The name Nobu is synonymous with innovative cuisine, luxury living, and a sophisticated clientele with a pulse on what’s hip and happening. Now a worldwide phenomenon, legendary Japanese chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa launched his first Southern California dining establishment, Beverly Hills’ Matsuhisa in 1987. Today, a number of Nobu branded destinations call the area home, including Nobu Malibu, Nobu Newport Beach, and the Nobu Ryokan hotel. 

Todd Stabelfeldt is a quadriplegic entrepreneur, digital tech guru, and community advocate. When he and his wife Karen couldn’t find a home in their price point that they could easily retrofit for increased accessibility and aging in place, they decided to design and build on their own. To meet their current and future needs, the pair implemented a wide range of smart home tech that Todd can operate using just his voice, making independence and accessibility at home a reality.

 

After they added a covered outdoor living space to the property, Todd and Karen discovered Infratech and our Universal Control Panel, a voice-activated system that allows users to control their outdoor heating through devices like Siri. We spoke with Karen about the devices and apps that they’ve found best meet their needs, why they’re now Infratech fans, and how smart home tech is opening doors for families where accessibility matters.

 

 

He’s the king of the grill, the man who’s never without ideas for fun in your own backyard. He loves nature, family time, and a good meal enjoyed under the stars. He’s the father who instilled in us a love of the great outdoors and the simple pleasures of outdoor living. With Father’s Day just around the corner, we’ve compiled a short list of gifts that will make dad smile.

Situated above the Sunset Strip, this one-of-a-kind $38 million home has major rock star cred. In addition to its coveted location above one of the most storied music scenes in Los Angeles, the Stanley House had bona fide rock royalty heading up the design team. Lenny Kravitz himself created the mid-century mod luxury home’s stunning interior design.

Featured in Atomic Ranch, Dwell, Arch Daily and The Contemporist, Strand Design’s David Strand and his design partner David McKay have received a fair share of press for their distinctive synthesis of modern minimalist style and classic Midwestern agrarian structure. The Minneapolis, MN-based firm is also well regarded for their focus on environmental sustainability.

Both partners come from a construction background and began their career as architects, thus their work for Strand Design gives equal heft to solid design/build construction and architectural appeal. We spoke to them about about how they achieve their instantly recognizable design aesthetic, how sustainability plays into their designs, and why they choose Infratech heaters to keep homeowners cozy in cool Northern climates.