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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Task Lighting: Slim Is In

Task lighting for desks has come a long way from the days of old, when classic bankers lamps or flexible goose neck lamps were a common sight in most offices and homes. With LEDs rapidly replacing incandescent bulbs and making them virtually obsolete, desk fixtures have shed a...

Let There Be Light

Let’s face it: there are certain spaces that demand more risk-taking from designers than others. For architects and others looking to make a bold statement with dramatic impact, lighting is a powerful way to achieve that effect. Whether it’s for hotels, restaurants, or lobbies,...
Posted On 23 Jan 2014

Feeling Blue? Lighten Up!

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is no laughing matter. Ask the average Scandinavian during the depth of winter, and she’ll tell you the absence of daylight begins to wear on the psyche, resulting in feelings of depression. In fact, according to a CNN article, nearly 20 percent...
Posted On 09 Jan 2014

The Toilet Goes High-Tech

The bathroom isn’t a place where you’d expect to find a lot of high-tech. But leave it to the folks at Kohler to bring the latest digital innovations into the stall. As this promotional video illustrates, the Numi toilet is about as advanced as the average smart...
Posted On 08 Jan 2014

Fun With Foldable Lighting

If there’s one thing we love here at Cool Spaces! (other than exciting new architecture), it’s being presented with the unexpected. Such is the case with the Unfold Pendant Lamp from Muuto. Designed by Form Us With Love, this reinterpretation of an industrial design classic...
Posted On 03 Jan 2014

Virtual LED: The Marriage of Physics & Lighting

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have seen explosive growth in recent years thanks to rapid development in lighting technology—a trend that’s likely to continue as quality improves and prices drop. But what happens when you join the laws of physics and the power of a...
Posted On 10 Dec 2013

The Future of Glass: Touchable Functionality

With the launch of the iPhone in 2007, it seemed that glass surfaces changed overnight, and now we’re in a digitally tactile world where touchscreen technology reigns supreme. (Give a toddler an iPad and see how quickly she learns to swipe and navigate.) But the future of...
Posted On 08 Dec 2013

A Smarter Workplace: VIA (Vertical Intelligent Architecture)

If you work in an office, you’ve probably griped at one point or another about the conference rooms: balky, unreliable tools for phone and video conferences, poor integration of mobile tools like laptops and tablets, spaces that aren’t flexible enough to deal with...
Posted On 24 Oct 2013
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