Hi-tech gadgets with a touch of style
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?