Published on January 7th, 2021 | by The GC Team0
Scavolini introduces first “smart” furniture with built-in Alexa
Scavolini, the Italian creator of kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room furniture founded in 1961, is embracing the connected home with its new smart furniture collection for kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms. The collection features the first furniture designed with built-in Amazon Alexa, allowing consumers, says Scavolini, to “talk” to their homes.
In creating its future-ready range, explains Scavolini, the company has also “made a nod to the past. Dandy was Scavolini’s best-selling kitchen in the 1980s, and it has now evolved into Dandy Plus – a furniture range for the 21st century.”
To develop the new collection, Scavolini partnered for the first time with leading architect Fabio Novembre. “Dandy Plus was conceived to appeal to a younger generation of people, who now simply expect a level of connectivity in their homes. This is where the idea to bring the voice of Alexa into the furniture originated,” says the company. Fabio Novembre elaborated: “These young homeowners will decide how to interpret their connected kitchen, whether to prepare food there, or to listen to music while awaiting its delivery. Their society is a virtual community that uses Alexa to provide the right piece of advice at just the right time.”
Alexa is built into the Task Bar, which is secured to the wall as part of the kitchen, living room or bathroom furniture setup. The aluminium profile houses the smart speaker through which users can control appliances, their music, lights – or any other compatible devices. Plus, there are plug sockets and USB ports, along with shelves, accessories and containers for convenient charging. The worktops also have built-in wireless charging points.
Dandy Plus “has a fresh modern feel” aesthetically, with the distinctive “bridge” design that wraps round all the units. Curved corners and bright colours all define the collection. Five colours are available for the customisable elements such as handles and buttons – Coral Red, Mustard Yellow, Agave Blue, Prestige White and Slate Black.
Fabiana Scavolini, CEO of Scavolini, said: “Our Made in Italy tradition, teamed with unwavering technological research, have led to this extraordinary project, which looks to the near future, while reinventing our past. On the one hand, the shapes of Dandy Plus bring to mind our best-selling model from the 1980s, Dandy, and on the other it is a clear tribute to Italian design and a solution to the current needs of consumers who are increasingly connected. In the partnership with Novembre Studio, we started by thinking about the increasingly pervasive role of technology in our everyday activities and in our homes, and ended up creating a smart and comprehensive project. By incorporating Alexa, we gave Dandy Plus a voice: a smart, innovative and comprehensive project, designed for everyone who wants an all-over digital experience at home too.”