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  • Great home design is more important than ever
  • Great home design is more important than ever
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2017 Expert Outlook on Home

How are people furnishing their homes? What do they want in a real estate agent? And is the future of utilities green? As part of our Expert Outlook 2017 series, we speak to three home experts about space-saving furniture, emotional investment, and why people will finally switch energy suppliers.

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In the Home chapter of our Expert Outlook 2017, Canvas8 speaks to Amanda Dameron, editor in chief at Dwell, Albert Hill, founding director of The Modern House, and Hayden Wood, co-founder of Bulb.





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    Next Adventure Home: a dream home built on data

    There are 76 million Boomers in the US, but when it comes to housing, much of the chatter is centred on Gen Yers. They may be looking for affordability, but what do Boomers want from their dream home? Marketing company Hanley Wood and developer Taylor Morrison claim to have figured it out.

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    What’s the appeal of a shoppable apartment?

    As e-commerce and brick-and-mortar begin to settle into a comfortable co-existence, a new retail format is beginning to emerge, blending the best of both worlds in experiential spaces that are neither store nor home. But why are digital-first labels deciding to go offline at all?

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    RH: a home furnishings store you’ll want to live in

    Headlines about the death of physical stores have proliferated in recent years. But while online shopping has come to dominate, RH is renewing its focus on brick-and-mortar, building shops that are part retail space, part art gallery, part design studio. Can its approach revolutionise retail?

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    CUJO: securing your smart home from cyber threats

    In 2014, 110 million US adults were hacked. As we fill our homes with smart lights and thermostats, heightened connectivity is bringing heightened insecurity. A guard dog for the digital age, CUJO is designed to keep the connected home secure from cyber-threats. But are our homes really at risk?

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    Philips Hue wireless dimming kit: smartening up home technology

    By the end of 2015, 20 million US households will have a smart home device. But while brands keep releasing tech, many people remain underwhelmed. Philips now hopes to make smart home lighting simple with its wireless dimming kit, but can it spark interest in the modern, connected home?

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    Hivehaus: building your own micro-home

    Getting a foot on the property ladder can be one of the most daunting tasks facing young adults today. With the price-to-space ratio becoming increasingly distorted, we often find ourselves paying eye-watering prices for a shoebox. Is there a solution? Hivehaus might just offer a way out.

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    PIRCH: try out a bath before you buy it

    Home improvement stores are rarely a joy to walk around. Sprawling shop floors packed with rack upon rack of disconnected fixtures make for a pretty miserable Sunday shopping trip. But in a PIRCH showroom, customers can take a shower or cook up a storm, all while they're still in store.

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    Amazon Echo: talking to your virtual home assistant

    With 60% of Americans using the voice-activated concierge service on their smartphone every day, people are growing accustomed to the idea of interacting with a virtual assistant. Tapping into the trend, Amazon has launched a smart speaker that acts like a home assistant.