Smart & Blue Unveils 3 New Smart Shower Products plus First International Availability at CES 2017 in Las Vegas

In the run-up to CES 2017 in Las Vegas, French Eco-Tech company Smart & Blue today announced three new HYDRAO smart showerhead products, the much-awaited international availability of its products, plus new industry awards. Smart & Blue is an innovation leader in smart solutions for water conservation. Headquartered in Grenoble, France, the company was founded by founder Gabriel Dell Monica in 2015. The company now employs 10 people directly.sb_logo

The new HYDRAO Loop and First smart showerheads and HYDRAO Drop smart shower light bring innovation, color, enjoyment – and now French design chic – to the bathroom. They are designed to increase awareness of water usage and encourage reduced water and energy consumption. HYDRAO First will be the first product to become available internationally – starting tomorrow.

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Smart & Blue Founder Gabriel Dell Monica

The designs of HYDRAO Loop and Drop have already won two new CES Innovation Awards: HYDRAO Loop in the Smart Home category and HYDRAO Drop in Tech for a Better World category.

THREE NEW SMART SHOWER SOLUTIONS

HYDRAO Loop: a combination of advanced Smart & Blue technology innovation with French luxury design to bring smart-shower capabilities to stylish, modern bathrooms.

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HYDRAO Loop smart shower set (Photo: Business Wire)

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HYDRAO Loop Hand shower

HYDRAO Drop: adds smart-shower water saving capabilities to an existing shower. It is simple to install, and has a flexible arm that can be positioned to illuminate any shower surface or water jet.

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HYDRAO Loop on a showerhead

HYDRAO First: a fun, educational and affordable smart hand shower. Launched in France at the end of 2016, HYDRAO First is available internationally from Jan. 4th 2017.

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HYDRAO First is a LED-illuminated showerhead that brings color and enjoyment to families, while educating users on water usage.

SMART-SHOWER INNOVATION WITH LUXURY DESIGN

DESIGN INNOVATION AND WATER EFFICIENCY: Both HYDRAO Loop and Drop benefit from a new miniaturized version of Smart & Blue’s patented smart shower technology, allowing users to benefit from a sleek, streamlined design, with no compromise to HYDRAO’s water conservation guidance. Also new is the ability to allow individual users to monitor their own personal usage and savings – on either one or multiple HYDRAO smart showers.

New smart water pressure innovations also let users enjoy an enhanced shower experience, even at low pressure levels.1 These enhancements include increased energy efficiency for the internal turbine, new water pressure regulation capabilities and an innovative aerated water flow feature. Together they ensure optimum water flow and lighting intensity, while decreasing overall water consumption.

For professional customers, the fully modular, interchangeable design of HYDRAO Loop and Drop allow for design customization. Smart & Blue smart shower technology can also be integrated into own designs. Continue reading

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The Largest Cake Expo, The Americas Cake Fair, in North and South America Rolls Into Orlando October 13-15, 2017

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More than 10,000 baking industry professionals and consumer cake enthusiasts from around the world will descend on Central Florida next October when The Americas Cake Fair (Cake Fair) makes its sweet return to the area. The Americas’ largest and most dynamic trade and consumer show for the pastry, bakery, sugar art and chocolate industries will be held October 13-15 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The event is hosted by Satin Ice, which is made by Satin Fine Foods, Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer distributing its premium range of cake decorating products to more than 60 countries worldwide. Pre-registration is now open to receive event updates and special offers.

The highly anticipated international show will once again convene a passionate group of baking professionals, industry buyers, pastry chefs, cake artists, retail bakers, hobbyists and everyday foodies for a three-day celebration of cake, chocolate and sugar artistry. The inaugural Americas Cake Fair – the first show of its kind in North and South America held here in 2015 and became an immediate sensation among professionals and consumers, alike._mg_8889_b

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Cakes on display from the Live Global Cake and Chocolate Challenges, where international teams and individuals, respectively, battled for top honors.

Internationally popular pastry chef and television personality Duff Goldman, star of Food Network reality shows Ace of Cakes, Duff Till Dawn, and Holiday Baking Championship, among others, will delight attendees during his stage appearances on Saturday and Sunday. Other world-renowned cake industry celebrities scheduled to present throughout the weekend include Mich Turner, whose clientele includes The Queen of England, Madonna and David Beckham; and pastry genius Ron Ben-Israel, named “the Manolo Blahnik of wedding cakes” by The New York Times.

