Cool Homes
Motorized Art Collection Hides HDTVs
Crestron controls and lifts by Electro Kinetics help art integrate with electronics.
August 14, 2011 by Grant Clauser

So picture this, you’re building a gorgeous new riverfront property. You want delicious views of the water, lots of natural light and an airy modern feel to complement your extensive art collection.

You also want an exceptional audio, video and control system so you can enjoy movies, music and television with ease. But how do you make your fine art collection not clash with your top-line TVs and speakers?

To make those two worlds play nicely together you need to bring in pros who know integration and the systems that make them rock. The owner of this 12,000-square-foot home in Hyde Park, NY, called in Audio Video Systems of Plainview, NY to take on the task.

Depending on when you walk into one of the rooms in this home, the hallmark may be a large LG LCD TV or a stunning oil painting. In order to keep the TVs out of sight when not in use, Audio Video System used Electro Kinetic lifts to raise paintings, open hidden panels and move televisions into viewing position. All of that control is accomplished by a button press on a Crestron touchpanel, of which there are several in the house.

Besides the integration of TV lifts, the home also includes complete security, lighting and shade control. A Lutron Homeworks system is integrated with the Crestron automation so when someone wants to watch a movie in the media room, not only do the Stewart screen and Sony projector descend from the ceiling, but shades will automatically cover the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the lights will dim down to an off position.

In addition to the multiple disappearing TVs, Audio Video Systems took the integration a step further in the home’s great room, where two custom-built columns also hold Sonance CM speakers in addition to works of art.

Of course, this home system isn’t limited to making TVs pop out of the walls, Sonance speakers in every room deliver whole-house music from an AudioQuest music server. Video is delivered throughout the house from a Kaleidescape movie system (See Kaleidescape review here) and nine cable receivers (two are DVRs) plus content from an AppleTV.

Check out the slideshow for more amazing pictures of this home.

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Grant Clauser - Technology and Web Editor, Electronic House
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 training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths. Follow him on Twitter @geclauser.

Primary Equipment

Electro Kinetics TV Lifts
Cable TV receivers (9)
Crestron Pro2
Crestron P-Vid’
Crestron Bi Pad8
Sonance amps
Audio Request F4.V5
Kaleidescape Video Server
Apple TV
Furman Elite-20PFI
Furman F1000
Lutron Homeworks
Sonance Architectural Speakers
Stewart Luxus Screen
LG LCD TVs


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