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Meet the Nest Protect Smoke Detector

Palo Alto–based product design company Nest Labs—known for its slick Learning thermostat—announced its next venture today: the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector. "This is a product category prime for disruption," says Maxime Veron, director of product marketing at Nest. In homes, most technology has been steadily updated—think appliances, security systems, lighting, heating and cooling—but smoke detectors haven't seen much innovation in the past few decades. We can all identify with the qualms of these archaic devices: fussy batteries, false alarms, and ear-splitting noise (it is supposed to get your attention, after all). This version aims to make smoke detectors easier to use, more effective, and something to covet. "Things don't need to be ugly or dumb" says Veron. "This thinks before it speaks." Have a look at some of Nest Protect's features in the following slideshow.
October 8, 2013
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New Favorites from Rich Brilliant Willing

Back in 2010 we interviewed the three quirky and clever guys behind the young industrial design firm Rich Brilliant Willing. We learned a lot about them as designers and highlighted some favorites of their work at the time. Today, we're checking back in and seeing what's new as well as some variations available on past pieces.
October 7, 2013
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Q&A with Landscape Architect Thomas Woltz

Nelson Byrd Woltz carves out a vertical garden for a New York City residence and, in the process, creates a nest for its human and avian inhabitants.
October 7, 2013
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Highlights from London Design Festival 2013

The 11th edition of London Design Festival introduced over 300 events and exhibitions staged across the city. From interactive installations to retail events to product launches, the nine day festival has something for everyone. We've already toured the show to bring you a selection of events that are not-to-be-missed.
October 7, 2013
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A Prefab Cabin in Norway

A small prefab cabin in Norway is offering an alternative view on the concept of luxury.
October 7, 2013
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Key Trends from 2013 London Design Festival

The annual London Design Festival attracts both emerging and established creatives, who gather each fall to present their latest creations. Here, we pull together the key shapes, themes and materials seen across Britain's capital city.
October 7, 2013
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Multicolor Side Tables by Dinosaur Designs

Fresh this September from the Sydney-based Dinosaur Designs studio famous for its sensuous resin jewels, are the first furniture pieces, a set of two lines of charismatic side tables.
October 6, 2013
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Designer Louise Campbell Featured at Imm Cologne

This year’s Das Haus – imm Cologne’s dreamy event featuring one international designer’s visionary house installation – will be brought to life by Danish Design Goddess Louise Campbell, whose intelligent and appealingly feminine creations have lead a movement of the formal structuralism of Danish design into the 21st century.
October 5, 2013
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5 Exterior Home Renovations

From an aging Italian sandstone farmhouse to a 1955 four-bedroom home, take a look at these five extraordinary renovations.
October 5, 2013