Options for architectural TV cabinets include modern custom doors and pop-up lifts.
As TV cabinets go, a custom built wall unit by Frans van der Heyden becomes part of a picture wall in this townhouse in Amsterdam designed by his wife, the designer Kate Hume. Centered among modern framed black-and-white photos, it hangs above a coordinating low cabinet that spans the width of the room. Disguising a TV is a must for some while others are letting flat screens become part of a room’s décor. But for this designer, the TV is small and secondary.
The cleverly arranged grouping offers no hint of a television until the doors of the top cabinet are opened. On a wall like this, with all the framed black and white pictures, a flat screen on its own might look good. But the cabinet is a beauty.
In Sydney, Australia, the vision for a home designed by the architectural firm Stanic Harding was to create a modern structure open to, and connected with, the outdoors. We see a hint of that in an open-door wall at the top of the photo. Concealing the presence of a television almost seems mandatory in a home centered around the outdoors. And in a room with seating facing away from the walls the issue is clear — where’s the TV?
The TV was placed inside a cabinet, and a pop-up lift was used so that the owners could preserve the clutter-free atmosphere. You don’t see many pop-up TVs and this type of lift might not work with some of the larger sizes but it’s a great strategy for this room. And note, the screen faces away from the windows so outdoor light doesn’t interfere.
See Allison’s TV in Disguise.
(Sources: Kate Hume Design, Birdman Furniture, Stanic Harding)
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