Hi-tech gad­gets with a touch of style

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Home-tech doesn’t have to be all sub­stance and no style. With tech­nol­ogy play­ing a key role in our lives, there couldn’t be a bet­ter time to plug into the lat­est home-tech in­no­va­tions that are also stylish enough to put proudly on dis­play. Be­cause it’s not all about gad­gets and giz­mos – tech­nol­ogy can be sleek, retro, and quirky too, so tap­ping into tech trends needn’t take away from your decor vibes. Th­ese are our top 7 picks from the lat­est in stylish home-tech...

6 Sam­sung The Frame UE55LS003 Art Mode 55’’ Smart 4K Ul­tra HD HDR LED TV, £1,999, Curry’s

It’s art, but not as we know it. Sam­sung’s new lifestyle TV ‘The Frame’ turns into an ul­tra­mod­ern can­vas when not in use, and thanks to the in-built ‘Art Mode’ fea­ture, you can se­lect art­works from more than 100 spe­cially cu­rated pieces, or dis­play your own pho­tos. Avail­able in 65” and 55”, there’s a se­lec­tion of frames to suit your space, in­clud­ing oak and wal­nut fin­ishes, along with a frame bezel avail­able in wal­nut, beige and white.

3 DD940BK In­duc­tion Down­draft Ex­trac­tor, from £3,690, Caple

Ex­trac­tor fans aren’t ex­actly din­ner-ta­ble con­ver­sa­tion, but there’s noth­ing worse than pun­gent cook­ing smells af­ter you’ve pre­pared a de­li­cious meal. With cut­ting-edge plasma tech­nol­ogy, this lat­est, ul­tra-sleek model pu­ri­fies the air and elim­i­nates any whiffs. Fully in­te­grated into the 90cm black glass in­duc­tion hob, the mo­tor draws air through the duct­ing to­wards the fil­ter, where it’s pu­ri­fied and cleaned, erad­i­cat­ing 95% of odours.

4 LUC/CH Lucet Elec­tronic Tap, RRP £1,014, Caple

Tra­di­tional ket­tle ru­in­ing the cool lines of your min­i­mal­ist kitchen? Then switch to a smart tap in­stead. Caple have tapped into new lev­els of tap tech, with a colour-chang­ing LED to in­di­cate the wa­ter temperature. The light changes form blue to red, so you know ex­actly how hot or cold your wa­ter is – and pre­cisely when it’s hot enough for your per­fect cuppa. The pol­ished chrome fin­ish will add some ex­tra piz­zazz too.

5 R4 Mk3 In­te­grated Mu­sic Sys­tem, £699.99, Ru­ark Au­dio

This all-in-one mu­sic so­lu­tion might look retro and de­void of any de­tails – but don’t be fooled by the sim­plic­ity of the clas­sic lines. The new R4 will take your lis­ten­ing plea­sure to a whole new level, fea­tur­ing DAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner with RDS, ra­dio CD player, Blue­tooth with AptX, USB charge and play­back port, which all adds up to qual­ity 21st cen­tury sound.

7 Au­dio-Im­age Mir­ror, £496, Roper Rhodes

Mir­ror, mir­ror on the wall... who has the best bath­room ra­dio of them all? This mul­ti­me­dia bath­room mir­ror boasts DAB and FM ra­dio re­cep­tion, a fully in­te­grated dig­i­tal dis­play with scrolling text, touch sen­si­tive con­trols, in­te­grated stereo speak­ers – AND a heated demis­ter pad which pre­vents the mir­ror from steam­ing up. Ta da.

1 KWT 6112 iG Built-in Wine Con­di­tioner Unit, £2,399, Miele

Want to take your taste for fine wine to new heights? This built-in wine con­di­tioner will temperature-con­trol 18 of your favourite bot­tles and can even ac­com­mo­date mag­nums (al­ways too bulky for the fridge!). With stor­age over three lev­els, each rack can be per­son­alised so you can list the vin­tage, pro­ducer or style. Touch con­trols of­fer a temperature range of 5-20°C, and the UV re­sis­tant glass door pro­tects your pre­cious stock from sun­light. Cheers!

2 Jarre AeroBull XS1 Blue­tooth Speaker, from £469.94, Ama­zon

Avail­able in matt black, glossy red or gleam­ing white, th­ese speak­ers­dis­guised-as-bull­dogs are bound to be a talk­ing point. Boast­ing 120 watts of aerial high-def­i­ni­tion 2.1 sound with deep bass ren­der­ing, com­pat­i­ble via Blue­tooth with any smart­phone or au­dio source, built-in recharge­able bat­tery and up to 10 hours of play­time, what’s not to love?

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