We have superseded them,” says the interior designer. “Theirs was a very basic 1960’s interpretation of the future. Today, technology is so much more advanced than we could have predicted.”

We may not have Rosie the Robot on-call, but thanks to advanced technology, we live more efficiently than our grandparents. “We live in a 1930’s California bungalow,” says Palmer, “an old house but a smart-home, retro-fitted with extremely cool, high-tech innovations. With increased usability and an understanding of how we live day-to-day, each piece of technology makes life simpler.”

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Darren Palmer says good design and aesthetics is key.

It was only whilst renovating, that Palmer realised just how advanced technology had become in a short time. “Suddenly wiring was obsolete,” he laughs. “Thanks to Wi-Fi, our appliances and devices talk to each other, and I control it all – the audio, AV and security – from my phone. How cool is that?”

Palmer says that of all the technology available, it is the consumer-considerate ones that impress him most. “I have a range of LG SIGNATURE appliances that elevate even the most basic daily routines into the future,” he says. “All of the products in the range are created utilising the most advanced technology, good aesthetics, and a layer of new innovation.”

As appliances become more advanced, domestic chores are not only more proficient but eco-friendly. “Our LG SIGNATURE Refrigerator can show me how much milk we have without opening the door,” says Palmer. “Not only are we conserving energy, but our food and wine stays at a constant temperature, so it stays fresh and lasts longer. The washing machine tells us it needs more detergent, and how much energy it is consuming via feedback to my mobile device. Because it gives you the rate of energy consumption, we can assess usage and plan for it.”

For the minimalist craving clean lines and clear surfaces, smart technology delivers with style. “Each appliance is actually very beautiful,” says Palmer. “Once we were designing and building storage for everyday equipment like the Foxtel box, Netflix and DVD player,” says Palmer. “Today, my LG SIGNATURE Wallpaper TV, as wide as a $2 coin, has it all inbuilt. My kitchen is the same. I designed around my refrigerator, which is very large, streamlined and titanium. It makes a very strong statement and is not only the entertainment hub, but visually, the focal point.”

For those suffering allergies and asthmas, smart technology even clears the air. “Air quality has a direct impact on health and wellbeing,” he says. “I have an allergy to dust, and using the LG SIGNATURE Air Purifier has transformed my life. I have it in an open plan space where it works brilliantly recycling the air. It is the purest it can be, free of pathogens and allergens. You can actually smell the difference. It eliminates dust and rids the air of cooking odours. It’s great too if you have pets inside, a newly painted house, or a new baby in the house. It’s truly life-changing.”

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Some new smart home innovations, like the LG Signature Air Purifier, are having a positive impact on health.

The best technology, he says, is designed with efficient consumer use in mind. “Good design and aesthetics is key here, because it makes the product really easy to use,” he says. “All of my appliances are very interactive and intuitive. The clean lines, large graphics, and simple buttons mean anyone, from my 8 year old son to an elderly person, can use them with huge confidence.”

At next year’s CES, the annual global consumer electronics and consumer technology trade show in Las Vegas, LG will dive deeper into the world of artificial intelligence – a place where appliances can predict your patterns and preempt your behavior. Palmer says it is hugely exciting and we are moving into interesting territory.

“Sometimes it’s the external point of view on how you consume and how you live, that provides the most valuable insight,” he says. “Your house will soon know you want a glass of wine, or to watch a certain TV show. I am hugely interested in how that sort of preemptive technology will start making our lives easier. It’s pretty exciting stuff.”