Learn how to use acoustic room treatments

Invision UK has announced a new acoustic treatment training course for 2018, from audio specialists Artnovion.

Artnovion makes high quality acoustic products with a sense of style. The company’s portfolio includes absorption and diffusion panels, bass traps, portable acoustic products and variable acoustic solutions, all with an stylish look.

The Artnovion customer base includes recording and broadcast studios, educational establishments, hotels and restaurants, home cinemas and residential developments, factories and workplaces.

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If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to improve the sound of rooms you work on, these trad courses are well worth investigating. The Artnovion Acoustic Treatment training will be held on the following dates: March 21  (Cedia HQ, St Neots); June 19 (Cedia HQ, St Neots); September 19 (Glossop Training Centre) and November 14 (Cedia HQ, St Neots)

The course fee is £25 per person and installers can register for courses here

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CEDIA Life Lived Best at Home Award open for entries

CEDIA Awards programme is now open and accepting entries for both the home technology professional awards and the manufacturer awards. A panel of design/build professionals will select a winner for the Life Lived Best at Home Award and the Technology Meets Design Award.

“CEDIA’s Awards programme recognises technical excellence and product innovation, and celebrates the many ways technology enhances the home,” said Jenny Scott, CEDIA Director of Member Engagement. “We are excited to be able to launch the programme earlier this year, providing members needed time to complete the entry process.”

Categories for the home technology professional awards are as follows: Integrated Home; Media Room; Home Cinema; Innovative Solution or System; Showroom; Auto, Marine, or Aircraft; and Multiple Dwelling Unit Design. Installations may be entered in multiple categories and are judged by industry technical experts. Entrants compete and are recognised within their region — Americas, EMEA, or Asia Pacific — based on their primary location.

Finalists, announced in July, will be considered for additional sub-category awards based on their region. Deadline for entry is April 2.

The CEDIA manufacturer awards include the following categories: Best New Software Product, Best New Hardware Product, and Product Hall of Fame. All entries are evaluated by industry professionals, and finalists will be selected in August. Deadline for entry is 14th May 2018.

Americas winners will be announced and recognised at the CEDIA Expo in San Diego, CA. EMEA winners will be announced and recognised at the 2018 EMEA Awards event in London. Asia Pacific winners will be announced on August 23 at the CEDIA Awards event in conjunction with Integrate 2018. Members may begin their entry at www.cedia.net/awards.

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Crestron gets legendary at London Design Week 2018

Crestron, the luxury interior technology specialist, has announced big plans for this spring’s London Design Week, which returns to the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour to bring design enthusiasts the latest creative trends. Based around the theme of ‘Legends’, LDW will present original collaborations between designers and tastemakers, to celebrate a new spirit of individuality to inspire excellence in design. 

In-keeping with the theme of ‘Legends’, Crestron will be holding an intuitive talk with Poltrona Frau front man Tristan Forrest on Monday 5th March. Held at its stunning showroom, located on the 2nd Floor of the South Dome, the luxurious and stylish surroundings provide the perfect backdrop to discuss the future of home technology and how furniture and interior design could be influenced by lifestyle technology and how this affects the client’s expectations. Click here to book your space. 

Following the discussion, guests will be treated to a ‘create your own gin cocktail’ masterclass, by specialists from renowned gin bar and restaurant No. 97. Become a ‘Legend’ in your own right by creating a masterpiece in the form of your very own signature cocktail.

Petra van Meeuwen, Media Relations Director at Crestron, comments, “This year’s theme of ‘legends’ is a great opportunity to bring together the imaginative and stylish minds of design professionals. It encapsulates design, art, fashion and technology to create collaborated, yet unique trend-driven spaces. With our exclusive talk with high-profile industry designer Poltrona Frau and a hands-on creative masterclass, we hope to encourage our guests to become their own legends.”

Crestron Showroom - DCCH (2) CopyOn  March 7, the Crestron showroom will be the perfect setting for a Women in AV Event (WAVE). In keeping with the theme of ‘Legends’, we will be celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8) by getting some ‘leGINdary’ women in the Av industry and Interior Design Community together for an afternoon of gin tasting. Click here to book your space.

