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Jun 18, 2007 12:00 PM

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The following information is courtesy of the 2006 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers' Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit or call (800) 669-5329.

2006 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Winner
Designers' Awards: Best Hidden Installation
Bronze Technical Design

Electronics Systems Consultant

“The Creek House Living Room Art TV” assembly exemplifies the results of a highly detailed design process, demonstrating the synergy a team can achieve between design and technology, in this case with respect to combining and concealing highly technical and visually critical interior elements. This was designed as part of a larger integrated system in a contemporary home for a retired couple with a massive art collection, the assembly automates the movement of a million dollar sculpture weighing hundreds of pounds with a large 60in. plasma over a large custom, open gas fireplace in minimal available depth.

The owner was insistent that a large TV be viewable from the great distances and varied seating in a large living room. The living room was to be almost completely dedicated to widely varied pieces of art numbering in the hundreds—and a large plasma TV was not an acceptable visual element in this context. The ideal location for a TV found a very large, custom engineered fireplace with linear gas jets and a steel enclosure, preventing a traditional lift placement below, the easier solution. An art lift seemed the obvious solution, however, the only art the team was willing to locate there that weighs hundreds of pounds, 6ft. wide, 4ft. tall, and almost 18in. deep. It was also worth a great deal of money. As if that were not enough, the wall behind could not afford a recess beyond 8in. due to the flues for the below firebox.

We worked closely with a small, custom motorization manufacturer we work with often. Our inhouse architectural staff coordinated extensively with other members of the design-build team, and we were able to implement a device without any visible rails or elements concealing a 60in. NEC plasma TV behind the aforementioned piece of art. The sculpture moves, automated by AMX, over 3ft. up to expose the TV, and does so quietly and smoothly without a single glitch to date.

Equipment list

  • 1 AMX MVP-8400 8.4in. Modero ViewPoint touchpanel
  • 1 AMX PLK-DMS in-wall display keypad
  • 1 AMX MVP docking station for 8400
  • 1 Chief PLP-2043 mount adapter for plasma TV
  • 1 Client-supplied art
  • 1 Electro-Kinetics custom art-lift mechanism
  • 1 NEC PX61XM1U-S1 61in. HD plasma TV
  • 2 NEC PX61XM2A speakers for plasma TV
  • 1 Phillips DSHD800R HDTV satellite receiver LV RM
  • 4 SpeakerCraft MT8 Two flush-mount loudspeakers

    Time and Expertise Worksheet
    Task Hours
    Client Interviews 1
    Electronic Design and Engineering: 6
    Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 4
    Project Management: 42
    Pre-wire/Rough-in: 9
    Trim-out: 29
    Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 1
    Programming: 6
    Final Installation and Calibration: 22
    Client Instruction: 1
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 16
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 20
    Project Management by Others: 20
    Other time: builder's interior designs, drawings done on paper: 0
    Total Hours to Complete: 177

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