WON­DER WALL

Singapore Tatler Homes - - LIVING -

Knot­ted ca­bles and wiring are the bane of a well-de­signed space. Take a look at the lat­est tele­vi­sion wall and con­sole de­signs that not only keep un­sightly wires out of sight, but of­fer other added fea­tures

POLIFORM SINTESI Poliform’s Sintesi mod­u­lar sys­tem was de­signed by Carlo Colombo in 1998 and has since re­mained a popular sys­tem for its flex­i­bil­ity. Con­sist­ing of wall-mounted and free­stand­ing com­po­nents, its stor­age op­tions are avail­able in a va­ri­ety of for­mats, from open shelves to draw­ers and cab­i­nets. The sys­tem puts em­pha­sis on hor­i­zon­tal lines, which makes it suit­able for larger rooms. The tele­vi­sion can rest on the con­sole or be mounted on the struc­ture.

Ex­cept for the small per­cent­age of homes that do not have a tele­vi­sion in the living room, the typ­i­cal home­owner has to fac­tor in the tele­vi­sion con­sole area in the over­all de­sign of the living room. The unit, how­ever, can take on mul­ti­ple func­tions in ad­di­tion to hold­ing the tele­vi­sion in a dis­creet man­ner. Much of the de­ci­sion first be­gins with the tele­vi­sion it­self. For max­i­mum com­fort, the dis­tance be­tween the screen and the seat­ing area should guide its size. A gen­eral rule of thumb is that the big­ger the room, the big­ger it should be. For in­stance, a 50-inch screen is best viewed at a dis­tance of two to four me­tres. And for an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence, it’s rec­om­mended to go for the largest screen at the min­i­mum view­ing dis­tance. Once the screen size is determined, con­sider too the kind of stor­age re­quired. Over the years, fur­ni­ture brands have pro­duced con­soles that also serve as stor­age space. This comes in many forms, ei­ther as hid­den com­part­ments to max­imise stor­age space in the home as a whole or open shelves and niches for dis­play­ing dec­o­ra­tive items. A con­sole big on style could turn out to be the fo­cal point of the space. On the other hand, some might pre­fer it to be sleek and sim­ple so that other el­e­ments, such as the seat­ing area, be­come the cen­tre­piece.

EUROMOBIL LIVING Euromobil’s wall unit is just one of many from the brand’s col­lec­tion of wall units cater­ing to dif­fer­ent needs. Mounted on the wall, it frees up floor space and blends the tele­vi­sion screen with the unit. The clean-cut dis­play shelves and draw­ers pro­vide stor­age for essen­tials and dis­play items. Ad­di­tional stor­age can be added in the form of wall­mounted cab­i­nets that are sep­a­rate from the unit. SOUND IDEA Sound­bars like Bose’s Life­style 135 Se­ries III home en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem pro­vides su­pe­rior per­for­mance with­out tak­ing up too much space on the con­sole and can even be mounted on the wall. The sleek de­sign of sound­bars also melds with the de­sign of tele­vi­sion walls and con­soles with ease. The Life­style 135 Se­ries III sound­bar sys­tem DESALTO SAIL De­signed in 2013, the Sail sys­tem is as min­i­mal­ist as it gets. Fea­tur­ing stripped down lines, Sail lets the images on the screen be in the spot­light when the tele­vi­sion’s on. When it’s off, it be­comes a quiet pres­ence that merges with the pared down form of the unit. Its sim­plic­ity is made pos­si­ble by the eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble hous­ings that con­ceal ca­bles and sock­ets. Sail is avail­able in dif­fer­ent for­mats, where the one with the long­est base also comes with in­te­grated trunk­ing to hide other ac­ces­sories’ ca­bles. con­nects and con­trols up to six HD video and mu­sic sources and wire­lessly stream In­ter­net ra­dio, mu­sic li­brary and ser­vices such as Spo­tify, Pan­dora and Deezer.

ROCHE BOBOIS AR­CANE The Ar­cane mod­u­lar stor­age unit is equipped with ad­justable shelves so that the tele­vi­sion can be placed ei­ther in the cen­tre or to the left or right. Ar­cane also fea­tures slid­ing doors. This gives two lay­ers of stor­age space – and the op­tion to close off the tele­vi­sion when it turns out to be too much of a dis­trac­tion. Shelves on the in­side are built with more depth to ac­com­mo­date bulkier items. Those on the slid­ing doors are de­signed for things like books and mag­a­zines. PORADA UBIQUA FREE­STAND­ING MEDIACENTRE With its swivel stand, this free­stand­ing unit from Porada is per­fect for com­bined spa­ces. The most com­mon ex­am­ple is the living area con­nected to the dining area or study. De­signed for smaller tele­vi­sions, it also houses nifty stor­age space for DVDS, CDS and books, as well as glass shelves for other en­ter­tain­ment equip­ment.

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