Kinetic Lighting Control and All White Bulbs for Philips Hue

Phillips Hue Tap | KitchAnn Style
Philips’ hue lighting system is gaining two new components, a hue lux remote-control white bulb, and the hue tap, a clever little switch which makes controlling your favorite Hue light scenes even easier. And, since it’s kinetic-powered no batteries are needed.

Phillips Hue Tap | KitchAnn StyleThe new hue tap is built on Philips’ hue wireless lighting system, which has grown from the original iOS app-enabled, color-changing LED bulbs to an ecosystem of smart lighting accessories.

The tap is the first official product from Philips to bring hue lighting control out of the app and into the physical world.

Philips Hue tap needs no batteries as it operates using kinetic energy – simply through taps from your finger. As a result, it has a remarkable zero watts of power consumption and needs no main power source. Meaning it’s not only smarter, but greener and hassle free.

“Hue tap is the perfect solution for users who want to control their personal wireless lighting with yet more convenience. It is more than just a modern take on the wall switch – it combines easy-to-use traditional lighting control with the smart, intuitive, fun world of Philips Hue.” -Filip Jan Depauw, Senior Director, Philips Lighting

Philips Hue tap control requires the hue bridge found with all starter kits for Philips hue and Friends of hue products. Hue tap will be available this fall for $60.

Interestingly, Philips will open the hue tap API to third-party smart home developers. That potentially means easy installation of a multi-function switch that could be mapped to multiple different home automation products, addressing a common request in the growing smart home market.

Philips hue lux | KitchAnn Style

Philips has also introduced a new bulb called the hue lux, and it’s dimmable like the other hue bulbs (and other smart bulbs) but doesn’t do the chameleon color changing of the original bulbs. The lux bulb has a max lighting output of 600 lumens and temperature range from 2000-6500 Kelvin. Philips estimates hue will last 15,000 hours while drawing up to 8.5 watts at full intensity.

Hue lux works on the same ZigBee protocol, meaning users can incorporate the lights with third-party sensors, that the original color-changing hue bulbs use, but changes through white light intensity instead.

Philips says lux will go on sale this fall at a price of $39.99 each or $99 for a two-bulb starter kit that includes the hue wireless bridge.

Classtone

TheSize keeps up with current trends and introduces a new collection to their innovative Neolith compact surfacing line called Classtone.

Inspired by the timeless look of marble, Classtone blends the classicism and elegance of marble with their revolutionary Neolith Digital Design (NDD) technology.

Neolith Estatuario | KitchAnn Style
Estatuario

The Classtone Collection was presented at Cersaie 2013 and KBIS 2014 this past February and introduced a new sizing format, 3,200 x 1,500 mm with a thickness of 12 mm.

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Marfil

Rigorously realistic marble-like Pulpis, Marfil, Estatuario and Marquina comprise the Classtone line. The new collection is suitable for floors and facades, but designers will find it ideal for large kitchen countertops and bathrooms walls.

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Pulpis

 “Neolith is perfect for architects, interior designers and other industry professionals who really aim at impressing their clients with striking designs and high-performance spaces.” –Mario Ramirez, North American Sales

Neolith Marquina | KitchAnn Style
Marquina – coming soon

Estatuario is the most versatile color and comes in 6 different variations with 2 finishes: Satin and Riverwashed. The patterns are E01, E02, E03 and their mirrored images E01R, E02R, E03R. Marfil and Pulpis are offered only in the satin finish.

Neolith Estatuario | KitchAnn Style

Like all Neolith products, Classtone is an ultra compact surface that’s made of 100-percent natural material including clay, feldspar, silica, and mineral oxide. It’s an exceptionally durable, extremely thin material that’s scratch, stain, UV, cold, heat, and fire resistant. It also stands up to harsh cleaning agents and chemicals, plus requires very little maintenance. Neolith’s super thin sheets offer a lightweight alternative to natural stone.

One should note that each quarry is unique, so the clay or sand will have different amounts of silicates and feldspar.  Depending on the mixture, clay may have to be added, and other times they just have to add color.

TheSize offers a 15 year limited warranty on its 3+3+3, 3+3, 5+3, 5+5, 10 and 12 mm thick NEOLITH slabs used for countertop applications.

SMEG Launches Stylish Small Appliances

Smeg 50’s Retro Small Appliances | KitchAnn StyleSmeg, the family-owned Italian brand started by Vittorio Bertazzoni the elder in 1947 has branched out from its major appliances core into the  world of small domestic appliances.

Faithful to the style of the company, Smeg’s new collection of small appliances harkens back to the era of  the 50’s with stylish appeal.

