Remember the bad old days of CRT televisions? Keeping these boxy behemoths out of sight often meant even bulkier TV cabinets. Thankfully, flat screen TVs have relinquished much of that much-needed living room space. For those who wish to reclaim even more space, Washington, DC area furniture maker Hardwood Artisans has created an elegant, high-tech reimagining of the traditional TV cabinet.
Hardwood Artisans makes a number of entertainment centers, but their Flat Screen TV Lift Systems take the cake. These seemingly ordinary bookshelves contain a motorized TV mounting system in the rear. With the use of a simple remote control, a panel on the top of the unit opens, and the television rises from within. The piece includes a vented cabinet to store your AV equipment or game consoles, and since the company makes all of their furniture to order, these units can be customized to your liking with a variety of finishes and features.
I had the pleasure of trying one out at Hardwood Artisan's showroom in Arlington, VA, one of their four in the greater DC area. The build quality is immediately evident - these are sturdy, handcrafted works made with quality materials. For technology lovers who prefer a classical aesthetic to modern minimalism, these elegant pieces absolutely deliver.
Images: Hardwood Artisans and Mark Grambau