Crestron will work closely with BIID members, to marry technology and interior design, to further enrich the quality of projects and simplify the design and technology integration process

The integration of technology in homes has rapidly increased over the last few years; in fact, as home technology has become more accessible, consumers expect properties to include technology that improves their home experience. Many interior designers tackle the issue of incorporating technology into their stylish interior dcor schemes and as a British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) Industry Partner, the Crestron team will help the Institute's members bridge the gap between technology and interior design.

Crestron understands the importance of integrating technology into a home without negatively affecting the aesthetics, and by becoming a BIID industry partner they will work closely with BIID members, to marry technology and interior design, to further enrich the quality of projects and simplify the design and technology integration process.

"There is an increased demand for technology within residential schemes," says Petra van Meeuwen, Marketing Manager at Crestron. "It is important interior designers understand how technology fits together and can be made to look beautiful. We want to demystify technology, interior designers shouldn't be afraid of it, if they embrace it, it could enhance their projects so much."

She adds: "We are incredibly pleased to have been accepted as a BIID Industry Partner, we are committed to supporting the interior design industry and with the BIID as the professional governing body, it is a huge step in right direction for us. By working with designers we can explain the benefits of technology and the wide range of options available that can transform projects. It will also give us a better understanding of interior designer's requirements, which will help shape our services and products, and improve how we work with designers."

Crestron is the leading manufacturer of advanced control and automation systems, with innovative technology they simplify and enhance modern lifestyles. Total Home Technology from Crestron integrates and links technology in the home, offering the ultimate lifestyle of comfort and convenience. Crestron's award-winning Total Home Technology Solution eliminates the need to walk from room to room to adjust drapes, lights, temperature, and audio/video components. Whether from an easy-to-use colour touch panel, iPad, remote, or a customized keypad, total control is always at your fingertips.

With the single touch of a button you can make the lights dim, the shades close, the plasma TV turn on and your favorite movie begin. You can even programme your window treatments to adjust at pre-set times to reduce glare and protect delicate fabrics and fine art from harmful direct sunlight. In the evening you can set lighting to illuminate the hallway automatically as you walk by.

Committed to the interior design industry, Crestron recently opened a Design and Experience Centre in Leeds, and will shortly open one in Cobham, providing designers with a space to experience the technology first hand, and discover the possibilities available.

"The Design and Experience Centres will offer a space for designers to discover Crestron's smart solutions. From the initial design stage, right through to completion, designers are invited to use the centre throughout," says Petra. ""We understand that it is important that technology enhances a room, harmonising everything with, rather than disturbing the design. Our D&E Centres allow us to demonstrate the effectiveness of Crestron technology while building close working relationships with interior designers that are mutually productive."

Crestron will be at the upcoming BIID 'Celebrating British Design' conference, (21stJune, at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London) where they are sponsoring the event.

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