Sep 21, 2017
When NV Integration started out in 2010 we wanted to be different. Our mantra is “Integrated Home Technology” and we’ve never forgotten it! Too often Integration companies don’t give enough gravitas towards the rest of the home when designing a project, maintaining a stubborn attitude towards positioning and placement of speakers and suchlike, which benefits no one.
We understand that our customers want to have modern technology in their homes, whilst not conflicting the impact of the scheme of the home. It should rather complement or enhance the home experience wherever possible.
Seven years ago this was our message, and it’s still true today. There are lots of subtle ways to implement technology, and some big ways too.
We’ve handpicked a few of our favourite, and are looking at what is current today.
Integrated Home Technology means blending into room design. Trufig understands that you need sockets, switches and a whole range of devices for you to conveniently control your home. With Trufig you can have these necessary devices exist in harmony with room design, rather than stand out like a sore thumb.
A standard touch screen or iPad mounted ‘on-wall’ can stick out as much as 50mm, or you can have it sit flush against the wall. We know which we would prefer.
Sonance, the parent company of Trufig, takes this concept of flush technology further by applying it to their speakers.
For those people who love the built-in ‘architectural’ look Sonance go all the way and produce flush in-ceiling speakers that match the shape and size of ceiling downlights.
Samsung’s The Frame TV is an impressive means of hiding a TV within a piece of artwork in a room. Over time they have become better and better, both in picture and design. Now they are 4K UHD TVs with HDR that provide incredible displays.
The Frame TV also sits flush against the wall with its no gap wall mount acting just like a painting in a room.
Please see below:
Sometimes we don’t want to display a TV at all and it is better to hide it within joinery where it can rise up from an enclosure, drop down from the ceiling or sit behind moving doors.
Future Automation, a UK based company, provide these lifts and mechanisms that can hide technology in the home. They can conceal pretty much anything, and it doesn’t stop at TVs. They can hide drinks cabinets in walls, they can conceal cinema chairs and even statues in a garden.
We use Future Automation regularly because they are reliable. No one wants to look at a black screen when its turned off so hiding it behind a piece of artwork or bespoke joinery would be so much nicer.
It is important to note that when working with Future Automation an integrator is needed to ensure it is controlled simply and can provide a complete design service to outline movement. The expensive TV and mechanism could up being the cheapest part of a solution when compared to that rare piece of artwork which hides it.
Our recent CEDIA award winning project featured a number of these hidden home technology tricks, as you can see in this video:
At NV Integration we will always stick to our mantra Integrated Home Technology and ensure that homes are delivered beautifully with technology seamlessly blended into the design.
If you would like to find out more or discuss the ideas above for your next project, then get in touch