Industry experts discuss how interior automation is the next big thing in the field of interior design
It is a modern fact that technology has been affecting major aspects of our lives and, according to experts, is now a dominant part of our living space and interiors. The word ‘automated’ itself suggests converting regular actions into automatic operations. This is exactly what is happening indoors, be it residential houses or commercial areas. Slowly, the spaces we choose to inhabit and surround us are turning into techno rooms.
With convenience being something most address when speaking of interior automation, everyday tasks such as closing the blinds or switching on the television are undergone with the click of a single remote.
“[Interior automation] gives the end-user a convenience and flexibility in placement and use of products,” affirms Brian Bjørn Hansen, senior manager, R&D, Bang & Olufsen.
However, designers are taking further precaution to ensure that new technology systems blend in well with the overall design.
“Technology should always respect and complement the vision and concept created by designers,“ explains Amir Anwar, director at Dubai Audio. He continues: “It is critical that technology maintains the harmony between design and convenience.”
Omar Hikal, CEO, Archimedia agrees: “The beauty of technology is often in how it can be invisible. The most significant innovations in technology are those that allow the aesthetic to take centre stage and yet are able to deliver high performance when needed.”
The invisibility of electronics is a major part of automated interiors, making it easier to “set the scene and pull out the products that you like to use at a given time,” describes Hansen.
Lighting, being a crucial mediator of any space, can also be influenced by the subtle uses of interior electronics.
“The fact that both artificial and natural light can be controlled through various dimming settings or electrical curtains or blinds makes it possible to use light combined with the A/V products as an ambiance creator,” Hansen thoroughly suggests.
Dilip Sirha, business leader of environmental and combustion controls at Honeywell, Middle East believes that interior automation is not only about concealing televisions and speakers but can be applied across all areas of a living space.