crestron, De Dietrich, Loewe, Lutron and Wilson Benesch are on board displaying their most advanced products. And, in a bid to help off-set the carbon footprint of the technology, sustainable building materials have been used throughout. The rooms feature modern materials and top-end finishes, including natural clay plaster, cork-leather wall cladding and bamboo flooring to show that hi-end designer style and green living are compatible. All of the technology is designed to run at maximum energy- and cost-saving efficiency and can also be operated remotely to improve home security.
The Smart App-artment from Cornflake launches as home automation is poised to take off as a mainstream consumer market. In the UK, the sector grew by 12 per cent last year alone and is now worth Â£1bn according to the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA).
Robin Shephard, Cornflake's CEO, says: "With home-owners increasingly wanting to future-proof their properties with technology, we wanted somewhere we could demonstrate the incredible opportunities available right now. You only really get a sense of the pure joy it offers when you experience it first-hand. Our clientele tend to have exceptionally busy lives often spanning multiple homes with hectic schedules across continents and time zones. This technology helps attune their environment to their personal requirements instantly."
To ensure the Smart App-apartment affords a realistic experience an award-winning design team was commissioned to design and build it. Top interior designer April Russell was tasked with styling the 4000sqft space exactly as she would for a Belgravia-based client. High-end eco-contractor Ecoism Manufacturing Limited undertook the build using modern sustainable materials. International architect Julian Arendt Associates configured the internal room layout while specialist acousticians were employed to calibrate the Audio Room to provide the best possible listening experience for clients.
Visitors to the Smart App-artment are by appointment on Monday to Friday, and by request at weekends. For booking details visit www.cornflake.co.uk