I can’t tell you how many kitchens I’ve designed in my 18 years of residential design experience. Hundreds, I’d guess. I can say that almost all of my homeowner clients wanted gas cooktops or ranges – the more BTUs, the better. Very few were receptive to considering induction as a healthier, safer, more energy efficient and easier-to-live-with alternative. Too few in my opinion.
I’ve loved induction technology since I first tried it in 2008 at a Monogram designer training program. (My first-ever Gold Notes blog post from July 2008 was induction-related.) I didn’t even know the science back then about the dangerous chemicals gas appliances leach into people’s kitchens! I do now! And I wrote about it in my latest Forbes.com article. You can read it here.
The next update on this kitchen will likely feature an
induction cooktop instead of gas.
[JG KITCHENS // TS DESIGN]
I was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on how to choose an ergonomic desk chair.
I get a ton of cool products sent to my inbox; it’s what happens when you’ve been writing about design for years, I suppose. I thought I’d share a few I find especially interesting with Gold Notes readers with the caveat that I haven’t vetted all of them. This one I have!
I did a bit of research on personal air purifiers and found this one to have extraordinarily powerful filtration, superior to all of the portable models I checked out. It’s ozone-free, as well, which is important. (Not all of them are, and you don’t want one of those!)
The Atem Desk Air Purifier Is Made for Personal Office Use
IQAir‘s Atem Desk is a personal air purifier with exceptional capture capability and nicely quiet operation. It’s marketed for home office use, which is where I have mine at the moment, but you can pretty much use it in any room, I’d imagine. It’s even quiet enough to sleep near. There is a power pack and car charger for use on the road, but it’s a bit large to pack in carry-on luggage for a short trip.
IQAir is a Swiss-based air technology company with global sales.
Air purification has become an even more critical feature for our homes, especially with dangerous viruses, pollution and wildfire smoke and ash in our environments. Not everyone is in a position to upgrade their home’s heating and ventilation system; some folks rent, rather than own, too. A portable air purifier can help keep their spaces safer and healthier.
IQAir — Search “Atem Desk”
(I don’t include specific page links on Gold Notes as these posts often outlive the availability of the products and I detest 404s!)
Coming Soon to Clubhouse!
How can you stay cool, comfortable and safe this summer as the temps climb? It’s already triple digits in some parts of the country. I’ll be talking with an architect, sports doc and home improvement expert on how to keep your place and yourself cool.
That will be the focus of my next WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS convo on July 6, at 4 pm EST, 1 pm PST and all the related time zones. I hope you’ll join us!
- 7/6 Beat the Heat
- 7/20 Wellness Benefits of Co-Living
- 8/3 Creating Healthy Back to School Home Spaces
- 8/17 Creating Healthy Work from Home Spaces
- 9/7 New Smart Home Technology and Wellness Design
- 9/21 Creating Healthy Garage Spaces
- 10/19 Designing for Hearing and Vision Loss
Past Clubhouse Recordings
Here are links to Clubhouse recordings from past sessions.
- 6/15 Designing with Plants — Recording Link
- 6/1 Wellness Design and Pets — Recording Link
- 5/18 Wellness Design and Art — Recording Link
- 5/4 Spa Bathrooms — Recording Link
- 4/20 Wellness Design and Appliances — Recording Link
- 3/16 Healthy Bedroom Spaces — Recording Link
- 3/2 Wellness Design and Tile Trends — Recording Link
- 2/16 Wellness Design and Autism — Recording Link
- 2/2 New Technology Ideas — Recording Link
- 1/19 Healthy Pantry Spaces — Recording Link
- 1/5 Top 2022 Wellness Design Trends — Recording Link
- 6/2 Smart Homes / Healthy Homes — Recording Link
- 6/16 Home Fitness Spaces — Recording Link
- 7/7 DIY-Friendly Outdoor Wellness Design — Recording Link
- 7/21 Healthy Kid Spaces — Recording Link
- 8/4 Healthy Work from Home Spaces — Recording Link
- 8/18 Smart Home CEDIA Expo Preview — Recording Link
- 9/1 Great Grill Centers (in time for Labor Day) — Recording Link
- 9/15 Laundry and Flex Rooms — Recording Link
- 10/6 Small Appliances for Healthy Living — Recording Link
- 10/20 Healthy Beverage Centers — Recording Link
- 11/3 Healthy Holiday Entertaining at Home — Recording Link
- 11/17 Self Care Spaces — Recording Link
- 12/1 Healthy Home Holiday Gift Ideas (And Pro Shopping Tips) — Recording Link
- 12/15 Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions with Wellness Design — Recording Link
Gold Dust will return soon!