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New technology for your home

Our monthly pick of the latest state-of-the-art tech for your home, from air purifiers to artful televisions

bang  olufsen ‘beogram 4000c’ refurbished turntable
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1 Pure quality
larq pitcher with water filtering
Alan Lillich

The new Larq ‘Pitcher’ uses carbon-derived, plant-based filters to cleanse tap water for a smooth, clean taste. Its patented Pure-Vis UV-C LED technology ­– first seen in the kickstarter-funded brand’s water bottles – even removes mould and bacteria from the filter. £135, pre-order available now, livelarq.com

2 Become a Pod person
apple ‘homepod’
Apple

The latest Siri-empowered speaker has punchy 360-degree sound but is just 8.5cm tall. Hold your iPhone near the top to switch from listening on the speaker to on your phone (or vice versa). £99, apple.com/uk

3 Spin doctors
bang  olufsen ‘beogram 4000c’ refurbished turntable
Bang & Olufsen

To celebrate 95 years of Bang & Olufsen, the Danish audio brand is revisiting its iconic back catalogue. This is not an exercise in nostalgia, though. Instead, its ‘Classics’ initiative is about the sustainability of good design, taking much-loved technology and giving it a state-of-the-art update. First up is the ‘Beogram 4000c’ turntable. Ninety five pre-owned original models – one donated by hand from an elderly collector – have been carefully restored in the Struer factory, where they were first made almost 50 years ago. The aluminium has been anodised to produce a warmer tone and a pre-amplifier has been added, so this enduring party starter can be connected to modern speakers. £9,000, bang-olufsen.com

4 Nesting instinct
google ‘nest audio’ speaker
Google

This upgrade on the original ‘Home’ is all about the audio. The speaker is 75 per cent louder with 50 per cent more bass. Don’t want the assistant listening in on your life? A switch now turns the microphones off for instant privacy. £89.99, store.google.com

5 Pack a message
rimowa x moncler ‘reflection’ suitcase
Rinowa X Moncler

The world is still out there, ready to be explored. Prepare for future trips with the Rimowa x Moncler ‘Reflection’ suitcase. Featuring a mirrored aluminium surface and ticker-tape-style LED display that can broadcast a message of your choosing – change it to suit your mood – this is statement luggage for the next era of travel. £2,780, rimowa.com

6 Alexa upgraded
amazon ‘echo’ speaker 4th gen
Amazon UK

The fourth generation has gone spherical, with the speaker adjusting audio to suit the acoustics of your room. An updated processor also means Alexa is now speedier. £89.99, amazon.co.uk

7 Better shape up
nanoleaf shapes connected lighting
Nanoleaf

Build a wall of statement lighting with Nanoleaf’s new ‘Triangles’, from its ‘Shapes’ collection. Joining the existing ‘Hexagon’ version and available in two sizes, the latest additions allow you to switch between 16 million colour combinations using touch, voice (via Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit) or the app. There’s even a built-in rhythm module to produce light shows that match the beat of your tunes. From £199.99 for five panels, nanoleaf.me

8 Are you listening?
iris flow headphones
Iris

For music fans, this year’s closure of live venues has been tough. Tech brand Iris offers some solace, though. Its patented software, which features in the new wireless ‘Flow’ headphones, promises to restore the audio quality lost during the recording process, for an experience that’s as close to being there as possible. It has the support of Queen drummer Sir Roger Taylor. £379, irislistenwell.com

9 Sophisticated sound
ruark r3 speaker
Ruark

British brand Ruark’s ‘R3’ music system nods to the classic lines of mid-century design and its features are just as timeless in their appeal. There’s class-leading audio quality, as well as a smart radio tuner and CD player (not everyone has ditched their collections, after all). It’s also firmly future facing, with Bluetooth, wi-fi streaming with Spotify Connect and support for Amazon Music, Tidal and Deezer. £629, ruarkaudio.com

10 Naturally pure
briiv organic air purifier
Andrew Johnstone

Pleasingly green, the Briiv air filter uses fully biodegradeable moss, charcoal, coconut husk and sheep’s wool to filter airborne impurities such as VOCs, pollen, bacteria and mould spores. From £349, briiv.co.uk

11 Artful acoustics
acoustic sculpture speaker by transparent sound
Aril Wretblad

Inspired by the shape of the human ear, as well as the curves of sea shells, Swedish brand Transparent Sound’s ‘Acoustic Sculpture’ is functional art. Its structure, crafted from jesmonite, is the brainchild of designer and company co-founder Per Brickstad, who chose a shape that would best amplify its sound. His ethos is to create speakers that are also interior design objects. A limited run, this is one for the collectors. £2,705, transparentspeaker.com