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The Sugar Arts Fashion Show, with models strutting the runway adorned by cake costumes and edible ensembles

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First CES 2017 Keynote Announced: NVIDIA CEO to Address Latest in Artificial Intelligence, Self-Driving Cars, Virtual Reality, Gaming

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ announced its first keynote speaker for CES® 2017: NVIDIA co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, who will deliver the event’s preshow address at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association, CES will run Jan. 5-8, 2017, in Las Vegas, NV.Print

NVIDIA has spent the last two decades pioneering Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) computing. It invented the GPU in 1996 and has evolved it into a computer brain that gives humans the power to simulate virtual worlds and gives computers the intelligence to understand the real world. NVIDIA is now the world leader in AI computing — turning science fiction into reality.

Huang co-founded NVIDIA in 1993 and has served since then as president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors. Noted by Harvard Business Review as one of the world’s 100 best-performing CEOs, he is a recipient of the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award from the Global Semiconductor Association and has received other accolades, most notably the Daniel Epstein Engineering Management Award from the University of Southern California, and an honorary doctorate from Oregon State University. He is also a founding honoree of the U.S. Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

The Autonomous Vehicle Marketplace — formally known as Vehicle Intelligence — has grown by 75 percent since its inception at CES 2014. NVIDIA will exhibit alongside automotive manufacturers in the North Hall at CES 2017. Plus, more than a dozen CES conference sessions are dedicated to autonomous vehicles and vehicle technology.

NVIDIA plays a central role in some of the most important technology forces changing our world today,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “Its work in artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, VR and gaming puts the company on the leading edge of the industry. Mr. Huang is a visionary CEO who consistently anticipates trends well before their arrival. I am especially pleased to welcome him to the keynote stage given the growth we’ve seen in all of these areas on the CES show floor.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. The Association also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.

CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years – the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the technology trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.

For a sneak-peek into Huang’s CES keynote address, check out what NVIDIA has to say about it. Registration for CES 2017 is now open. Visit CES.tech for more information. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at CES.tech and on social.

SCAD Announces Line-Up For 2016 Savannah Film Festival

Jackie” to Open Fest; “La La Land” and “Arrival” set as Spotlight and Centerpiece Gala Screenings

Additional Gala Screenings and Docs to Watch Announced

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has announce its line-up of films for the 2016 Savannah Film Festival, including Gala Screenings, Signature Series, Docs to Watch and a new Global Shorts Forum. The festival will launch on Saturday, Oct. 22 with “Jackie” and will feature the Spotlight Gala Screening of “La La Land” and Centerpiece Gala Screening of “Arrival.”

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Hosted by SCAD, the annual event has celebrated cinematic creativity from award-winning professionals and emerging filmmakers for 19 years. The festival will be held in downtown Savannah, Georgia, and runs from Saturday, Oct. 22 to Saturday, Oct. 29.

The 19th annual festival gathers a diverse group of industry professionals from all fields of the business to participate in panels and Q&A discussions on several topics about the film, television and digital media business. More importantly, the Festival, and the competition, provides students with opportunities as unique as the movies on the screen. It’s a chance for SCAD students to exclusively connect with leaders from the entertainment industry through master classes, coffee talks, lectures and panel discussions and a chance for Savannah, a premier film hub, to promote quality movies produced by independent and studio filmmakers.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Opening Gala Screening: “Jackie” – A searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). “Jackie” places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well. Director: Pablo Larrain. Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and John Hurt.la_la_land_xlg-1

Spotlight Gala Screening: “La La Land” – Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. Director: Damien Chazelle. Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and John Legend.arrival_ver3_xlg

Centerpiece Gala Screening: “Arrival” – When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team — led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) — is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers — and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. Director: Denis Villeneuve. Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg and Mark O’Brien.

GALA SCREENINGS: The annual Gala Screenings spotlight upcoming studio films before their wide releases, including this year’s entries: Continue reading

Annual Spring Dallas Metro Antique Postcard & Paper Americana Show and Sale Comes To Plano, March 18-19

Large crowds of enthusiastic collectors are anticipated when the Annual Spring Dallas Metro Antique Postcard & Paper Americana Show and Sale hits Plano, TX, Friday and Saturday, March 18, March 19, 2016. This is the 2016 edition of the Dallas Metro Postcard Spring Show and Sale, produced by Jim Taylor and CourthouseSquare.net. The Spring Dallas Metro show involves buyers and sellers from across the U.S. and nearly a million antique postcards, vintage paper Americana, ephemera and antique photography.2016.RG.dallas.spring.New-Venue.600

The show is located in a new venue this year: Comfort Inn and Suites Plano East, 700 Central Parkway East, (Exit 29, East side of Expressway, 3 blocks north of South Fork Hotel on Expressway frontage road, just behind new Furr’s Cafeteria, LaQuinta) Plano, TX 75074

In addition to postcards, vintage paper sellers from around the country will be there with a wide selection of old valentines, die-cut Victorian Scrap, Western Americana, military and Native American photos.Howdy from Dallas

Vendors are bringing original historical photographs of Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Civil War, Western American, Route 66, mining, sports, political, maps, Native Americans, rodeo, movie, railroadiana, Oklahoma and Indian Territory, Victorian era, Kewpies, 101 Ranch, Border War and thousands of other topical and state view postcards. Other historical paper memorabilia and ephemera are also for sale.

