February 14, 2013
| by Grant Clauser
Some people think of electronics as things that can clutter up a home and take away from the core aesthetic. Not so in this tastefully-designed loft in New York City’s fashionable SoHo district. In this modern space, the CE Professionals from Cliqk integrated a lighting, control and audio/video system that is seen and heard only when it’s needed.
The owners of this loft insisted on simplicity, both in how the system operated and how it merged with the space’s design. Going for a minimalist theme, however, doesn’t mean that the technology is lacking in any way. On the contrary, everything in this home was given the custom treatment complemented by an elegant control solution powered by Savant.
For music listening, Cliqk installed an 8-zone distributed audio system, all accessed and controlled by iPads. A home theater system in the main living area appears and disappears from sight on command by way of a powered ceiling lift for the projector and a powered screen that recesses into a ceiling soffit. Because the screening area also has massive windows, blackout shades automatically lower via the control system when the theater is being used.
Just walking through the loft is a technology treat. Pressing the Home button on an entrance keypad lights a path to the bedroom, turns on a music playlist and sets the proper temperature. The keypad’s Goodbye command shuts everything off with one button and activates the security system.
To keep things simple, Cliqk programed the keypads to respond differently to single and double taps on the buttons, thereby minimizing the total number of buttons needed.
Motion sensors in the home detect occupants (including a puppy) and also activate lighting scenes based on the time of day.
Custom window shading solutions include powered shades that rise up, instead of come down, to provide privacy while still letting in some sunlight over the top.
A 21-foot wide skylight was treated with a custom designed Lutron shade that meets in the middle.
Keeping everything nice and neat extended to the system’s gear rack. The A/V closet contains two ganged, full-height equipment racks with infrastructure in recessed panels. A separate network rack allows critical devices and the control system to remain online for remote access and control.
Check out all the inside pictures here.
Design and Installation by:
Cliqk Design Group
241 Centre Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10013
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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