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Upgrade Your Home With These 3 Slick Products

Posted on May 2nd, 2012 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Upgrade Your Home With These 3 Slick Products

  There is nothing like living in a 1950’s home that makes you appreciate more up to date/modern home furniture, appliances, and fixtures.  Maybe it’s the crumby lock system on our front door, or the 2 ft wide stairwell with an absurdly steep incline, heck; it could even be the exposed plumbing system.  Whatever it […]

 

There is nothing like living in a 1950’s home that makes you appreciate more up to date/modern home furniture, appliances, and fixtures.  Maybe it’s the crumby lock system on our front door, or the 2 ft wide stairwell with an absurdly steep incline, heck; it could even be the exposed plumbing system.  Whatever it is, I can’t go a day without wanting to kick the wall/microwave/faucet…etc in anger.  To help relieve this home anxiety, it helps to see and read about how far we have come in home product design.  Here are three really cool home products available out there now to buy that everyone should upgrade to.  Do you have a product or a “wishlist” product,  comment about it below!

Nest ($250) – Is the product of former Apple employees wanting to make a difference in energy use and consumption.  You immediately notice its minimalistic “Apple design” quality with a seamless user experience.  It is putting thermostat makers in fits, and actually has some filing frivolous lawsuits in hopes of getting something out of it (instead of, God forbid, actually making a better product themselves).

Tunto Powerkiss Lamp ($1,400) – If the Tunto Powerkiss could talk it would probably say this on a daily basis, “Oh you know…just dishing out some light.  Let me charge that phone for you there….cords? psf.  Don’t I just look perfect in my gorgeous curvy design?”

The Electrolux Inspiro Oven ($1,600) – It cleans itself, and has the ability to judge and calculate what you are cooking and set the right temperature and time.  Also known as “A Dream Come True for a Guy Trying to Cook”.

 


Awesomely American, 3 Modern Designed Spaces in the US of A

Posted on April 18th, 2012 by RDIAdmin | Comments: Comments Off on Awesomely American, 3 Modern Designed Spaces in the US of A

  Modern Design is the best kind of design.  Whew, I had to get that off my chest and out in the open. If I could, I would shout it from a mountain, but I don’t have a mountain I have a newsroom blog.  I had a teacher long ago tell me, “It’s sad really, […]

 

Modern Design is the best kind of design.  Whew, I had to get that off my chest and out in the open. If I could, I would shout it from a mountain, but I don’t have a mountain I have a newsroom blog.  I had a teacher long ago tell me, “It’s sad really, we (USA) are so far behind the rest of the world when it comes to design”.  However true that statement may be, I do have to say we as a country are doing a lot better over these past few years.  And much of that credit goes to Steve Jobs and Apple.  I like to think the shifting trend started once the iPhone came out.  The unique simplicity and magical interface combined with the beautiful design helped usher in the idea that products can and should have great function AND form.  Companies took note, and started redesigning their products to reflect beauty, simplicity and open friendliness.  If you don’t believe me, take a look at Microsoft’s new Windows 8, soon to be released.  You know there is a modern trend brewing when Microsoft deems it official to jump onboard (not surprised they were one of the last though).

This trend doesn’t just apply to tech, and products, but interior and architectural spaces as well.  Maybe it’s just me, but when I see good design, I want to support it by buying its products or using its services.  It’s the quintessential idea that “we take care and thought into everything that has our name and brand on it”.  We used to be a place of chew up, and spit out cookie cutter spaces and buildings.  The change is happening, but ever so slowly.  Here are 3 awesome modern designed spaces found right here in the good old US of A.  Do you have a favorite/famous American modern design space?  Comment, and share it with us below.

1. Chipotle Mexican Grill (Various US Locations) – Chipotle is setting the gold standard for the 21st Century fast dining experience.  Everything they do from their food, service, and restaurant is designed with (modern) perfection.  They have the Burger Kings and McDonalds jumping through hoops trying to meet the high new standards they’ve set.

2. The Fletcher Jones Audi/Volkswagen dealership (Chicago, IL) – This dealership has incorporated textured wall panels to give the building a unique architectural element while using creative open window panes.

VW Dealership

3. Live Strong Headquarters (Austin, TX) – The home base for the fight against cancer functions with so many purposes and ideas.  Its open space reinforces team collaboration and gives the feeling of a city street with multiple heights, textures and colors.  It has a gold-rated LEED certified status with numerous reused materials.

Live Strong Headquarters