Tech Tour: Modern Tech Living In London


Name: Chittagong

Location: London
Size: 98m2
Years lived in: 1 year

While Chittagong may not have many beat on duration of living, with the accumulated character that many older "lived-in" spaces have, it's his impeccable eye for detail and tech implementation that has us drooling in admiration. Streamlining a media collection is admittedly a difficult task, but he's accomplished that and much more in this small, but undeniably cool London abode...

AT Survey:

My/our Style: Finnish - simple and functional, driven by utility. Main colours white, wood and metal. All colour comes from the media, be it art, TV, games or magazines.

The Inspiration for my home: Lounge room is inspired by The Standard hotel in LA, which has the most comfortable lounge I've ever been in.

Favorite tech element in your home: Apple TV and AirPort Express, feeding the entire house with entertainment. Xbox 360 is a close second - best console ever made.

Biggest Challenge blending your tech and decor: The amount of cables to support a reasonable entertainment setup is stupid - and hiding them is quite a challenge.

What friends say about my home: They say it "looks like us". Don't know if that's good or bad!

Biggest Embarrassment in my home: Beanbags in upstairs lounge are in a less-than-presentable shape, but our dog really, really loves them.

Proudest DIY (do it yourself) tech project: All home media put into a TimeCapsule, synced with Apple TV, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone and streamed through speakers. Not as easy as Apple would make you think.

Biggest Indulgence with respect to my home: The Togo sofas in the lounge are second to none in comfort - be it in having beers with friends, watching movies, working with your laptop or recovering from hangover.

Best Advice given or received: Mom told invest in top quality furniture only, and live without a thing until I could afford a proper one. Pays off: the Alvar Aalto kitchen table and chairs some 30 years old, older than I am.

Dream Source for stuff: For art, Nelly Duff gallery ( in London, truly brilliant collection of affordable art from rising artists. For furniture, Twentytwentyone ( in London. If they don't sell the piece of furniture you need, it probably wasn't good in the first place.

Tech hardware: Sony 52X2000 1080P LCD TV, Sony 5300ES HD AV receiver, Genelec speakers, Apple TV, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, TimeCapsule, Airport Express, Harman/Kardon Soundsticks II

Downstairs lounge: Togo sofas from Ligne Roset. Arco lamp by Floss. TV stand from Muurame. AV stand from Habitat.Dining table and chairs by Alvar Aalto, from Artek

Upstairs lounge: sofa and bean bags from Innovation. Barcelona chair from Knoll. Cupboards from Muurame. Divider from Martela.

Bedroom: Bed from Innovation. Night tables from Bo/Concept.

Accessories: Plats from House of Plants

Lighting: Integrated halogen lighting in the property

Paint: Matte white and original brick wall

Flooring: Hardwood floors throughout

Artwork: Print art from Nelly Duff gallery, London and sticker art by Blik

(Thanks Chittagong!)

(Images: realchittagong licensed for use under Creative Commons))