Shortlisted: The Pleasure Home’s SmartWall

The Pleasure Home have been shortlisted for the Bespoke Cabinetry award of the International Product Design Awards 2103

Design Brief: To provide a self contained, standalone Media Wall enabling three sporting events or a mixture of other Media sources to be viewed simultaneously on three screens; whilst at the same time being completely discreet and elegant when being used as a display cabinet

Budget: £50,000

Favourite / Key aspect of the product: Full height electric sliding doors which, when closed completely, hide the central 65 inch TV

Why does the design work so well? The piece has perfect symmetry -­ when the doors are shut the top two TVs are still visible for viewing the CCTV cameras on one display and playing a slideshow of favourite images on the other.

Final thoughts / any other information: The piece is designed to also house the AudioVisual Rack for the entire house, so all electronic clutter is centralised and hidden inside SmartWall.

The piece has perfect symmetry ‐ when the doors are shut the top two TVs are still visible.

The piece has perfect
symmetry ‐ when the doors are shut the top two TVs are still visible.

Client’s brief

1. To provide a self contained, standalone Media Wall enabling three sporting events or other Inputs sources to be viewed simultaneously;

2. To be totally controllable via an iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch;

3. To provide a whole house AudioVisual solution, without requiring a dedicated AV storage area elsewhere;

4. Facility to hide the main 65 inch TV behind electric doors when not in use (away from the prying eyes of potential burglars) and also for that added wow factor when revealed;

5. To provide a piece of technology that is also elegant and beautiful to look at;

6. The piece is capable of being relocated when moving to a new home;

7. Minimal disruption to the Room furnishings

8. The only connections required are a double mains socket and Satellite feed

9. No compromise on the sound quality – the high quality left, right and centre speakers were subtly integrated within the Cabinet design

The SmartWall with the doors open.

The SmartWall with the doors open.

Innovations

. A custom designed electric sliding door system able to handle the weight of the doors, whilst also decelerating at the final stage so that the doors didn’t unceremoniously clunk together!

. The design of a ‘chimney’ venting system through the centre section of the unit to ensure that air is cleanly sucked up through the bottom vents and suitably cools all the relevant equipment as its passes up and out of the unit;

. The use and programming of two control systems for both redundancy and functionality – iPhone for casual use and the iPad for more control;

. Programming the interface for the iPhone despite the smaller display size and reduced screen resolution -­‐ for both SmartWall and multi-­‐room deployment;

. The cost effectiveness of being able to use the remaining five outputs (the first three are assigned to SmartWall) to feed ANY source to another five rooms;

. When closed the speaker cut outs allow the top left and right TVs to display family photos or surveillance cameras, even though the main 65 inch TV is hidden from view.

. Use of a new “HDBaseT 8×8 Matrix Controller” allowing up to 8 sources to be independently switched and controlled by up to 8 different TVs in the house;

. Edge lit glass shelving – with colour & brightness remote control via iPad or iPhone

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