The world is created by lazy people! I don’t know if everyone is the same like this: just wanting to lounge on the sofa and not do anything after getting home from work. So to what extent can smart homes make you lazy? It lets you go home and be a "hands-off shopkeeper" and "be paralyzed" with peace of mind!

Today, we invite Kevin Huan, the founder of SILU, who is an expert in home building materials, to take everyone to experience how smart home frees our hands?


Q : When did smart homes become popular?

Kevin Huan: The rise of smart homes to such great popularity is by no means an overnight event. The world's first smart building appeared in the United States in 1984, and later, more economically developed countries have also proposed various smart home solutions.

An early adopted of smart homes is Bill Gates. Bill stated his 1995 "The Road Ahead" book: "A decade from now, access to the millions of images and all the other entertainment opportunities I’ve described will be available in many homes and will certainly be more impressive than those I’ll have when I move into my house in late 1996. My house will just be getting some of the services a little sooner." To prove it to the world, he spent $100 million in 7 years to complete the mansion "House of the Future".

All equipment and sensors in the room were tailor-made. At that time, it was a luxurious high-tech that ordinary people couldn't replicate at all! The indoor touch panel could automatically adjust the light, background music, and indoor temperature of the entire room.

Even the temperature of the floor and the driveway are automatically controlled by the computer. Furthermore, all the home appliances in the house are connected via wireless network, and are equipped with advanced voice control and fingerprint technology: no key is needed to enter the door, no paper and pen for messages, the ears are on the wall and stand by at all times.


Q : Everyone has been in contact with smart homes in China for about 10 years. What kind of benefits has it brought to us?

Kevin Huan: Imagine that when you come home from work for a day, the lights will be turned on, and the intelligent temperature control and fresh air system will be activated before going to bed to ensure a comfortable sleeping environment. When you wake up, you can find that the water dispenser in the kitchen turns on the intelligent temperature control mode to keep the water warm automatically. Take a cup of warm water…

Smart homes can bring home a sense of forward osmosis technology to improve one's life. Gates' house from the future to today's typical smart home is more than 20 years apart. In the smart home industry, it's been taken over by leaps and bounds. Ordinary people achieve Gates' amazing house tech at the cost of small fraction.

Japan is one of the countries that prefer smart home designs. In addition to achieving indoor appliances automation network, they have also achieved the above-mention external identification equipment. For example, if you are walking from within 10 meters in front of the system, the smart system will recognize that you are the owner of this home and let the door open automatically.

Australian houses are 100% automated, free from hand designs.

For example, the combination of door lock and hydraulic system can automatically be activated and open the door through fingerprint recognition.

Most smart houses in Australia have monitoring and sensing functions, which can record the condition of the entire house, even if a bug flies inside.


Q : What do you think of the development of smart homes in China?

Kevin Huan: Actually, the potential of smart homes in the China market is great. Although we started late, our smart home industry is growing rapidly, and Chinese consumers are accepting of and willing to choose smart home products.

With the advent of 5G era, people's living standards improve, "lazy economy" prevailed. As with the increasing dependency on smart phones, people's living hugely rely on smart home designs.

It can be said that smart homes is the direction we're all trending towards. With the development of technology and the growth of people's life needs, smart homes will create a true interconnected ecology and give its users a more fulfilled living situation.

Real estate agencies also work hard on promoting the usage of smart home designs. At present, many newly built houses have begun to be equipped with smart homes, which also means that there is still a huge potential for development in the smart home market in China.

Although we are still very far away from Gates’ smart home standards, with all the effort put into it, our ideals for smart homes looks achievable.

Kevin Huan
Founder of SILU

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"BAR·A·MUNDI is an elegant café-bistrot with a counter concept.

A café-bistrot falls between a small café and a french comfort food restaurant.

The casual and relaxed atmosphere is accented with tones of natural green and
soft materials to soothe both soul and mind."

— Nouveau Bar Culture

"Nouveau Bar Culture"

BAR·A·MUNDI Means “Bar of The World" In Latin

Nouveau Bar Culture

The menu and products

chosen by

French Michelin starred chef,


The menu and products are selectively and wholeheartedly chosen by

French Michelin starred chef, Jerome.