On Thursday March 8, BIID President Charles Leon invites BIID designer members to join him for breakfast between 8.30am and 10.30am at the Crestron showroom. The event is a great opportunity for interior professionals to meet the President, network with other members and discuss topics that affect the day to day management of running a design practice. This is the first session in a series of breakfast networking events entitled ‘Let’s Talk Software’, looking at software packages and the benefits and pitfalls of the software tools currently used within the industry. Click here to book your place.

Also on March 8, Crestron will be hosting an inspirational LDW 2018 CPD course entitled ‘Integrating Technology into Residential Design’ at its 2nd floor showroom. This insightful course will cover the latest home technology trends including Crestron Shades. Starting at 4pm with drinks, canapés and networking from 5-6pm. To register your place for this event please click here.

To top it all off, Crestron will also be giving lucky members of the press and designers the chance to win a Sonos Play1/Amazon Echo bundle. To be in with a chance of winning this incredible prize, please visit the Crestron EMEA showroom during LDW 2018 and come and see the latest bespoke home technology solutions to create your very own lifestyle in your own home. 

Be part of the Design Community’s digital world and share your favourites with this hashtag #LegendsAtDCCH @designcentrech.

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UK: Houzz Launches Home Products Marketplace

Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design, today announced the launch of theHouzz Shop, its home products marketplace, in the UK. With the Houzz Shop, UK homeowners, design enthusiasts and home professionals can buy more than 100,000 products and materials from over 2,500 sellers from across Europe, directly on the Houzz site and app. From rugs to tiles, to lighting and bathroom vanities, Houzz UK’s product catalogue, which is growing daily, includes items for major renovation projects and self builds as well as furniture and small decor items.

“Since day one, we have been focused on creating the single best home renovation and design experience by bringing everything people need to improve their homes together under one roof,” said Houzz co-founder and CEO Adi Tatarko. “We’re delighted to bring the Houzz Shop to the UK so that people can discover, learn about, and now buy all the products and materials to complete their home projects directly on Houzz.”

With the launch of the Houzz Shop, Houzz is also introducing its View in My Room tool within its app for iPhone, iPad and Android. With View in My Room, app users can see any product from the Houzz Shop in their rooms in augmented-reality mode, allowing people to view how products look in their own homes before buying. View in My Room is an extension of Sketch, a feature within the Houzz app that gives people the power to experiment with home decor options by adding products from the Houzz Shop to any photo.

Houzz introduced its home products marketplace in the U.S. in October 2014, and the UK is the first country to launch the Houzz Shop outside of North America. Houzz’s UK community has grown to more than two million monthly unique users and over 65,000 active home renovation and design professionals in more than 65 trades, such as architects, interior designers and home builders.

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Trends: Classic copper and brass bring chic back

Inspired by the classic designs of the past, the collection from The Radiator Company includes vast style options, whether you’re opting for timeless tradition or looking for an ultra-modern design. Perfect for period properties or introducing the charm of tradition to more contemporary homes, The Radiator Company’s collection of classic designs promises an elegant statement in any room of the home.

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Cast iron perfectly captures tradition with the material dating back to the Victorian era and designs evoking an element of nostalgia. With a selection of cast iron radiators to choose from, Trieste provides a decorative feature whilst Priory offers sleek curves and Ledbury explores a more contemporary, defined design. The material has the benefit of holding heat long after the heating is switched off, making it perfect for properties with less insulation.

Ancona is another radiator that is incredibly classic in style. The multi-column design of the range makes for a versatile product with hundreds of size possibilities and every Ancona radiator available in 2-6 column options. Crafted from steel, the properties of the material ensure the collection is extremely durable with beautiful brushed and polished finishes available, including the new galvanised options of Satin Nickel, Antique Brass and Antique Copper.

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Continuing from the main living areas of the home, The Radiator Company have created traditional towel rail designs that range from the curved floor standing style of Lingfield to the simple and elegant Chalfont collection. Combining both classic and contemporary influences, the designs are ideal to complete any stylish bathroom scheme.

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