12 Find your beat
powerbeats pro by beats by dre
Joshua Kissi

Designed for fitness but with looks that draw compliments beyond the gym, the wireless ‘Powerbeats Pro’ earphones from Beats by Dre now come in four new colours – ‘Cloud Pink’, ‘Spring Yellow’, ‘Glacier Blue’ and ‘Lava Red’ – inspired by self expression. With nine hours of playback and voice control for iOS devices, they will suit your workout and your style. £219.95, beatsbydre.com

13 Breathe easily
blue pure fan by blueair
Blueair

This portable fan employs a number of filters to remove more than 99 per cent of pollen, dust and pet dander from the air inside your home, while keeping you chilled. £249, Breathing Space, breathingspace.co.uk

14 The radio star
city radio by palomar
Lorenzo Michelini

Travelling the world is difficult at the moment, but the right song can transport you from the streets of Havana to the clubs of Berlin. Navigating the world music scene is easy with Palomar’s ‘CityRadio’ designed by Pizzolorusso, an Italian designer based in Helsinki. It allows you to tune into 18 different destinations: simply add buttons marking the places you want to listen to and connect to their airwaves via the internet using the accompanying app. £79, palomarweb.com

15 Wake up call
barisieur immersion edition coffee maker and alarm clock by joy resolve
Daniel Oakes/Joy Resolve

‘I wanted to create a routine for mornings that was better than being woken by a blaring phone alarm,’ says Joy Resolve founder Josh Renouf. The result is the ‘Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock’ and the new ‘Barisieur Immersion Edition’ for tea lovers. Both ensure you start your morning the right way, with the smell of fresh brewing caffeine. £345, joyresolve.com

16 Domino effect
domino apple watch wireless charger by by anden
Elliott Lacey

Crafted to order in Walthamstow, east London by Anden, the ‘Domino’ Apple Watch stand is the classy choice for charging your arm candy. Named after the domino dowel used in joinery to fix timber together, its wooden arm perfectly fits your charging cable. The metal base is available in a choice of raw brass or anodised aluminium. From £129, madebyanden.co.uk

17 Dramatic arc
sonos arc soundbar for smart homes
Sonos

We all know the benefits of having a TV with the very best picture quality, but sound is just as important. The new ‘Arc’ soundbar by Sonos offers cinema-quality audio in your living room, using Dolby’s ‘Atmos’ technology to create a 3D listening experience. Available in black or white, its slimline design means it can sit discreetly on the wall or in front of your television. Plus, with built-in voice control, it also acts as a smart speaker, streaming music, podcasts and more. £799, sonos.com

18 Bright idea
alis wireless light by potemine
Potemine

We live in a wireless age, so why do lights still need to be plugged in? The ‘Alis’ by Italian start-up Potemine is completely untethered, able to function as a portable lantern as well as a floor, desk or wall lamp, using accessories that double as USB chargers. Touch and voice control (it’s compatible with Alexa, Siri and Google Home), plus a dedicated app, means no unsightly dimmers or switches, just seamless design. Available to pre-order, from around £450, potemine.com

19 Business-class sound
mb01 over ear headphones from montblanc
Montblanc

Since it launched its first smartly engineered fountain pens in 1906, German firm Montblanc has been synonymous with executive style. In recent years, the brand has expanded its focus beyond the written word and now, with the arrival of the ‘MB01’ headphones, it’s proving as serious about sound as it is about penmanship. In grey, brown or black leather, all offer wireless audio, with up to 20 hours of active noise cancelling and Google Assistant voice control built in. £525, montblanc.com

20 In the night garden
new outdoor lighting collection by philips hue
Philips Hue

Brighter evenings mean more time in the garden, but once the sun goes down, you’ll need lighting. Philips Hue’s new additions to its outdoor range include ‘Appear’, which provides an upwards and downwards beam, ‘Resonate’, for a triangular glow, and the ‘Lily XL’ spotlight, for dramatic illumination. Connect to the Philips Hue ‘Bridge’ for smart control via voice or the app, switching between the 16,000 colour options. £129.99 each, meethue.com

21 Skip to the beat
tangram ‘smart rope’ from the conran shop
The Conran Shop

Sales of indoor gym equipment have surged during lockdown, but for those without space for an exercise bike or the desire to spend 30 minutes with a virtual Joe Wicks, there’s Tangram’s ‘Smart Rope’. LEDs in the rope display fitness data as you skip – satisfying and simple. £80, conranshop.co.uk