BAR·A·MUNDI caters to homemade, fresh, and healthy recipes.

One can compose their own set by

choosing from the buffet counter

courses or order from their a la

carte menu.

It is the solution for offices from

morning till after work.

Customers can also spend

afternoon meetings or free time

enjoying a 2-hour unlimited menu

or join for the after-work selection

from 5pm. They can also indulge

with the full set, tea, coffee, and a

cheeky glass of bubbly.

The Bar Counter

The counter selection is also ready to take away for all who prefer to

organize a team-building or a conference

in the comforts of their own space.

Lunch and dinner are served in the BAR·A·MUNDI.

Our menu card offers a great variety of regional and international specialties.

After dinner, you can enjoy a nightcap in our bar.


Modern Construction Materials

Shanghai’s most anticipated architectural marvel –launched last year after breaking ground in 2008 – tops out at 632 meters, making it the city’s tallest tower and second in the world, at least for now.

It’s also been garlanded for its green initiatives. Its asymmetrical, the spiraling profile helps it withstand typhoon winds.

“This is the runway model of today’s skyscraper,” commented one juror about Gensler’s Shanghai Tower.

The tallest building in China, the Shanghai tower features a double-curtain wall made from 20,000 individual panels made with combinations of 7,000 unique shapes.

The juror continued, “As a model, the secondary curtain wall looks like a

delicate dress.” The building’s shape helps it to withstand Shanghai’s high

winds and that exterior “dress” insulates the building as a primary

sustainability feature. “It’s a tour-de-force,” said one juror.

How the world's second tallest skyscraper is made?

Steel Both the main vertical lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel.

Engineers used 60,000m³ of concrete for the building.

The concrete pour took place over 63 hours using 450 mixer trucks and pumping stations around the city.

“They designed these buildings to last forever – nowadays that’s not a priority.

We’re designing practical buildings to be lived in,” says a structural engineer.

The Structure Of Shanghai Tower

Its asymmetrical, spiraling profile helps it withstand typhoon winds.

The Shanghai tower features a double-curtain wall made from 20,000 individual panels made with combinations of 7,000 unique shapes. 

“The dominant factor with tall buildings is the wind,” says Bill Baker, the structural engineer.

As wind rushes past a streamlined object, such as a tree or a lamppost, it whirls into a single organized gust, which circles round to the left, then back to the right, then left again, pushing from alternating directions as it travels and causing the object to sway.

In high winds, the Burj can sway up to five feet in either direction.

So will the world's tallest

skyscraper outlast the


Bill Baker thinks there’s a good chance they might.

“The structural materials are good for pretty much ever. Yes if they maintain them and no if they don’t,” he says.

Agrawal agrees. “It depends. If they are looked after I don’t see why not,” she says. 

Searching for an effective way to cover the outside walls of your building? Facade cladding is the perfect solution!

How Facade Cladding Works? It is a fixed, non-load bearing panel that supports a building structure. It supports its own weight and is used for its aesthetic properties to conceal any finishing imperfections

Some contains thermal and acoustic insulation properties when combined with an installed insulation. It can be installed upon steel, timber, or cement support structures.

Types of Facade Cladding: Types range from Rainscreen, Vinyl cladding, Timber cladding, Stone cladding, Aluminium panels, Steel panels, to Cement based panels.

Cladding Maintenance: Some will require regular refinishing while others simply need a scheduled hosing down.

Cladding Design: For traditional settings, timber, stone, and vinyl cladding looks best. For a timeless look, stone is recommended. For a modern setup, metal or cement panels are ideal. Metal cladding is also a good fit for curved surfaces.

Ceramic Facade Cladding: Architectural cladding systems assist in the installation of ceramic materials and enhance the walls' thermo-hygrometric qualities. Ceramic tiles come in various sizes, colors, and textures and are suitable for both exposed and concealed mechanical anchoring. With larger tiles, designers can create large vertical, sloping, or curved surfaces.

Ventilated Facades: Ventilated facades are dry-mounted cladding systems bound to the building by means of mechanical suspension and anchoring tools. This requires an appropriately-sized cavity to insert a thermal insulation panel in contact with the building wall and a chamber for upward air circulation. It protects the building and its wall structure against weather agents and pollutants. It also ensures thermal and sound insulation with energy saving capabilities. It removes thermal bridges and improves visual interface.

