Yesterday we went into detail about the concept of "techorating", the process of merging the utility and pleasures of tech gear with the aesthetic considerations of the rest of the home. We broke it down into 8 easy to follow tips, but sometimes just seeing a nearly complete real world example of the idea is even better. Hemi's home theater setup is a techorator's space through and through… Hemi's current home theater setup is a refresh of a previous version (shown below). He updated his whole projection screen system with upgraded hardware, including Arcam AVR350 amp and a new set of System Audio Ranger speakers and REL T3 sub, alongside a matching white media cabinet. It all pops off the dark textured digi-houndstooth wallpaper.
What we love about Demi's setup is it's commitment to both the thrills of a full home theater experience inside a relatively modest living room space, all the while looking like a pleasant space to just sit back and relax, thanks to the choice in furnishings and surrounding artwork on opposite walls. A definite colour scheme pervades from components, to furniture (the pair of Barcelona Chairs by Mies van der Rohe are modernist classics), all the way to their choice in window covering and wall shelving. Wires and cables are routed through the walls and a decor-friendly ceiling mounted Sanyo PLV-Z700 projector keeps the tech relatively out of view. A low cost alternative to his media center is an IKEA lack media unit; just paint it with a super high gloss spray paint ontop and you'll have a similar look to Demi's setup.
The only thing we'd personally change? Adding an automatic hideaway projection screen, to hide the sizable screen while not in use. Hemi could then add some additional artwork that only reveals itself when the screen is pulled back up, though it currently appears he keeps a flat screen HDTV underneath for day time viewing.And Hemi's "before" pictures are equally beautiful…maybe even more so for those of us who like the warmer tones of the Pioneer S-V810A 5.1 speakers' beech finish and the matching media cabinet. The previous setup didn't offer as slim of a profile as the updated version, but on a visual level, we might prefer the first set of wood finish components. Which one do you prefer? In any case, both before and after photos (with many, many more to ogle over at Minhembio) may inspire you to refresh you own space during holiday break.
[Photos via Hemi/Minhembio]