22 Find balance
bo beosound balance speaker
Bang & Olufsen

Bang & Olufsen is known for hand-picking the finest cutting-edge designers to elevate its speakers to works of art. For the latest design, the ‘Beosound Balance’, that meant turning to Benjamin Hubert and his UK-based Layer studio. Known for his love of functional minimalism, Hubert has created a portable speaker that’s ideal for modern urban homes. Covered in Kvadrat fabric in beige or black and resting upon a sleek wooden base, it disguises itself on shelves, looking just like an elegant objet d’art. Don’t be fooled, though – it makes some serious noise. £1,750, bang-olufsen.com

23 Switch it up
kelly hoppen light switches for focus sb
Focus SB

Light switches are rarely top of Pinterest searches, but that’s all about to change thanks to interior design legend Kelly Hoppen. Along with British manufacturer Focus SB, she has released five switch plates – the ‘Dot’, ‘Fifty Fifty’, ‘Corner’ (pictured), ‘Pinstripe’ and ‘Plank’ – all with an understated grace. From £60, focus-sb.co.uk

24 The future is bright
dyson light
Dyson

Continuing its mission to reengineer everyday life, Dyson has launched a new lighting range. The ‘Lightcycle Morph’, designed by Jake Dyson (Sir James’s son, above) is, he explains, ‘developed to track natural daylight and intelligently transform for different uses – providing the right light, at the right time, precisely where it’s needed’. That means you get an indirect or ambient glow to match or complement what’s happening outside your window, plus a task lamp that’s always bright enough for the job at hand – all controlled via the free ‘Dyson Link’ app. From £499.99 for the desk lamp, dyson.co.uk

25 Trash talk
townew bin
Knecktek Labs

American company Knectek Labs is tidying up one of the messiest chores in the home with its ‘Townew Trash Can’. Press the sensor on the front of the bin and the bag inside is automatically sealed tight, meaning no dirt or odours when you reach in to remove it. As soon as it’s emptied, a new bag slides effortlessly into place from the ‘Refill Ring’ – each one contains 25 fully recyclable bags. Bin, £93; ‘Refill Ring’, £15, townew.eu

26 Live lightly
plumen lampshade tech
Plumen

When it comes to creating sustainable products, UK brand Plumen has had a light-bulb moment. Partnering with east London-based 3D printing firm Batch.works, it has released two lampshades – three more designs are planned for this year – made entirely from recycled plastic. As they are printed to order, waste is kept to an absolute minimum. Both the ‘Neo’ (pictured) by Matthias Lauche and ‘Ribbon’ by Bold show the exciting possibilities of this smart production method. From £149 for the ‘Neo’ with ‘Milky Willow’ LED bulb, plumen.com

27 Hear and now
amazon echo buds
Amazon

Fans of Amazon’s Alexa can now ask her anything, even on the go. The new ‘Echo Buds’ (£119.99) are wireless in-ear headphones with the smart assistant built in. Just press and hold one of the earbuds to ask for her help with answering a burning question, writing a text, calling a friend, playing a song or checking your calendar. A customisable fit means they will stay in even during exercise, with 20 hours of audio on a full charge. amazon.co.uk

28 Turn up the minimalism
OD-11 speaker by Teenage Engineering is a speaker with a minimalist look
Teenage Engineering

In 1974, Swedish sound pioneer Stig Carlsson created the ‘OD-11’, a small speaker with outstanding sound quality. Today, the design, aka the ‘Carlsson Cube’, has been updated by Teenage Engineering for a new breed of audio fans, its simple wireless style speaking volumes. From £699 teenage.engineering

29 Finely-crafted sound
Ruark X Linley Tempo radio
Ruark

What do furniture brand Linley and audio firm Ruark have in common? They’re both British, and they both see the value in fine craftsmanship. Their first collaboration, the limited-edition ‘Ruark X Linley Tempo’ DAB radio is a showcase of these similarities. Each of the four colourways features delicate marquetry inspired by soundwaves. £1,295, ruarkaudio.com

30 Smarter than Edison
Philips Hue Filament bulbs for smart homes
Philips Hue

Philips has taken inspiration from the past with its newest smart lighting range. The ‘Hue Filament’ smart bulbs offer all the benefits of the brand’s existing connected bulbs – controlled via your phone’s Bluetooth or voice via Alexa – while producing a vintage, softer glow. There are three shapes, from the classic ‘Edison’ (£19.99) and rounded ‘Filament’ (£17.99) to the ‘Globe’ (pictured, £24.99), which looks good enough to be left bare meethue.com

