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Technology design meets aesthetic designCase Studies: Smart Homes

Residential AV integration projects require attention to the overall decor as well as the ability to interpret the client’s needs, as these two CEDIA-award winning projects demonstrate.

Perfect Integration delivered a modern media room in a client’s 8.5m x 6m attic room. The design entailed flipping the room around to fit in seating for eight people, plus a bar area at the back. 

This acoustically transparent fibre optic starlight ceiling gives the illusion of added height
This acoustically transparent fibre optic starlight ceiling gives the illusion of added height

The team specified a 6000-lumen projector and provided different calibration settings to match the needs of the two different viewing set-ups: sporting events and movies. The 9.4.4 Dolby Atmos set-up uses Paradigm speakers and subwoofers which, thanks to the construction of new inner walls, were installed in the perfect acoustic positions.

The client liked the look of Ralph Lauren wall lights, but these were beyond the budget. Instead a UK manufacturer was found who could make something very similar for a fraction of the cost.

Working closely with the supplier to source the best acoustically transparent fabric, Perfect Integration installed an acoustically transparent fibre optic starlight ceiling. This gives the illusion of being under the stars rather than in a low-ceiling attic.

For the Villa Africa project, French integrator Henri collaborated with a famous interior designer. Emphasis was placed on ensuring the technology seamlessly integrated and did not take away from the African artwork around the villa. Profiled speakers, furniture-integrated subwoofers and specific finishing for biometric access are examples of the close attention paid to making the technology as discreet as possible.

The villa features easily controlled lighting, shades and temperature; music in most rooms and in the garden; three media rooms; video distribution throughout; and a security system consisting of door stations, a perimeter alarm, indoor and outdoor CCTV cameras, and biometric access control at sensitive spots.

The owner requested very high-quality audio. In addition to integrating a specific music server in one room, Henri sourced products for the rest of the villa that could be integrated in the interior decor as well as delivering the desired quality of music.

Crestron wall-mounted touchscreens, remote controls for the video zones, iPads and iPhone apps were selected to deliver intuitive control. Wall touchscreens are flush-mounted in boxes, while the user interface has been meticulously designed to be ergonomic and intuitive. The client can personalise certain aspects of the system, such as adjusting and creating new lighting scenarios from the touchscreen.

Where to find smart home technology at ISE 2022

ISE 2022 attendees interested in residential solutions should head for the Residential & Smart Building Zone in Hall 2. Trade association CEDIA has a wealth of professional development sessions during the show. Additionally, ISE 2022 is playing host to the Superyacht Technology Summit for the first time, on Friday 4 February.

Care was taken on the Villa Africa project to make the technology as discreetly integrated as possible
Care was taken on the Villa Africa project to make the technology as discreetly integrated as possible

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