Home Technology at Dwell on Design 2009

Primarily a trade show that revolves around home design and architecture, there were a handful of items related to home technology shown at this year's Dwell on Design exhibition worth noting, including BDi's line of home theater cabinets and storage and Blu Dot's Juice Box (both shown at San Diego retailer Hold It's booth), Sidecar Furniture's retro themed TV Console, Zuvo Water Purator (UV tech filtration) and the earth battery powered Soil Clock (which didn't seem to be working). Our personal favourite product shown and added to the ever-growing "if we win the lottery" list is the Dado Express Pocket Door, a microprocessor controlled automatic door which opens and closed using a touch panel and fingerprint scanning technology...would be nicely paired to the Deco-futuristic home theater shown earlier today...

What we wished we had seen more at Dwell on Design were more integrated home theater + furniture solutions (we're thinking in the same vein as Geneva Sound's designs), alongside automated home theater products that merge with the rest of the home. There were a handful of LED task lighting solutions we had seen before at ICFF, the east coast furniture fair, with Dwell on Design offering more green tech solutions that included residential solar paneling and even a Tesla electric sports car parked next to a renovated Airstream trailer. Hoepfully in time, Dwell on Design grows large enough a whole section of the show could be dedicated to home tech integration, but for now, it seems like a micro-niche.