THE IN­NO­VA­TION

TECH­NOL­OGY AS ART

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Gone are the days of hid­ing your tele­vi­sion in a cabi­net. The hottest launches in the tech world are func­tional works of art. Spot­ted at the Mi­lan fur­ni­ture fair, Sam­sung’s Yves Béhar-de­signed ‘The Frame’ TV (above; sam­sung.com/uk/the-frame) and Bang & Olufsen’s ‘Beosound Shape’ sound sys­tem ( be­low, from £3,400; bang-olufsen.com) could take pride of place in any home.

Swiss de­signer Béhar’s tele­vi­sion turns into an ul­tra-mod­ern can­vas when not in use – light sen­sors in the frame au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just the screen’s bright­ness so that the pic­ture ap­pears to be printed on paper. The ef­fect is that the screen sim­ply blends in with other art­works on your wall. As Béhar says, ‘once it is up, you re­ally can’t tell it’s there’. There’s a se­lec­tion of frames to suit the style of your room, in­clud­ing oak and wal­nut fin­ishes.

Mean­while, the ‘Beosound Shape’ by Bang & Olufsen looks like an avant-garde sculp­ture and is con­structed us­ing wire­less speaker tiles (a min­i­mum of six are re­quired) cov­ered in fab­ric from Dan­ish brand Kvadrat. There’s even an online tool that helps you de­sign pat­terns for your wall that will cre­ate the op­ti­mum acous­tic ef­fect.

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