VOICE- CONTROLLED SOUND AND VISION
Future living room technology will do three key things: look super-stylish, work with everything and obey voice commands. The ‘Sonos One’ speaker (£199; sonos.com), available in limited-edition colours thanks to the brand’s collaboration with Hay, will get Google Assistant voice controls, as well as Amazon’s Alexa, this year. Sonos is also working with Ikea on the ‘Symfonisk’ speaker – billed as the ‘future of sound’, it will be designed to slot into Ikea’s ‘Billy’ bookcases.
Statement TVS, such as Bodo Sperlein’s Bauhaus-inspired ‘Bild X’ for Loewe, will turn televisions into works of art. Or, in the case of Samsung’s ‘The Frame’ (from £1,299; samsung. com/ uk), make them all but invisible, mimicking your wallpaper with the clever ‘Ambient Mode’. Of course, Apple will also be staking a claim on your home. ‘As well as the inevitable “Homepod 2” smart speaker upgrade, it’s thought to be working on a new streaming service and an affordable smart TV streaming stick,’ says James Stables, co-founder of smart home site The Ambient (the-ambient.com).
What will you relax in while you enjoy this new living room tech? Perhaps LG and Natuzzi’s ‘Colosseo’ smart sofa by Mauro Lipparini, which will customise its cushion placement to suit whoever’s sitting on it. Or maybe the ‘Ori’ furniture designed by Yves Béhar and MIT, which will reconfigure itself at the touch of a button.