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Written by Leah LeMoine Category: At Home Issue: August 2015
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Trick out your launch pad with these futuristic elements.

Our vision of what the future will look like is rooted in the past.

“I still think of the 1940s version of futuristic,” says Jon Irons, designer and owner of Irons Design Co. “I think of clean lines, a streamlined look... you recognize [everything] right away, but at the same time it’s not maybe in the form that you would expect it to be in.”

Pop culture representations also factor in, from the sleek, geometrical spacecraft of 2001: A Space Odyssey to the swoopy, swinging ‘60s version of the future in The Jetsons.

“Straight out of a spaceship – think Star Trek – you can almost hear the ‘swoosh’ of doors as you enter the bridge,” says Jason D’Asto, store manager of The Tile Shop in Scottsdale. “I see Phoenix homes at the forefront of the Transitional Period, when design cues from different styles and eras lived in the same spaces as more the rule than the exception.”

The scope and lifestyle of Phoenix is inspiring, says Phoenix architect and designer Daniel Germani, who recently collaborated with international design house Cosentino. “The potential for size or environment is limitless, which is particularly adaptable to this climate and the indoor/outdoor living our city has come to be known for,” Germani says. “The ‘future’ lies in the creation of innovative materials – materials that expand and push the boundaries of design.”

Sustainability is key. “In 50 years, Phoenix will regularly be building the ‘zero landfill home’ – meaning every single product used to construct and build the home will be made from 100 percent recycled materials,” D’Asto says.

After all, Irons says, “It’s really easy to create products and put them into the world, but it’s a lot harder to take responsibility for them after you’ve sold them.” He’s currently working on biodegradable, compostable and even plantable furniture that is embedded with seeds so it can blossom in the backyard after it retires from the living room. It’s just a little consideration for the future, from the present.

Irons Design Co. (pictured above)
544 W. 17th Pl., Tempe
Designer Jon Irons’ idea of “deconstructing a lamp down to its basic components and reconstructing it using as few materials as possible” led to the TRACE lamp ($84.99). It’s shown with a metallic-shaded light bulb, but Irons dreams of using Hue’s cell phone-controlled “smart” bulbs. “That would add a little intelligence to the lamp,” he says.


PHM0815AH04Dekton by Cosentino;
The inspiration for Daniel Germani’s “Chaos” console ($7,200) came while he was idly doodling during a phone call. “The top was designed to create tension and to contrast the kinetic energy of the base,” Germani says. “The essence of the wood slabs I typically use in my designs is mimicked in the grain imprint in Dekton Ananke, creating a whimsical departure from the expected.”


PHM0815AH02Restoration Hardware
15015 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Despite being inspired by kinetic sculptures of the 1930s, the kinetic two-tier chandelier ($1,395) feels elegantly robotic. It is constructed of steel rods and cast iron and hangs from adjustable steel rods.


PHM0815AH03The Tile Shop
14000 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
“You can add a touch of the ‘futuristic’ look by using these as an asymmetrical vertical accent stripe with a cool gray or white ceramic rectangular tile in a tub surround,” manager Jason D’Asto says of the Aura tiles in dark blue (retail is $19.99 per square foot). “Or be daring: Imagine a rounded shower, wall covered floor to ceiling and sparkling in focused accent lighting.”