Available at the show are archival postcard supplies and reference volumes, plus free Barr’s Postcard News issues while supplies last. Vendors buy collections and accumulations as well as give free appraisals of most all vintage postcards, old photographs, and paper ephemera as time allows.

Our Spring show includes educational displays of antique and collectible postcards from many of the attendees, competing for a “Best of Show” award, and promotion of the Dallas Postcard Club membership.

Early bird” admission cost, available at 9 a.m., Friday is $6 and covers both days. Regular admission is $4 per person, and is available at 10 a.m.; it too covers both days.

Show times are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday, March 18, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, March 19; with 9 a.m. early bird. Free parking is available.

Kabinett: 27 Curated Exhibitions Highlighted At Art Basel’s Miami Beach 2015 Show

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 11am to 8pm (by invitation only)

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Thursday, December 3, 2015, 11am to 3pm (by invitation only)

Public Days

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 3pm to 8pm

Friday, December 4, 2015, 12noon to 8pm

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 12noon to 8pm

Sunday, December 6, 2015, 12noon to 6pm

Atmosphere at Galleries, Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 © Art Basel

Atmosphere at Galleries, Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 © Art Basel

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013 | Impression © Art Basel

A decade after its inauguration in 2005, Kabinett has become a much-loved and highly praised sector of Art Basel Miami Beach in which galleries display concise curated installations within their booths. This year’s 27 curated exhibitions will feature work by Eduardo Basualdo, Adolfo Bernal, Chris Burden, Waltercio Caldas, Michael Craig-Martin, Suzanne Duchamp, Jan Fabre, Li Gang, Al Held, Glenn Kaino, Joseph Kosuth, Dr. Lakra, Deana Lawson, Jochen Lempert, Isa Melsheimer, Meuser, John Miller, Chris Ofili, Richard Pettibone, Sigmar Polke, Stephen Prina, Ana Sacerdote, Zilia Sánchez, Alan Sonfist, Stanley Twardowicz, Agnès Varda and Nari Ward. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, runs from December 3 – December 6, 2015

Atmosphere, Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 © Art Basel

Atmosphere, Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 © Art Basel

Highlights this year include a new installation by Glenn Kaino (b. 1972, United States) at Kavi Gupta. ‘The Internationale’ (2015) is comprised of a recreation of a 19th-century Pierrot and the Moon automata installed within a pitch-black room. Triggered by the presence of spectators, the moon will trace the movement of visitors with its eye, speak fragments of seminal texts on post-colonial theory, and sing The Internationale, the classic French song of the 19th-century socialist movement.

Lia Rumma, Joseph Kosuth, Installation view 'Texts for nothing' Samuel Beckett, in play, 2010. Photo credit - Daniele Nalesso; Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Lia Rumma, Joseph Kosuth, Installation view ‘Texts for nothing’ Samuel Beckett, in play, 2010. Photo credit – Daniele Nalesso; Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Text will be a point of entry for Galleria Lia Rumma’s presentation of neon works by Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945, United States). The series, conceived in 2010, features sentences formed in white neon installed in a floor-to-ceiling matte black space. From one angle, the phrases will appear to be composed of small points of lights, however on shifting one’s point of view the words can be read clearly, bringing into question the viewer’s relationship to language. Likewise, Casas Riegner will present a selection of text-based pieces by Adolfo Bernal (b. 1954 – d. 2008, Colombia). Comprising one- or two-word posters to vintage photographs and objects from the late 1970s and early 1980s, all of which highlight his interest in the visual power of words.

Casas Riegner, Adolfo Bernal, The End, 1980. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Casas Riegner, Adolfo Bernal, The End, 1980. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Reflecting on seminal works by Chris Burden (b. 1946 – d. 2015, United States), the acclaimed artist who passed away this year, Galerie Krinzinger will exhibit hisDeluxe Photo Book 1971 – 1973′, a hand-painted binder containing all of the photodocumentation and explanatory texts of the first three years of his performances. This will be accompanied by material from Burden’s laterBridgesseries, as well as works on paper and smaller sculptures.

Lehmann Maupin, Nari Ward, Swing Low, 2015. Photo - Elisabeth Bernstein; Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Lehmann Maupin, Nari Ward, Swing Low, 2015. Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein; Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

New works by Nari Ward (b. 1963, Jamaica) at Lehmann Maupin will reflect on his ongoing concerns with how the art object can challenge societal power structures. The centerpiece is We Shall Overcome(2015), a large-scale wall installation that brings to mind both the African American Civil Rights Movement from the 1960s and current issues of race, identity and politics. Photographs by Deana Lawson (b. 1979, United States) inspired by the materiality and expression of black cultures globally will be on view at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Drawn from across the last decade, the presentation will be a collective portrait, which investigates black aesthetics through the body, the domestic environment and various settings of ritual or celebration.

