Italian design brand Lualdi has launched a doorway system called Ether, which combines aesthetics with advanced technology to create a multifunctional smart device for the home or office. Created by designer and architect Marco Piva, Ether comprises a door, door jamb and a ‘vertical block’, which includes an interface created with automation technology company Microdevice.
Ether’s interface is customisable and can include a number of features, including security systems, lighting controls, doorbells, nightlights and air sanitation systems.
“Ether was created to respond to the specific management needs of the wellness, residential, and office sectors while meeting the aesthetic taste of the most demanding and avant-garde architects,” said Microdevice. According to Lualdi, the interface can be connected to any control system, allowing remote use and monitoring from a smartphone.
As part of its launch, Lualdi collaborated with French manufacturing company Saint-Gobain, providing examples of Ether installed within “high-performance thermal and acoustic comfort systems”.
The vertical block interface can also allow users access to household power systems, allowing them to better manage and reduce energy consumption.
Last year the Italian brand teamed up with French creator Philippe Starck to create Welcome, a ‘door collection’ that turns a hotel-room door into a smart device.
Lualdi’s system includes a series of connected objects: a handle, a light, a room number panel, and a smart screen with integrated facial recognition.
It offers a range of guest services that include checking in, adjusting conditions in the room, and contacting hotel staff. Starck said it is the future of hospitality.
“The doors of the future will become so intelligent that they will communicate with each other,” he said. “They will be set up to manage the home through artificial intelligence. The doors will certainly be smarter than us.”