A TV maybe standard fare for most living rooms, but that doesn’t mean it should dominate the space. Particularly if the living room in question is an exercise in exquisite design and detail.
This 1950s apartment in London’s Notting Hill Gate is an excellent case in point. Small but perfectly formed, having invested in the pared-back but chic aesthetic of interior design studio Michael Reeves Associates, the homeowners wanted the TV to be as discrete as possible, maximising space whilst allowing the furniture to be the star of the show.
Given that creative thinking coupled with technical know-how was required, home technology expert NV Integration was brought on board to integrate a 37-inch TV into a fabulous freestanding mirror. The resulting dual-purpose design looks like a regular mirror until the screen is switched on and the picture shows through the mirror.
“Sound doesn’t transduce well through glass, so we had to think carefully about where to position the speakers,” explains founder of NV Integration Pip Evans. “We knew that a pair of wall speakers wouldn’t look great, so we opted for invisible speakers plastered into the wall either side of the mirror to preserve the interior design as well as the space.” The commission was not without its challenges. “The piece of glass that came out of the frame went in the bin and the piece of specialist glass that replaced it had to be exactly the same size,” explains Pip. “Unfortunately the frame was very old and had some flex in it, so it was a case of measure once, and then measure again; it was critical that the measurements were correct.”
Establishing the correct height for the TV was equally important – “you can’t just hang it at any position behind the glass,” continues Pip, “it needs to be at the right height for viewing.” Weight was another consideration: “when you have a piece of specialist glass and then you slap a heavy TV on the back of it, you have to make sure that the frame will accept the weight,” he adds.
This living room is proof that a little creative thinking goes a long way. By banishing the TV from view, the furniture and accessories are brought into focus, reminding us that the home is about spending quality time with loved ones rather than wasting hours watching the box.