Consumer Electronics Show regulars reported that this year’s show was pretty similar to last year- no real standouts. CES buzz somewhat predictably centered around drones, cars, wearables, tracking technologies, oculus, and home innovations. Here’s the skinny: Drones drones drones. Embracing the millennial attitude, Lyft has partnered with GM to bring us self driving cars, because do we really need to own a car when we can simply pay a subscription fee to drive one? Wearables are expected to “disappear” in 2016, meaning that they will morph from clunky to fashionable. Tracking technologies and cameras will be everywhere, so you better behave.
Now, onto home innovation standouts, here and on the way: [Read more…] about Home Innovation Buzz, 2016
Today is one of those unusual days where Dallas is actually cold. Even icy… how bizarre to think that it was warmer in Frankfurt last week when I was there for the Ambiente Show. Southerners do NOT know how to drive in cold weather – where I grew up, flurries could shut the city down. Here, a little slush and ice equate to closed schools and businesses. Nothing like New England, but still to be taken seriously.
So… I have been pouring over photographs from the show, enjoying my favorite finds all over again from the comfort of my office. My bucket list has been amended to now include dishes. Let’s be frank: I need more storage and lots of it if I plan to have all of the dishes I would like to entertain with. I will warn you now that this post is photo heavy, so I plan to keep quiet while you peruse my favorite dining finds from Ambiente Show. You can thank me now for giving you a VISUAL tour; just walking the halls to find these items might log an easy 5-7 miles onto your jawbone or fitbit – I kid you not. The odds are good that your most comfortable business attire shoes are no match for this tradeshow track meet. The show is enormous – so big that it even has a dedicated stop on the S-Bahn – 4,800 vendors – and over 140,000 attendees. Ambiente is the biggest kitchen, household and table trade show in the world (and the 3rd biggest trade show in the world in general). It occupies what I will call a campus of interconnected buildings with moving walkways to help get you to your next destination. The U.S. was Ambiente’s partner country this year, so Ambiente wisely partnered with Veronika Miller of Modenus – which is how I got invited. Lucky me to be part of such a great group.
So… what did we see in Frankfurt? Frankly, a LOT. [Read more…] about Dining Trends- Ambiente Look Book
Well, it’s that time of year again and the 2015 Color of the Year has been announced: Marsala. Outside of a smattering of deferential nods to the color selection, the reaction weights overwhelmingly to the less enthused. Here is what the experts have to say about it: [Read more…] about Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala. Reactions & Top 10 Predictions
If you ever want to know what the next big thing is in technology, you would be smart to ask a venture capital investor who specializes in technology deals. I did just that, and was amazed by what I learned, especially in light of the latest iPhone release. If you have interest in where technology is headed, you are in for an interesting read with this interview: [Read more…] about The iPhone6 … and Tech Trends
Mountain Modern- The new buzzy term that signifies the aesthetic transition to high-tech and updated “rustic”.
Because technology has freed today’s entrepreneurs to be able to work from anywhere, professionals are trading their cubicle view for mountain views. This mobile mindset makes economic sense, and we see people opting to spend more time in their second homes. With this in mind, home buyers are expecting more of properties – and are willing to pay more for a place that they will use more. We see ski homes losing some of their rustic structural elements and decor for updates to accommodate more than a brief unplugged getaway; second homes become primary homes, “luxe lodges”, in this paradigm shift. The stores,design studios and properties of Telluride, Colorado reflect where this trend is headed… let’s take a look. [Read more…] about Ski House Design- the Mountain Modern Trend