Is this the world’s best looking music system?

British Hi-Fi outfit Naim Audio has unveiled a champagne finish edition of its celebrated Mu-so audio system. The model is exclusive to John Lewis until October 4, after which it receives wider distribution.

The Mu-so’s metal anodised body sports the new colour finish, complicated by a matching front grille.

The sound system has been widely hailed for its audio-engineering and industrial design. The Mu-so features six 75 watt amplifiers driving an integrated speaker array, delivering a total of 450w. A 32-bit digital signal processor handles audio decoding.

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The Mu-so needs to be connected to a home Wi-Fi network in order to stream music  from a connected PC, NAS storage device or streaming audio services, such as Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. There’s also support for Apple AirPlay 2 .

The system can also perform as part of a larger Naim multiroom set-up. Naim’sMu-so, Mu-so Qb and Uniti all-in-one players can all play the same song in-sync in up to five rooms.

Additional inputs include Bluetooth aptX, USB (for charging and playback of portable devices), a 3.5mm analogue input plus digital input for use with external music systems.  

“This beautiful new finish has been selected as it ideally represents both a ‘celebration’ of the continuing success of the Mu-so family, but also because it delivers a unique appearance that oozes sophistication and exclusivity from every last detail” says Simon Matthews, Group Design Director.

“The Champagne Mu-so special offers a highly desirable and unique aesthetic, appealing to those music lovers who do not settle for second best when it comes to luxury in the home.”

The Mu-so Special Edition Champagne Finish is priced £995, available now.

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Flatter your fireplace with Gerald Culliford stone

If you’re longing forward to warm winter nights, then maybe it’s time to embellish your fireplace with fine quality stone from Gerald Culliford. Specialists in natural and man-made surfaces, the company is offering a selection of materials suitable for use on a fireplace surround that are certain to make a design statement.

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If you’re looking to make heads turn, consider detailed coloured marble such as Rainforest Green (above) or Verde Luana. Adding a touch of glamour and sophistication to your scheme, a white marble such as Bianco Covelano will also create a beautiful frame for your fireplace.

Alternatively, the subtle textured finish of the dark Lundhs Emerald Norwegian natural stone will provide a sleek and contemporary finish to any interior.

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Gerald Culliford yard in Kingston-Upon-Thames houses a stock of materials from all over the world including a wide range of surfaces that are suitable for use on fireplace surrounds. Well worth a visit, we say.

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CEDIA to engage with designers at 100% Design

In line with its strategy to develop deeper engagement with the design and build community, CEDIA, the global trade association for manufacture and installers of home technology, is partnering with 100% Design (September 19 – 22 in Olympia, London).

As well as exhibiting on the show floor, CEDIA will alsotakeover the show’s CPD Hub on the second day, providing a series of CPD training sessions to visitors. 

100% Design has become a leading destination for architects and designers to discover interior design trends and emerging talent during London Design Festival. With more of the construction trade visiting the show each year and the UK experiencing a building boom, 100% Build London launches this year. Featuring the latest construction materials, innovative glazing technology, exterior surfaces, and integrated automation technology, 100% Build London is the only event to bring together construction, high end architecture, and interior design. 

On September 20, CEDIA will be hosting a number of thought-provoking sessions in the 100% Build London CPD Hub from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Covering every aspect of designing a future-ready home, the programme will help to clarify smart home technology in order to help designers further enrich the quality of projects and simplify the design and technology process.

This platform will allow CEDIA to build awareness and create demand for CEDIA members’ services with architects, builders, and designers. The CPD hub is open to all visitors, with BIID and RIBA members receiving CPD points to further their professional development. 

Sessions on the day will include:

12-1 pm: Designing Integrated Future-Ready Homes (RIBA and BIID accredited CPD) with Pip Evans, NV Integration
This course is aimed at design professionals who want to expand their knowledge of residential home technology installation. The session explores the processes involved and the advantages of working with a professional integrator at the start of a project. It will offer attendees the opportunity to discover how to integrate home technologies for now and the future.

