Now You See, Now You Don’t
Sometimes, the art of great home technology design is more about what you don’t see than what you do. Such is the case of with a recent project Crescendo Designs completed in a 2,500-square foot apartment in Manhattan’s Central Park West with Facet Construction.
While the space features the latest in high-end audio and video equipment — from its Runco televisions and Crestron audio and video distribution system to its Lutron whole home automated lighting system and motorized shades throughout — it’s those design elements that you don’t initially see that have the most impact in maintaining the apartment’s clean, crisp design aesthetic, according to Steve Berry, Senior Design Consultant.
The homeowner had a real eye for both design and technology,” he explains “There are top-of-the-line selections throughout the space – even those that you don’t readily see.”
The apartment’s touch panels and keypads are installed with TRUFIG, the award-winning solution that makes electrical outlets, keypads, touch panels and other similar devices virtually invisible in sheetrock as well as in solid surfaces such as granite, marble and wood. The home’s Sonance architectural speakers provide crystal-clear sound but virtually disappear into the wall, while the theater room’s projector and screen also disappear—into the ceiling—when not in use.
When the theater room is in use, Lutron automated shades in this and other rooms darken the interior without blocking the apartment’s spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.