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MAY 2019

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Award winners are judged on both technical and aesthet- ic criteria, with a broad swathe of judges that includes both technical judges and design judges. The most recent CEDIA Awards included four design judges on the panel: Carol Kurth, architect and interior designer, Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors in Bedford, NY; Barry Goralnick, principal of Barry Goralnick Architecture & Design, in New York City; Susie Rumbold, founder and creative director of Tessuto Interiors, a multidisciplinary design studio based in London, and Dean Keyworth, Armstrong Keyworth Ltd., in London. This month, Kitchen & Bath Design News spotlights a trio of CEDIA projects that were named finalists in the association's most recent competition. The next CEDIA Awards will be held in July in Chicago; more information can be obtained by visiting ICONIC LUXURY While technology lovers often prioritize tech above all else, this was not the case in this two-floor iconic luxury apartment building located in Vancouver, BC. The project offered dream aesthetics, with stunning views of a nearby beach, and the clients made it clear that they did not want the interior look and quality of finish compromised by the introduction of technology. Likewise, the clients wanted high quality audio throughout the home, but did not want the visual intrusion of speakers that might distract from the home's aesthetics. Aaron MacKenzie-Moore of Mitchell Freedland Design, General Contractor Jamie Weatherbie and technology inte- grator La Scala worked together to incorporate the desired technology without compromising the fresh look of the space. Hidden speakers bring audio to 16 zones, James subwoof- ers are integrated into the millwork and all three bedrooms have televisions on motorized lifts that raise and lower from custom cabinetry, the team notes. Lighting is an essential part of the design, including 90 loads of Lutron lighting and nearly 80 different shades. The functional aspects are seamlessly integrated into the space; for instance, if a room becomes too warm, the shade are automat- ically lowered. Additionally, the home features eight zones of HVAC control, and a number of well-designed scenes can be accessed via a touch of a button. Everything can be easily adjusted by the homeowner, the design team notes, including a "clean" scene that lights up the residence, raises all the TVs and brings pre-selected music into eight zones. ORTHODOX SOLUTION Technology at its best is about solving problems. This was particularly evident in the case of this Florida client who is both an avid technology enthusiast and a follower of Orthodox Judaism. The client's religious beliefs prohibit turning on any form of electronics during Shabbat (which begins a few min- utes before sunset on Friday and ends upon the appearance of three stars in the sky on Saturday evening), as well as the In this iconic luxury apartment, technology infiltrates every as- pect of the space, from the window shades that close automatically if the room becomes too warm to the lighting and wine storage. Designed to provide solutions for an Orthodox Jewish client whose religious beliefs preclude turning on electron- ics during Shabbat and religious holidays, this whole-home automation project integrates smart technology to allow for automated lighting, cooking, climate control and other home functions. Photos: Juan Oropeza/Juan Oropeza Photography May 2019 • 51

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