Smart Liv­ing

Let your liv­ing room be­come the heart of the home and the con­trol cen­tre for your smart de­vices

Singapore Tatler Homes - - STYLE -

In many ways, the liv­ing room is the most suit­able cen­tre for the home’s var­i­ous smart con­trols. As the heart of the home, it’s where your pri­mary en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem, key light­ing fea­tures and clean­ing ap­pli­ances are most com­monly lo­cated. A grouped but­ton con­trol—a sin­gle but­ton that man­ages mul­ti­ple sys­tems—will most likely be found in the liv­ing room, en­sur­ing easy ac­cess to con­trols for ev­ery­thing from the lights, cur­tains to se­cu­rity and air con­di­tion­ing with one sim­ple touch. “In my lat­est project, a cen­tralised smart home sys­tem is used to op­er­ate au­to­matic cur­tains, light dim­mers, air con­di­tion­ing, mu­sic and en­trance ac­cess,” says Masha Kaya, in­te­rior ar­chi­tect of Sin­ga­pore-based de­sign firm Sketch The Space. “My per­sonal favourites are the smart con­trols that al­low us to con­trol the air qual­ity and tem­per­a­ture in our homes.” One of the most im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions in the liv­ing room is the am­bi­ence. A leisurely, re­lax­ing af­ter­noon calls for a very dif­fer­ent set­ting com­pared to a so­cial gath­er­ing. That makes light­ing con­trols par­tic­u­larly use­ful. Flo­rence Kong, founder of Hong Kong-based ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dio Fab-a-mat­ter, re­cently de­signed a show­room that in­volved a liv­ing area pre-set with var­i­ous mood scenes. The en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem is key as well. “Smart TVS and speak­ers are items that you can eas­ily start with, giv­ing you more in­te­gra­tion and free­dom to cus­tomise,” says Otto Ng, de­sign di­rec­tor at Hong Kong­based ar­chi­tec­ture firm LAAB. “You can also add multi-zone speak­ers, which gives you un­in­ter­rupted mu­sic through your rooms.”

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