Tech Tour: Modern Tech Living In London

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Name: Chittagong

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

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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...

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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.

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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 (www.nellyduff.com) in London, truly brilliant collection of affordable art from rising artists. For furniture, Twentytwentyone (twentytwentyone.co.uk) in London. If they don't sell the piece of furniture you need, it probably wasn't good in the first place.

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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

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Furniture:
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))