Smeg 50’s Retro Style | KitchAnn style

Created by Matteo Bazzicalupo and Raffaella Mangiarotti of Milan-based design house deepdesign, the small appliance collection features curved lines, Smeg lettering, and comes in a palate of colors taken from the 1950’s.

Smeg 50’s Retro Mixer | KitchAnn Style

There are two toasters, two kettles, a blender and a mixer. A coffee machine is in the pipeline. The range will be available in the vivid colours made famous by Smeg’s range of FAB fridges. There’s baby blue, understated pink, bright red, traditional black and white, and a stainless steel so redolent that it acts as a mirror.

“This is an exciting new avenue for Smeg, designed to meet the rising demand for our iconic Smeg retro-style designs. Now, you can now choose to complement your existing 50’s-style fridge freezer or washing machine with a matching kettle, toaster or small appliance. The products are inspired by colours, icons, objects and designs of the retro era and there are up to seven different colours available. Each shade will match with the Pantone color of existing Smeg appliances, for those who wish to co-ordinate. This new collection is also perfect for those who aspire to own a larger appliance, as they can still afford to join the artistic Smeg following with a stylish mixer or blender. ” –Mike Giddings, Managing Director

There are two toasters, two kettles, a blender and a mixer. A coffee machine is in the pipeline. Unlike Smeg’s ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers and hobs, this small appliance range is not and will not be manufactured in Italy. Due to the competitive business nature of small appliance manufacturing, the products will be assembled in China.

Smeg 50’s Retro Kettle | KitchAnn Style

These new products are being shown at the Smeg booth (stand B15-B21 in FTK, Pavilion 11) in Milan at EuroCucina 2014 April 8th-13th.

To coincide with the small appliance launch, on April 7th Smeg launched their new retro-style website revised vivid graphics and content. A special area on the site has also been created for SMEGazine, which will contain periodically updated content devised to retain users and uncover some of the curiosities from around the Smeg world.

 

 

Smeg 50’s Retro Blender | KitchAnn Style

 

Caesarstone 'Islands'

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Following a preview at the Interior Design Show in Toronto, Caesarstone will present a further exploration of ‘Islands’ at Fuori Salone 2014, Milan with an interactive installation focusing on food and dining within the domestic environment.

For this latest collaborative endeavour, the brand has teamed up with London-based design studio Raw-Edges – founded by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay – to create a collection of seven living islands that offer both a new take on the materials and an innovative interpretation of the domestic space.

Caesarstone Island drawing | KitchAnn Style

Islands marks a playful shift in Caesarstone’s focus, as it looks to re-imagine its surfaces for more unconventional uses. Here, materials take center stage in the collection with a simple and intuitive design; a sheet of stone arranged into table-like structures serve as a base for each of Raw-Edges’ explorations. Further elements are inserted through slots cut into the stone to become an integral part of the islands.

“For the Milan presentation we want to further-explore the concept of the sliding of objects into Caesarstone Islands; the focus will be on the kitchen, which will be set as a working station – a stage for performing cooking. Thanks to a rare creative freedom afforded to us by Caesarstone, we have carefully developed a conceptual interior that we hope will influence the mainstream.” –Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay

Raw-Edges’ seven island concepts offer a new take on a variety of domestic spaces whose surfaces answer more emotional domestic needs such as a space to play and a space to display objects.

Caesarstone Island concept | KitchAnn Style

Islands focuses primarily on the kitchen concept and the significance of the preparation and enjoyment of food. Mer and Alkalay are  most ingenious in terms of the use of space. The cooking island challenges a traditional household layout with a combination of appliances and modular storage units cleverly combined into the space, imagined as a stage for entertaining.

Caesarstone Island | KitchAnn Style

The collection employs seven different colors from Caesarstone Classico series, with natural finishes in different shades ranging from pearlescent greys to darker browns and charcoal. The quartz surface is combined with reclaimed wood, ceramics, terracotta, glass and other fun household items such as a fish tank and ping-pong net.

Caesarstone Island | KitchAnn Style

 

” Thanks to a rare creative freedom afforded to us by Caesarstone, we have carefully developed a conceptual interior that we hope will influence the mainstream.”

Caesarstone Island | KitchAnn Style

Caesarstone added seven new colors to their Classico Collection. The new additions have striking patterns, are rich in color and texture, and designed to complement any space. 4130 Clamshell, 4460 Summer Rye, 5100 Vanilla Noir, 5110 Alpine Mist, 6003 Coastal Grey, 6131 Bianco Drift, 6338 Woodlands. Explore the new 2014 Collection Here.

Caesarstone Islands bath| KitchAnn Style

Islands by Raw Edges for Caesarstone will be presented at Palazzo Criveli Via Clerici 5, Milan