Galerie Lelong, Zilia Sánchez. Soy Isla [I am an Island], ca. 1970. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Galerie Lelong, Zilia Sánchez. Soy Isla [I am an Island], ca. 1970. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Kabinett will include several works that have rarely and in some cases never been seen before. Bringing together the feminine and the erotic, a selection of shaped canvases by Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Cuba) will be presented by Galerie Lelong. Since the 1950s, Sánchez’s unique approach to formal abstraction has rarely been seen outside of Puerto Rico. At Art Basel Miami Beach, Galerie Lelong will feature recent and historic works such asAntigonía (1970),Módulo Infinito (1978) and ‘El Silencio de Eros(1982-1990)along with works on paper from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Van Doren Waxter, Al Held, 60-1 (detail), 1960. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Van Doren Waxter, Al Held, 60-1 (detail), 1960. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Galerie Nathalie Obadia will feature photographs by Agnès Varda (b. 1928, Belgium) created from 1962 to 1963, four years after the Cuban revolution. Many of the vintage prints that will be on view – which capture the island’s post-revolutionary ambiance and the premises of a Latino-socialism utopia – have never been exhibited before. A selection of assertive, freehand India ink drawings by Al Held (b. 1928 – d. 2005, United States) from 1960 will be on view at Van Doren Waxter; the works foreshadow the hard-edged geometry that he was to become known for in his later paintings.

Two Kabinett presentations will be located within the Edition sector. Alan Cristea Gallery will install new editions and mono-prints by Michael Craig-Martin (b. 1941, Ireland), including the world premiere of a new set of letterpress editions and a grouping of screenprints that will be shown for the first time in the United States. Two Palms will present Black Shunga(2008-2015) by Chris Ofili (b. 1968, United Kingdom), a suite of 11 erotic line etchings printed on specially prepared paper with a dark blue color-shifting metallic surface. The series refers to Shunga, a Japanese style of erotic art that peaked in the Edo period (1603-1867). Ofili’s etchings reveal themselves slowly; upon close inspection, fine lines emerge depicting figures entwined. Continue reading

The 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show Expands to Two Locations; Delivers New Programming, Special Events, and Installations

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The Architectural Digest Home Design Show, the premier U.S. luxury design fair, is set to run from March 19–22, 2015, at New York City’s Piers 92 & 94, 55th Street and Twelfth Avenue. The show is produced by Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI), a division of Vornado, in partnership with Architectural Digest and co-sponsored by The New York Times.

Panoramic View at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Panoramic View at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

 

The show explores the world of design through inspiring installations, high-caliber programming, exciting special events, and more, (featuring more than 400 premium brands and covers a range of categories including: furniture, accessories, art, kitchen and bath products, flooring, rugs, carpets, electronics, ceramics, stone + tile, wall covering, lighting, outdoor products, building products and more). The show, open to both the design trade and consumers, has expanded this year, taking over adjacent spaces Pier 92 and Pier 94, together with DIFFA’s (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) showstopping DINING BY DESIGN. Popular areas such as Furniture & Furnishings, MADE, the SHOPS, and reFRESH will each feature a notably larger roster of new talent in addition to returning exhibitors like Scavolini, Ligne Roset + LV Wood, Orley Shabahang, PELLE, Asher Israelow, and Calico Wallpaper.

Show highlights include:

• Exhibitions by a diverse range of 400+ brands in the luxury home market— from Fortune 500 companies to artisanal studios.

• More than a dozen new complimentary panels and talks by leading talents in 21st-century design, including a keynote presentation by Architectural Digest Editor in Chief Margaret Russell and the celebrated New York Times Design Series.

• New international exhibitors from the Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, and France.

DIFFA's DINING BY DESIGN table viewing at Pier 92 at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014: Ralph Lauren

DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN table viewing at Pier 92 at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014: Ralph Lauren

 

MADE—a juried show-within-a-show featuring artists and designers with limited-edition, custom, and one-of-a-kind objects and furnishings— welcomes 69 new exhibitors. It will be a showcase of talent from around the country (Austin, Brooklyn, Detroit, Nashville, Providence, Seattle, and more) and around the world. An expanded Los Angeles contingent at MADE will include Eric Trine, Parachute Home, Wolfum, 100xbtr, Brendan Ravenhill, Ria Leigh, Elyse Graham, BROOK&LYN, Mimi Jung, and Lewis Mauk. Additionally, more than 30 businesses exhibiting are women-owned or -run. Continue reading