Technology experts and designers are teaming up to reimagine the television watching experience
In the current world of design, lines are increasingly blurred. Indoors are bursting outdoors; kitchens are becoming kitchen-diners – or kitchen-dining-living rooms – and designers are striving to prove that form can now be synonymous with function. Samsung’s latest collaboration with industrial designer Yves Béhar, to design a minimalist television that turns into an artwork that blends into existing decor when you’re not watching, is proof of that.
In an art-meets-tech fusion, “The Frame” TV is part of a movement in which technology is being integrated into our homes seamlessly, you could even say invisibly. Technology is not only connecting us, entertaining us, inspiring us … now it also has the potential to add some serious style to your decorating scheme.
Connection Vs Disconnection
Without exception, design experts are drawing on the link between our busy lifestyles and the ensuing sense that our homes need to be safe sanctuaries for ourselves and our families – welcoming havens that have a positive effect on our lives, without impacting negatively on the environment beyond our four walls.
2017 has been the year of “slowing down”, of “switching off” … of going back to nature through our decorating trends. You only need to look at the green hues that have dominated the trending colour charts and our continued obsession with natural materials to confirm this. Béhar’s concern was that traditional TV design operated in stark contrast to this renewed focus on nature and balance – it has seen us dedicating decorating space to a black box that is not even on all the time. This seems counterintuitive when, as he says, “A beautiful piece of artwork … adds value to its environment, even when it’s off.”
And that’s not the only benefit to the environment – whether personal or wider. As smart home technology advances further into our homes – with 1 in 4 Australian homeowners now reporting to have integrated it – technology is playing a role in helping our living spaces become greener. You can preset your lights or heating system to turn on when you want them to, and even monitor your energy usage remotely. Every detail makes a difference. Indeed, the movement sensors integrated by into The Frame can see when you’ve left the room, prompting it to switch off and save energy.
From Thick to Slim … to Thick
We’ve come a long way from the big, boxy TVs that stood as boldly as pieces of furniture in living rooms of the past. Though for Béhar, the contemporary solution is not necessarily making everything smaller, or trying to make it disappear altogether – indeed Samsung’s previous collaboration with the Bouroullec brothers to create a standout retro TV proves a similar point. A TV with well-considered features can, in fact, stand proudly in a living area. And, if the technology is good enough to improve the entire visual experience, it’s a piece that’s worth making space for in your home – even if it does take up that little bit more room.
For Béhar, to rethink the TV means taking a counterintuitive approach to its design. “We’ve seen the television advance for years by becoming thinner while people have spent decades finding new ways to hide their TVs when not in use!” he says. Instead of trying to see how thin they could make the TV or its stand, they chose to make it thicker, more intelligent and more of a home and lifestyle element, mounted flush on the wall in a smart wooden frame.
Decorating With a TV
Plus, it’s a fun concept to consider designing with your TV. Béhar encourages you to have fun with new ways of displaying The Frame – mounting it on an easel-style stand, or hanging it in a gallery: “It even looks stunning above a fireplace … which has, until now, been an interior design faux pas,” he says.
With technology, it seems, there’s no looking back.
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