31 Artful TV
Bang & Olufsen’s Beovision Harmonytelevision
Bang & Olufsen

Offering more than just a pristine picture, Bang & Olufsen’s ‘Beovision Harmony’ television conceals much of its 77-in OLED display behind its elegant oak and aluminium sound system, but switch it on and the speakers gracefully fan out – like a butterfly opening its wings – as the cinematic screen rises to the perfect viewing height. £20,000 bang-olufsen.com

32 Wonder wall
The Wall television by Samsung
Samsung

As the technology to hide TVs in plain sight advances, the temptation to opt for a supersized screen is increasing – and there’s none bigger than ‘The Wall’ by Samsung. The innovative display can be as large as you choose; its modular LCD panels combining to create a bespoke television. The picture quality will ensure a cinematic experience and, when you switch it off, it can transform into a customisable canvas to display your favourite art or blend chameleon-like with your wall. Price on application samsung.com

33 Purity project
Larq bacteria-killing reusable water bottle
Larq

Single-use plastics are bad, but reusable bottles often develop a smell over time. The ‘Larq’ is different – it uses a bacteria-killing UV-C light, powered by a rechargeable battery, to purify water and itself. Activated every two hours, the sterilising rays ensure your drink is always fresh. Plus, its double insulation ensures cool fluids remain chilled and hot ones toasty for up to 24 hours. £95 livelarq.co.uk

34 Forged by sound
Upcrafted speakers by Transparent Sound
The Conran Shop

‘We aimed to investigate to what extent a speaker can also be a design object,’ says Per Brickstad, head of design at Transparent Sound, the Swedish brand behind the ‘Upcrafted’ speakers. The range, available at The Conran Shop, features three devices made by skilled craftspeople – ‘Steel’ by Swedish blacksmith Jonas Majors, ‘Wood’ by Stockholm’s Dry Studios and ‘Stoneware’ by French ceramicist Hortense Montarnal. From £1,300 conranshop.co.uk

35 What’s the catch?
Courant Catch:2 wireless charging pad for iPhone and Android devices
Courant

Avoid low battery anxiety with Brooklyn-based brand Courant’s ‘Catch:2’ wireless charging pad. The device is so stylish – now available in ‘Dusty Rose’ (above) and ‘Pacific Blue’ – you’ll want one on your desk, your bedside table, in your kitchen… everywhere. Boosting battery life is as easy as placing a smartphone (Qi-enabled) on its Italian leather surface. £160 staycourant.com

36 Suite sound
Formation Suite audio system by Bowers & Wilkins
Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins’ striking ‘Formation Suite’, a luxury audio system for the whole home, promises to banish wires and deliver noticeably pure sound. The individually designed pieces (speakers, soundbar and hub) stream audio with up to 24-bit resolution. Compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect. From £600 bowerswilkins.com

37 Show and tell
Google Nest Hub Max smart display
Google

Google’s ‘Nest Hub Max’ smart display is a voice assistant that answers in visuals as well as audio. The 25cm matt display is big enough for squint-free video calls, can be gesture controlled and it features a camera for home security monitoring. £219 store.google.com

38 Clean air act
Blue 221 air purifier by Blueair
Blueair

This whisper-quiet Swedish home air purifier will help you breathe as nature intended. The 51cm-high ‘Blue 221’ by Blueair comes wrapped in a choice of fabrics and is simple to use – there’s only one button. £355 blueair.com

39 Throw some Shapes
Teufal Audio and Rosenthal speakers
Teufel Audio

Audio brand Teufel has collaborated with ceramics expert Rosenthal to combine state-of-the-art wireless speakers with fine porcelain – it not only looks good, but the material is so dense it actually reduces audio distortion. Blending craftsmanship with cutting-edge touch-sensitive controls, each pair comes with an external amplifier wrapped in a matching white coat. £3,490 teufelaudio.com

40 Stream Queen
Sony ‘XG95’ television
Sony

Slender and artfully crafted, the Sony ‘XG95’ is one of the first of a new breed of ‘Netflix Calibrated’ 4K LED TVs, designed to display the streaming service’s films and TV shows in handsome ‘studio master’ quality. Built-in Google Assistant means you can ditch the remote and use your voice. £2,499 for a 65-inch model, sony.co.uk

