A survey by Coldwell Banker Previews International® and the Luxury Institute recently found that 32% of wealthy consumers place importance on home automation and technology. That means anything luxe and “wired” is in this season!
To get into the holiday giving spirit, Previews® consulted the top experts in the home décor world to find this year’s grandest gadgets, gizmos and goods for the techie trendsetter who has everything. From a $3,800 star-shaped LED lighting system to a $90,000 monumental Chippendale easy chair (for tapping away on your iPad, of course!), our first holiday gift guide includes both traditional tech innovations and rare passion purchases that allow this growing niche of affluent buyers to do what they do best: connect.
Synapse by Luceplan
With the Synapse system designed by Francisco Gomez Paz for Italian lighting manufacturer Luceplan, you’ll help transform your stylish friend’s favorite room into a modern winter wonderland. (Instead of snowflakes, you’ll have 24 star-shaped modules illuminated by a color-adjustable LED.) Synapse is one illuminating innovation after another: one star snaps together with the next, providing electricity to the others connected to it. Luceplan recommends a minimum size of 24 shells, which retail for $3,800. Call (212) 966-1399 or go to www.luceplan.com to find a retailer near you.
Monumental Chippendale Stop Fluted Serpentine Seat Easy Chair
Technologically advanced it is not—but the Monumental Chippendale Chair practically calls out for those moments when you want nothing more than to plop down on its loose cushion and flip on your iPad for some good old-fashioned digital “surfing.” Offered as part of a private collection, the chair was thought to be custom-made for John Brown (1733-1785) in Newport, Rhode Island, giving it a provenance that extends centuries past the age of that clever little tablet in your hands. Perfect for that person in your life who appreciates a mix of old and new, this rare find is offered exclusively at 1stdibs.com for $90,000.
W Collection by La Cornue
Searching for the hautest kitchen essentials for the gastronomical genius in your home? Look no further than La Cornue. The French gourmand might be known for traditional styling—but this year, the company turned its high-performance stoves up a notch with the modern W Collection. Developed in collaboration with French architect-designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the W Collection’s line of chests, consoles and professional-grade stovetops and ovens has been called “a true technological feat.” Expect all the bells and whistles of the electric Château vault oven turret—four cooking modes and electronically controlled in steps of five degrees—but with a sleek twist. Prices start at $7,500. More information can be found at www.lacornueusa.com.
Top Brewer by Scanomat
Oh, what to get the coffee aficionado who has every brewing gadget under the sun? One word: TopBrewer, Scanomat’s answer to every coffee lover’s dream of making cappuccino right from his iPhone or iPad. The automatic coffee machine will grind your beans, measure out ingredients and foam milk, before—voila—presenting you with the perfect cup. Designed to be built into any tabletop, the iOS-controlledTopBrewer features an elegant tap crafted of stainless steel for a decidedly small footprint. To find out where to buy, visit www.scanomat.com.
Only a true cinephile will appreciate the unique proposition of PRIMA Cinema: you can watch movies in the comfort of your private home theater as soon as they are released in the theaters. The system includes a Cinema Player, a rack-mountable box loaded with a hard drive, plus a wired fingerprint reader used to ensure the owner’s identity. Movies download automatically to the hard drive, so they’re ready to view when you’re in a movie-watching mood. For $35,000, why not give the film experience at home? PRIMA Cinema also offers exclusive at-home opening premieres. The only thing not included is the popcorn! Call (855) PRIMA12 or email info@primacinema for purchase information.
Ametis by Graff
When it comes to the bath, forget fancy music-playing toilets this year. It’s all about the high-tech shower. The Ametis shower by Graff fuses modern design with modern technology in the most beautiful way: the continuous line of the shower column melds together harmoniously with an integrated chromatherapy system featuring RGB LED lighting sleekly tucked within the ring. White, red, green and blue lights create just the right mood, while four spray options (rain, waterfall, body sprayer option and an outlet for matching hand-shower) allow your significant other to wash away a day of stress. Imagine: for $15,000, you could give the gift of calm and relaxation. To find out where to buy, go to www.graff-faucets.com.