When choosing your facade cladding, economical options should be considered. For example, a stone or timber cladding looks great, but if you are on a tight budget, vinyl cladding can be an alternative at a cheaper cost.

“Born in France. Designed in Milan. Produced in Nepal ”,

proudly proclaims the cc-carpet website. If the publisher is today considered a

flagship of Italian design, it was indeed born in France. After meeting at the

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Nelcya Chamszadeh and Fabrizio Cantoni

moved to Strasbourg, where Nelcya is from, and where her father owns a

Persian carpet shop.

Nelcya and Fabrizio Cantoni, co-founders of cc-Tapis.
Nelcya and Fabrizio Cantoni, co-founders of cc-Tapis.DR

In 2001, they founded a multi-brand concept-store in which they offer,

among other things, carpets. They fell in love with this typology then

neglected by designers and decided in 2011 to remedy this deficiency. To do

this, they decide to settle in Milan.

"We were completely


At 40, Fabrizio resumed his studies at the Scuola Politecnica di

design, where he met the young Daniele Lora, also enthusiastic about the

idea of ​​infusing the carpet with an avant-garde spirit. He decides to join the

adventure as artistic director and, in the process, cc-Tapis opens its

showroom in the Brera district. 

“We were completely oblivious! We had done no marketing study, no survey, nothing! Just the three of us sitting down saying, “Let's make some nice rugs

and see what happens!” 

Although the beginnings were difficult, cc-Tapis gradually made its way

into showrooms, public places and private homes in Milan. For production,

Fabrizio and Daniele went to India and then to Nepal where they found

workshops whose methods they adjusted, particularly in terms of color

palette, so that they became their official manufacturer. 

“The fact of not having subcontractors gives us great freedom to experiment. It is also possible to make mistakes, but it is important in the

creative process ” , defends Fabrizio.

"We don't have a defined style"

The desire of cc-Tapis to focus solely on the creativity of designers and to

consider each model as a concept in its own right, not a simple design, has

borne fruit. "We have no defined style, only a common approach" , recalls

Daniele Lora on this subject.

Patricia Urquiola's Rotazioni rug shot in a Milan hotel for cc-rug's 10th anniversary.
Patricia Urquiola's Rotazioni rug shot in a Milan hotel for cc-rug's 10th anniversary. piotr-niepsuj

The “Doodles” carpet-paintings, by Faye Toogood, in the brand's showroom in Milan.  Six models with an abstract language that play with the boundaries between art and design.
The “Doodles” carpet-paintings, by Faye Toogood, in the brand's showroom in Milan. Six models with an abstract language that play with the boundaries between art and design.omar sartor

In ten years, the brand has seduced leading designers (from Patricia

Urquiola to Jean-Marie Massaud and from Faye Toogood to Studiopepe)

whose designs have been materialized in the Himalayas in an eco-friendly

approach since its origins.

A new ecological boost for cc-carpet

This anniversary is also an opportunity to reaffirm the ecological

convictions of cc-Tapis, cultivated since the beginning with this small

production, on a human and artisanal scale. The brand now uses a material

made in India with recycled textiles for all its packaging and storage

covers. And it will soon be able to display its carbon footprint on each

product. As for the catalogs, they are now 100% digital and the site allows

you to visit the Milan showroom near the Duomo in 3D.

The advertising campaign shot for the occasion by photographer Piotr Niepsuj 

features rugs picked from 105 collections of hand-knotted rugs and 25 of

hand-woven rugs in Milan hotels. A way of recalling the palaces where the

cc-carpet adventure began ...

Fabrizio Cantoni, Nelcya Chamszadeh and Daniele Lora, the three thinking heads of cc-carpet.
Fabrizio Cantoni, Nelcya Chamszadeh and Daniele Lora, the three thinking heads of cc-carpet.piotr-niepsuj
Bliss Big rug by Mae Engelgeer (cc-rug).
Bliss Big rug by Mae Engelgeer (cc-rug).piotr-niepsuj
Doodle rug by Faye Toogood.
Doodle rug by Faye Toogood.OMAR SARTO