41 Set the Scene
Nuimo ‘Click’ Philips Hue lighting
Senic

Control smart home devices – such as Philips Hue lighting – with the tactile Nuimo ‘Click’. Alter your mood at the touch of a button – the wireless switch can soften lights and activate your favourite music playlist. Plus, it never needs charging. Instead, it gathers energy from every press.£159, senic.com

42 Sound Effect
‘Symfonisk’ wi-fi speakers by Ikea
Ikea

Ikea’s teamed up with Sonos to furnish our homes with sound. The dual-functioning ‘Symfonisk’ wi-fi speakers come in two models; a wall-mounted shelf version and a table lamp with a blackor white fabric-wrapped speaker as its base. Each has AirPlay 2 – for streaming directly from Mac devices – and Spotify connectivity built in, plus two of the same speakers can be linked for stereo audio. From £99, available August, ikea.com

43 Breath of Fresh Air
Pure Cool Me fan by Dyson
Dyson

According to Dyson, all manner of harmful particles are flying around inside our homes, making them up to five times more polluted than the air outside. The brand’s solution: a space-age personal purifying fan. Its ‘Pure Cool Me’ traps 99.95 per cent of airborne nasties, such as pet allergens, bacteria and cooking fumes, with an activated carbon and glass HEPA air filter. Touch the dome to angle a jet of clean air towards your face, or set it to rotate on a warm night. £300, dyson.co.uk

44 Mind, Body and Scroll
Samsung smartphone
Samsung

Samsung is bringing a touch of (much-needed) mindfulness to the selfie-obsessed age of the smartphone. The company’s latest handsets come with ‘Calm’, a relaxation app that provides guided meditation, soothing sounds and audio-led exercises, plus softly-spoken sleep stories to help you transition from a hectic day to a restful night. Free, samsung.com

45 Private Screening
BenQ’s 'GV1’ portable projector
Benq

The popularity of streaming apps, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, has given rise to a boom in portable projectors. BenQ’s stylish ‘GV1’ fits in to the palm of your hand and doubles as a portable Bluetooth speaker. Its three-hour battery life will sate your appetite for binge watching, as well as proving useful when following cookery or yoga videos. £329, benq.com

46 Sparkling Design
Carbonator II by Aarke
Aarke

Swedish start-up Aarke’s aim is to make kitchen appliances beautiful. Its debut product, the ‘Carbonator II’ sparkling water maker, is a compact, elegantly refined takeon the SodaStream, available in copper, black, steel or brass. From £169, aarke.com

47 Shine On
‘Mini Day & Dusk’ lightbulb
Apple

LIFX is on a mission to make smart bulbs even smarter. To boost wellbeing, the Wi-Fi-connected ‘Mini Day & Dusk’ cycles through a natural light spectrum. Wake to soft whites, work to bright tones and relax to calming amber hues that dim at a pre-set bedtime. Opt for a single bulb or, for maximum Zen, an entire network. £28 each, Apple, apple.com/uk

48 Sleeping Beauty
Casper Glow Light
Casper

Sleep cycles are dictated by light, yet most lighting isn’t designed to help us sleep. Casper’s ‘Glow Light’ addresses this anomaly, dimming like a sunset to ease your body into sleep mode. It’s intuitive to use, too – flip it over to turn it on or off, androtate it to increase or reduce the amount of illumination. £89 casper.com

49 Charged Design
Pink Jesmonite wireless mobile phone charger with Apple Mac, keyboard, mouse and iPhone
Native Union

The new ‘Terazzo Edition’ of Native Union’s sleek ‘Dock’ wireless charger takes this on-trend material into the tech realm. The ‘Black’ and ‘Rose’ (pictured) jesmonite discs make a stylish home for your phone. It works with all Qi-compatible devices, including the latest iPhones. £130, nativeunion.co.uk

50 Clear your Desk
Samsung monitor mounted flush to wall with monitor stand on desk
Samsung

Samsung’s ‘Space Monitor’ is a stylish way to declutter your home office. The display features an adjustable tilting arm that provides effortless close-up views, or can be pushed flush against the wall. It’s available in either 27-inch QHD or 32-inch 4K resolution, and the cables are hidden in the arm to enhance the minimalist aesthetic. £400, available June, samsung.com

51 Sleep Easy
Google assisted Smart Clock by Lenovo
Lenovo

Stress, caffeine and, soon, a final season of Game of Thrones to binge-watch – there are many reasons why you may not be getting enough sleep. Lenovo’s ‘Smart Clock’ aims to help you by bringing Google Assistant into your boudoir. With a single command – ‘Hey Google, goodnight’ – it can dim your smart lighting and serenade you with music. £79, lenovo.com

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