1-2 pm: Understanding and Specifying Invisible Sound Solutions with Babs Moore and Phil Fisher, Amina
The Amina CPD explores the options of including sound in a project for entertainment, ambience, education, or safety, with zero visual intrusion to the look and feel of a property. 

2-3 pm: The importance of Interior Acoustic Surfaces in modern residential design with Rob Noble, Rockfon
This presentation covers the importance of, and solutions for incorporating acoustic surfaces into modern residential buildings and homes.

3-4 pm: Digital Revolution – what can automation deliver, with Chris Janes, Legrand
This course will look at the digital revolution and the rise in popularity of building automation. It will help attendees to understand smart automation, how to integrate levels of automation into any given project, and how this adds value.  

4-5 pm: Integrating Technology into Residential Design, with Nick Fichte, Crestron
Attendees will learn everything they need to know about smart homes at the Integrating Technology into Residential Design course, covering the latest home technology trends including Crestron Shades.

5-6 pm: Designing Integrated Future-Ready Homes (RIBA and BIID accredited CPD) with Andy Baker, Baker Stone
This course is aimed at design professionals who want to expand their knowledge of residential home technology installation. The session explores the processes involved and the advantages of working with a professional integrator at the start of a project. It will offer attendees the opportunity to discover how to integrate home technologies for now and the future. 

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Lagunitas Beer Circus is a frothy freak show

The Lagunitas Beer Circus is coming to London. The Californian brewing company are taking over Southwark’s Flat Iron Square on August 18 for what promises to be a memorable a day of danger and dancing.

The event combines neo gothic vaudeville, with music and fancy dress, complimented by a large selection of craft brews. Inside ID was invited to a preview and can confirm that this isn’t so much a circus as a whip-cracking, sword swallowing extravaganza. Small wonder no one under 18 is admitted. It’s also rather good fun.

The performers are straight out of Carnivàle and the music promises to be eclectic. Swing jazz combo Rum Buffalo (pictured below) performed at our preview.

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Lagunita Beer Taps

Lagunitas is well known for its IPA and ales, and will have some interesting options on tap (we recommend the Strawberry White).

Tickets cost £15 (with profits are going to the charity Wild At Heart). Entrance includes a welcome beer and drink token. Choose either the afternoon or evening session. Tickets to the Lagunitas Beer Circus are available through Eventbrite.

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Architettura Sonora marble speakers available in Harrods

Italian designer loudspeaker maker Architettura Sonora has formed a distribution partnership with the NuConnect Bang & Olufsen group that will see its unique high-end loudspeakers available through Harrods.

Visitors to the premium store’s third floor technology department will have a chance to to a closer look at the brand’s spectacular outdoor audio solutions. On display are six Architettura Sonora loudspeakers, including the new cube 2LV 2000W subwoofer, finished in Nero Marquina marble, and exclusive to Harrods, the Spherina range in gilded finishes with the brand’s new LED Mood light integration feature (pictured above).

Architettura Sonora, part of the B&C Speakers Group, has been making speakers for 70 years, at its factory in Tuscany.

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Upper 5th Shoreditch rooftop bar serves New York chic

The Capital has a cool new rooftop bar. Upper 5th,in Shoreditch, occupies the 5th floor  of the newly  opened Courthouse Hotel, and treats visitors to some spectacular views of the London  skyline.

The design vibe sets out to emulate contemporary New York, with a little London opulence. There’s room for up to 180 guests, with standing tables and lush scenery. The Garden is a reservation only area, with table service and inviting cabana sofa-­‐bed seating.  

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Both areas offer a cocktail menu, devised by resident mixologist, Danut Fundulea.
The menu features a variety of small plates and sharer options.
        
Upper 5th is open  from  3pm  (midweek) and 12pm (weekends) till  11pm. Virtual  DJs  spin dance tunes and house every weekend.

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