Sacha La­kic talks about his de­sign phi­los­o­phy, and how home au­to­ma­tion of­fers home­own­ers and de­sign­ers more stylis­tic free­dom.

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Since the io.t by HKT con­cept store opened in Au­gust last year at EL­E­MENTS, HKT Pre­mier has en­hanced its iot in Style show­case in March this year, by in­stalling el­e­gant fur­ni­ture from French re­tailer Roche Bobois. To­gether, Roche Bobois and HKT Pre­mier have seam­lessly com­bined their know-how in their re­spec­tive fields to cre­ate a per­fect mat­ri­mony of art and tech­nol­ogy for an Iot-con­nected home.

Cus­tomers can ex­pe­ri­ence what an Iot-con­nected home feels like when they visit iot in Style 2 show­cases. Pre­sented by HKT Pre­mier and Roche Bobois, th­ese show­cases al­low vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence how en­ter­tain­ment sys­tems, light­ing, home ap­pli­ances and busi­ness tools can be con­trolled via touch­pad or voice com­mand in an el­e­gantly fur­nished home set­ting.

The show­cases were cu­rated by Sacha La­kic, one of Roche Bobois de­sign­ers who cre­ated the iconic Bub­ble sofa ex­clu­sively for the brand, which is now seen in the show­case.

La­kic is a ver­sa­tile, award-win­ning prod­uct de­signer who has de­vel­oped ev­ery­thing from eye­wear and au­dio sys­tems, to fur­ni­ture and restau­rant in­te­ri­ors, as well as cut­ting-edge mo­tor­cy­cles for brands such as Ven­turi, Yamaha, and Voxan.

His ex­ten­sive work with Roche Bobois brought to life pieces such as the fly­ing­car­pet-in­spired Onda bed and Bub­ble sofa, which have be­come 21st cen­tury clas­sics.

“Tech­nol­ogy is an ele­ment that I of­ten in­te­grate into my de­signs. What I try to do with my work for Roche Bobois is cre­ate fur­ni­ture that is dif­fer­ent and beau­ti­ful, com­fort­able and time­less, but which have per­fectly in­te­grated func­tions,” says La­kic who fre­quently thinks in terms of metaphors when he ap­proaches his sketch­pad. “With Bub­ble, I imag­ined how a cloud would look like if it was trans­formed into a sofa. In the imag­i­na­tions of most peo­ple, clouds are com­fort­ably soft, some­thing that en­velops you, so that was how the idea for Bub­ble arose,” he says.

Made of three dif­fer­ent types of molded foam fit­ted with tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced, stretch­able fab­ric, Bub­ble is a prod­uct that com­bines good de­sign with tech won­der­fully. “Be­cause this sofa is so in­cred­i­bly com­fort­able and func­tional, it al­lows you to get the most en­joy­ment from your IOT prod­ucts,” says La­kic.

“Be­cause HKT Pre­mier’s tech­nol­ogy is in­vis­i­ble, you can have very clean, clut­ter­free in­te­ri­ors, with no ca­bles or mul­ti­ple clunky elec­tron­ics ly­ing around. Ev­ery­thing is cen­tralised in one ap­pli­ca­tion, so you can con­trol all your home sys­tems from a sin­gle de­vice. This not only helps you save time, it also frees up more space in your home. Be­cause the tech is in­vis­i­ble, it doesn’t in­ter­fere with your taste pref­er­ences, or how you de­cide to or­gan­ise your in­te­ri­ors. You can have a clas­si­cal, mod­ern, or funky and colour­ful con­cept, all within an au­to­mated space. With an in­tel­li­gent, Iot-con­nected home, you’re free to do what­ever you want de­sign-wise,” says La­kic.

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