Triflow Concepts commissioned pre-eminent architect, Zaha Hadid, to explore the capabilities of brassware technology in designing the tap of the future.
Hadid employs the latest in 3-D software to create a touch-sensitive faucet with a unique body that bends and twists like liquid mercury.
The triflow faucet has two spouts, one for filtered water and the other for unfiltered hot and cold water. A green halo light comes on when the touch filtration button is activated. The light turns red when the filter cartridge needs replacing.
The cost of the filter cartridges is unknown but the Designer Triflow Faucet is $7,000. Finish choices for the faucet are gold, nickel, chrome and pewter.
If you love finding new ways to use old things, you’ll enjoys these two creative ideas from the Better Homes and Gardens Do It YourselfWebsite for repurposing items you may have lying around or can easily find at a salvage sale.
Inserting heavy-gauge wire mesh in a painted door and suspending it from the ceiling with metal chains creates additional storage for pots and pans.
Turning an old light fixture on its head and filling it with fresh flowers creates an electrifying display. If the collar on your light does not have this attractive patina paint it with metallic paint to achieve a bronze or copper patina.
For homeowners who want to go green but can’t fit the swirly-shaped compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) into their existing lamps, a new compact CFL from GE will provide the solution you’ve been looking for.
GE’s new Covered Energy Smart CFL bulb features its Spiral CFL inside a glass bulb.
GE created specialized miniature electronics that fit inside the neck of the bulb making the bulb’s profile virtually identical to a standard incandescent light bulb.
The bulbs will be carried by Target and select Ace Hardware Stores. Around Earth Day (April 22, 2009) more retailers such as Sam’s Club and Walmart will have the new bulbs for sale.
“These fit in more lamps and fixtures than standard GE Spiral® CFLs with the plastic base,” says Kathy Sterio, general manager of consumer marketing, GE Consumer & Industrial. “Some people just want an incandescent bulb profile so they can easily use it with clip-on lampshades or smaller table lamps. Other people may see it as more aesthetically pleasing than GE Spiral® CFLs in lamps or fixtures where the bulb is visible. It provides a more finished or tailored look that appeals to a lot of consumers.”
The equivalent of a 60W incandescent bulb, the new 8,000-hour rated life CFL is guaranteed for five years based on four hours of daily use. By June 2009, GE plans to introduce 9W and 20W incandescent-shaped covered GE Energy Smart CFLs. The 20W CFL will have a slightly taller profile that mirrors a standard incandescent three-way bulb.
Another great product recently shown at the International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas is Hunter Fan’s Concert Breeze fan featuring 360 degrees of high-def audio.
Hunter and Soundolier partnered together to create the first and only ceiling fan sound system.
Paul Schleipfer, marketing manager for Soundolier, which is the wireless audio division of the Mitek Electronics and Communications Group.
“When distributing sound, audio coming from overhead has an all-encompassing effect that fills a room more naturally,” said Paul Schleipfer, marketing manager for Soundolier, which is the wireless audio division of the Mitek Electronics and Communications Group.
To accomplish this, the Concert Breeze utilizes a proprietary 2.4GHz wireless audio system. Without the hassle and expense of running wires, the Concert Breeze receives full-range digital-quality audio from any source, up to 300 feet away. The Soundolier Maestro wireless transmitter can be connected at any audio source – TV, MP3 player, etc. – through speaker level or 3.5mm input jack and send stereo summed DSP audio to the Concert Breeze.
Four selectable stereo signal channels virtually eliminate interference, and one transmitter can send the signal to other receiver devices within the signal range.
My favorite thing about the Concert Breeze is that it can be installed outdoors. This gives people living in multi-family buildings and high rises a way to add inconspicuous sound, light and moving air to their porches or lanais, as we call them in Florida, without having to run unsightly metal conduit on the surface of the concrete ceiling.