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Audi Design Grand Piano

Audi went from tickling the blacktop with their smooth rides to tickling the ivories with their Audi Design Grand Piano built by the 182-year old Bosendorfer company of Vienna, Austria. This slick musical machine features a lid that wraps down to the base, giving the piano an almost aerodynamic shape. This grandest of grands debuts for many grand: $140,000 to be exact.

"Spoondelier" by Cake LightingWith a name like “Cake” you know there must be something tasty in store. That’s the case with Cake Lighting Company’s $1,500.00 “Spoondelier!”

Vintage silver-plate flatware adorns the three-tier chandelier infusing a classic lighting design with an innovative twist. The “Spoondelier” lends itself to word-of-mouth and is sure to be a great conversation piece in the any home. Now we know where all of grandma’s fine silverware went!

Boprae's sculptural freestanding room dividerRichard Boprae transitioned from a career in modeling to modeling sculptures out of metal. His unique"Edit" collection installation from Richard Bopraestyle is a marriage between fine art and design, and takes shape through site-specific installations, room dividers, sliding doors, custom tiles and murals.

Working from a converted historic synagogue in Denver, Boprae says his work, “encourages the rebirth of the craftsmanship era, where pride lays in the execution and the exactitude of the result,” adding that he draws inspiration from traditional art, culture and landscape. Boprae’s organic works of art can be seen at http://www.boprae.com/index.php

Stir MagazineJust read an eye-popping article in Sherwin-Williams great Stir Magazine called Classical Color to learn that anicent statuary is not plain white marble by nature.  Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, a lecturer in classics at the University of Ediinburgh  reveals that ancient statues were often painted bright, vivid colors. Over the centuries the color faded leaving the other-worldly, white and translucent tone of the marble statues we see today.

German archeologist, Vinzenz Brinkman has spent the past 25 years recovering the ancients’ vibrant hues and patterns by using ultra-violet light and other techniques. A traveling exhibit entitled “Gods in Color” has stunned museum goers and scholars around the world!

Tax Credits for Energy Efficient Home ImprovementsHome improvement tax credits are now available for home improvements “placed in service” from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009. Home improvement tax credits up to $1,500 (raised from $500) are available for insulation, replacement windows, water heaters, certain high efficiency heating and cooling equipment, and biomass stoves. Also, the percent of the cost versus the project has been raised from 10% to 30%. For more information, see the Dept of Energy’s Energy Star program http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_tax_credits.

Crestron-Mobile iPhone App ControllerCrestron, the company that created an industry by introducing the world’s first touchpanel, has now enabled you to use your iPhone as a remote for your home entertainment system, or to control all the lights in your home. The Crestron Control App for iPhone puts a professional-lookingCrestron touchpanel user interface right on the popular Apple® iPhone or iPod touch, enabling all kinds of customizable control capability.

The application which will soon be available for download from the Apple App Store communicates directly with the control system without any third-party software or external servers. On the road, iPhone communicates with the system over the 3G network or Edge cellular network. At home or away, both your iPhone and iPod touch can connect via Wi-Fi.

Crestron iPhone App Screenshot 1Control multiple locations, such as a primary residence, vacation home and office, from a single, intuitive graphical interface that provides real-time status of room temperature, lighting levels, shade position, control of local AV devices and digital media meta data including album, song and artist.

New locations are easily added by opening the “Connections” page on the iPhone, and customized buttons, graphics and dynamic text can be added by your installer. Updates or changes to the control program are automatically sent to the iPhone when the Crestron app is launched.

 

GREENTECH: Question: Home automation systems consume large amounts of energy right or wrong? Answer: Wrong! 

Crestron TouchpanelHome automation systems require relatively little power, and the energy-conservation benefits they offer are considerable. These systems make it simple to check if you’ve left the lights on and turn them off and often incorporate multizone climate-control systems to shut down heating or air condition in areas of the house that are not being used. 

Motor-driven shades can be programed automatically by astronomical clocks to open and close at key points in the day, automatically adjusting the timing of these routines to the length of day at any time of year, protecting furniture, fabrics and flooring from harsh sun rays and keeping the house cool when the sun wants to take overtake your home. The home automation system touch panel can also report on energy use, energy cost per hour, and carbon output of a lighting system. Explore the exciting innovations taking place in home automation at some of these links:

Crestron Electronics: www.crestron.com | Control4: www.control4.com | Lutron Electronics: www.lutron.com | Savant Systems: www.savantav.com

"Basement Ideas That Work" by Peter JeswaldiContact Designs’ interior design work is featured on pages 62, 63, 74 and 157 of this latest in the Taunton Press “Ideas That Work” series. “We’re thrilled that Taunton Press thought highly enough of our work to seek our input with the book project,” said Susan Murphy, principal and lead designer for iContact Designs. “The thought of our interior design work exhibited to a national audience is exciting.” The book is available now for $19.95 at better book sellers everywhere. Or from Amazon.com by clicking ORDER.

iContact Designs, Inc.Welcome to iNSIGHTS & iNTERIORS, the new online journal from the award-winning interior design firm iContact Designs. We look forward to bringing topical, informative information on the exciting and ever-evolving world of interior design to these pages and our readers.