Mid-Century Home Goes Modern Industrial with B&W Screening Room
A B&W speaker system-infused theater and comfy day-bed seating bring this mid-century home up to speed when it comes to movie and TV viewing.
FINALIST: Best Home Theater $25,000 and Under
July 02, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger

These homeowners have catapulted a 50-year-old ranch-style home into the 21st century with modern, minimalist design, with the help of custom electronics pro London Audio.

Blonde woods, glistening stone, premium leathers and polished chrome replaced the Cold-war design elements during this complete home makeover. And the basement bonus room has taken on new life as a dedicated screening room.

“This young and stylish couple had little interest in an Art Deco or traditionally styled theater,” says London Audio’s Rick Ho. “They wanted their screening room to take on the same modern design aesthetic found in the rest of their home.

“They were drawn not only to the sound of the B&W speaker system for their theater but they found the Kevlar drivers, chrome trim rings and wenge finish perfect design accents for their home.”

The design of the speakers had so much impact on the homeowners that they prefer to keep the grille clothes off all their speakers. It not only improves performance, but has the industrial design aesthetic that they adore.

Over-stuffed loungers were shunned in favor of the straight lines of European designed leather couch and chairs. But, the best seat in the house isn’t a a seat at all, says Ho. It’s a comfortable day-bed.

“In Indian mythology, Vishnu the lord of the cosmos, is always pictured reclining,” the installer notes. “It’s a sign of order and proper balance in the universe. What better way to bring balance to our hectic lives than to retreat to our own private screening room?”

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.

Installer/Equipment List

Systems Design & Installation
London Audio
London, ON, Canada

Equipment List
B&W ASW700 Subwoofer
B&W CM7 Three-Way Floor-Standing Speakers.
B&W CMC Cm Series Center Speaker
2pr B&W Ds6 Thx Surround
Chief RPAU Universal Projo Mnt
8 Mbi Colorsonix Series 1800 Fabric Wall Panels, 1”
Crestron CLSC6W Six Channel Dimming Station
Gefen EXTCOMPAUD143 1 X 3 Component Distribution
Home Theatermaster Mrf300
Home Theatermaster Mx850 Uni Rem
160 Ft Liberty 142PUCWHT Ultracap 14/4
10 X Liberty CMRG6URCA Connector
10x Liberty CMRG6URCA Connector
30ft Liberty RGB6C/22-2p 26GX6 W/2pr
Liberty RGB6C/22-2p 26GX6 W/2pr
Middle Atlantic 2 Space 3 1/2”“
Middle Atlantic Srsr-X-24 Rotating Rack
Panamax Max5100 W/Surge Gate
Rotel RSX1067 7.1 Surround Receiver
Runco Cl420 DLP Projector
Stewart Snd110hfh Firehawk 110” Diagonal Hdtv
2x Tributaries DELCV2M Comp Vid
3 X Tributaries DELDIG2M Digital 2m
Tributaries SUBM4M Mono Sub 4m
Wadia 170 iTransport iPod Digital Dock

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