When restauranteur Sean Meenan teamed up with liquor producer and nightlife impresario Rande Gerber to bring his classic Nolita eatery Cafe Habana from the East Coast to the West, the duo decided to create a relaxed, beach-like atmosphere to complement the new restaurant’s Malibu location. Cafe Habana Malibu’s interior design nods to the dark, wood-paneled gentlemen’s clubs of the past, classic Cuban architecture, and California flora and fauna. To take advantage of the seaside city’s comfortable weather and ocean breezes, the cafe features a sunny patio sheltered by a wooden pergola, complete with a bold mural by graphic designer and street artist Shepard Fairey.
Once the sun sets, however, those ocean breezes can get a bit chilly. With Meenan’s focus on eco-friendly practices, it made sense for the design team to choose energy-efficient Infratech heaters to keep the patio cozy. Our wall-mounted black W-series heaters provide evenly-distributed heat that doesn’t “blow away” or produce a harsh glare. With their subtle design, they also blend seamlessly into the distinctive, classic design of this gorgeous outdoor dining space.
Images via Cafe Habana Malibu.
For nearly thirty years, Southern California-based Urban Landscape has specialized in high end residential landscape design and construction, with expertise in outdoor kitchens, outdoor living areas, custom pools, custom water features and living walls. Many employees have been with the firm for over twenty years, guaranteeing that this tightly-knit team maintains a high level of expertise and experience in crafting beautiful and livable outdoor spaces.
The best smart home innovations promise not only to make users’ lives easier, but to make their homes greener. At Infratech, our commitment to energy efficiency and eco-friendly heating led us to promote smart home integration early on. While this technology continues to evolve, a wide variety of companies are working to create homes that are better connected, where communication between devices occurs wirelessly, all controlled by the homeowner’s smart phone or tablet.
This week, a host of new innovations in smart home technology were unveiled when International CES, one of the world’s biggest consumer electronics shows, took over the Las Vegas Convention Center. Dozens of exhibitors at the forefront of the emerging smart home tech industry introduced new home automation products that give a fascinating glimpse into the very near future. Here’s a look at some of the most exciting smart products at CES.
Last month Infratech welcomed a new Director of Sales, David Arnold, to our headquarters in Southern California. Over the past year we have worked side-by-side with David on a consulting basis to implement customer surveys, create instructional materials, formulate strategies for training our customer segments and to refine our company values and train our staff accordingly.
Remodeling a room or building a new space takes a lot of time, energy, and thought. Technology will never replace the creative process of design, but fortunately it can make it a whole lot easier. We’ve rounded up three of our favorite iPhone apps for architects and designers, whether you’ve misplaced your surface level or are trying to communicate a color scheme to clients.