Control 4 highlighted a number of our CEDIA partners as the best way to hide or disguise your TV. Many of our clients love concealed entertainment systems because they don’t like when their entertainment system is the focal point of the room. Unless, of course, it’s in use.
Our recent projects gallery has a number of hidden entertainment systems; including hidden TVs (1, 2), a hidden theater screen and a mirror TV.
Control 4 reports :
1. Seura: Vanishing TV Mirrors
If you don’t mind buying a whole new TV, Seura is an American manufacturer with some seriously innovative products. The company’s flagship products are the Vanishing TV Mirrors. Available in two varieties—Entertainment and Vanity—these TVs feature unique mirrored covers that allow a TV picture to show through when on, and completely hide the screen when off. Both TV models are available with a choice of over 100 different frames to match any decor and style.
2. Frame My TV: Frames and Covers
If you already have a TV you like and you just want to make it disappear, Frame My TV has a solution for you. The company, based in Massachusetts, specializes in disguising TVs. You can choose to have a custom frame built for your TV, or you can take things a step further with mirror or art covers. In a few clicks you can build, price, and even purchase a custom solution for your TV through their Design Studio.
The Frame, a new TV from Samsung, takes a different approach. This TV features a natural wood frame, and inside the frame is a TV that displays artwork rather than a blank screen when off. There have been other TVs that display art, but not on this level, notes CNET’s David Katzmaier in a review. “The Frame takes the concept further than any TV I’ve seen,” he says.
What’s especially innovative about The Frame is that it uses motion sensors to detect when people are in the room. If it detects movement, the screen will remain on and display a programmed selection of artwork. The library includes over 100 pieces of art, including landscapes, wildlife, and action scenes. The TV is scheduled for release this spring in 55” and 65” sizes (140 cm and 165 cm).
Another option for disguising your TV is to just hide it altogether. This can be accomplished with a TV lift from Nexus 21. These gadgets can be built into cabinets, countertops, or even ceilings. They then raise or lower your TV on demand for a totally clutter-free experience. Nexus 21 is one of the leading providers of such lifts, with a client list that includes Sony, Oakley, Pixar, and NASA.
There are two basic styles of lift: Pop-up and drop-down. The pop-up lifts hold up to 103” TVs (252 cm), while the drop-down lifts can handle up to 75” (191 cm). There is also a flip-down version that can hold up to 75” (191 cm) TVs. The company claims the lifts are nearly silent, and it backs them with a 10-year warranty.