Healthy Homes of the Future
Cutting-age living space amenities can make you look better, sleep more soundly and wake up sharper.
Tricked out hotel rooms and offices with over-the-top wellness-boosting amenities have been around for years. You'll find healthy design features at LYFE Kitchen, a health food chain in Chicago, NYC and California; MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas and L.A.’s mixed-use development, The Bloc. And now, developers are bringing residences into the mix by building homes with luxe add-ins such as foot-massaging floors, germ-killing countertops and lights synched with your circadian rhythms. Leonardo DiCaprio is on board with the trend; the actor recently bought a well-conscious apartment in Manhattan.
“People have always been concerned about hygiene and bacteria,” says Brian Jevremov, founder of DOM Interiors, a sustainable design firm based in New York. “And now, people are asking more questions. It’s amazing.”
From a mirror that wakes you up to a stove that preserves more nutrients and advanced air filters to anti-aging showerheads, you can literally live in the future. Here’s what you need to have the healthiest home on the block:
In the morning, it uses blue light (similar to the kind that your tablet emits) to lower sleep-inducing melatonin levels, which in turn boost attention, reaction times and mood.
Each step on these heated marble floors acts as a mini-massage. Raised tiles can to be arranged in patterns to mimic foot reflexology maps.
Vitamin C-Infused Shower
When applied topically, the antioxidant fends off damaging (and aging) free-radicals and makes skin brighter. So why not bathe in it?
Advanced Air Filters
Indoor air can be more polluted than the air outside—and aggravates existing allergies and asthma. But particle-and-carbon-removal air filters in central air systems block allergens, toxins, pathogens, and pollen, while UV sanitizers kill any remaining harmful particles floating in the air.
Instead of using electric heat, this oven enables a cloud of intensely hot steam to envelop food, which cooks it faster than a conventional oven. The abbreviated cooking time is said to be less damaging to the food’s fiber, vitamin content and color.
Bespoke Circadian-Rhythm Lighting
Want to drift off and wake up effortlessly? This lighting can be tailored to your schedule, with a gradual, dawn-like brightening in the morning and darkening-to-blackout conditions at bedtime.
Quartzite countertops are coated with a thin film of titanium oxide that kills harmful chemicals, odors and bacteria. The same germ-zapping treatment can also be applied to other objects, such as light switches, door handles and faucets.