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Motorized Art Collection Hides HDTVs

Crestron controls and lifts by Electro Kinetics help art integrate with electronics.

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August 14, 2011 by Grant Clauser

So picture this, you’re building a gorgeous new riverfront property. You want delicious views of the water, lots of natural light and an airy modern feel to complement your extensive art collection.

You also want an exceptional audio, video and control system so you can enjoy movies, music and television with ease. But how do you make your fine art collection not clash with your top-line TVs and speakers?

To make those two worlds play nicely together you need to bring in pros who know integration and the systems that make them rock. The owner of this 12,000-square-foot home in Hyde Park, NY, called in Audio Video Systems of Plainview, NY to take on the task.

Depending on when you walk into one of the rooms in this home, the hallmark may be a large LG LCD TV or a stunning oil painting. In order to keep the TVs out of sight when not in use, Audio Video System used Electro Kinetic lifts to raise paintings, open hidden panels and move televisions into viewing position. All of that control is accomplished by a button press on a Crestron touchpanel, of which there are several in the house.

Besides the integration of TV lifts, the home also includes complete security, lighting and shade control. A Lutron Homeworks system is integrated with the Crestron automation so when someone wants to watch a movie in the media room, not only do the Stewart screen and Sony projector descend from the ceiling, but shades will automatically cover the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the lights will dim down to an off position.

In addition to the multiple disappearing TVs, Audio Video Systems took the integration a step further in the home’s great room, where two custom-built columns also hold Sonance CM speakers in addition to works of art.


Great Room

Master Bedroom

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Posted by chantal Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:23:00 GMT