Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wireless Wonders

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PHMAHOME01Form and function coexist in these chic, wire-free designs.

Nothing detracts from the design of a room quite like a tangled mass of wires suspended in the air like a digital spider. Banish these bundles of decorative blight by going wireless – or, at least, by creatively concealing them.

Wireless is “the way of the future,” says Alan Hajek, advertising manager at Phoenix-based Stone Creek Furniture, which works wireless and wire-hiding techniques into its custom-built home office and theater designs. “You can’t get completely away from power cords yet, so we do have hidden wire trays to conceal them.”

DAGR Design in Scottsdale also utilizes the art of concealment in its home theater and sound system designs. Bulky wires and stacks of audio and video accoutrements are ensconced behind drywall or sheets of wood to go beyond mere camouflage. Monica Murphey, director of operations at DAGR, says their clients want “a wow factor... they like how we can take the focus off a big TV and proportionately blend it into its surroundings while at the same time hiding wires as well as equipment.”

Going truly wireless is an option with designs like Geneva Lab’s Model L Wireless music system, which streams music from computers, tablets and smart phones as well as satellite and terrestrial radio. Crestron offers even more wireless potential, with comprehensive home automation – security, sound, lighting, thermostats, door locks – at the touch of a smart phone.

“All of these products can be controlled from the Crestron app on your mobile phone. We even have wireless interfaces to control your pool or spa without running a new wire to the pool controller,” says Michelle Baker, regional manager of residential market development at Crestron. People “want to simplify their lives through technology, but they don’t want to tear the house apart to run wiring in the process. We’re always developing new wireless solutions that will enrich our customers’ lives.”

DAGR Design
6501 E. Greenway Rd., Scottsdale
602-953-4807, dagrdesign.com
A client’s existing media wall was gutted and redesigned for this home theater project, which was designed to showcase larger pieces of art with hidden lighting elements. The audio/video equipment is concealed in a nearby closet, with wiring run through the walls. Price varies by project; average project takes two weeks once construction begins.
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Check website for local dealers: crestron.com
“Customers want as much of the technology in their home to be connected as possible, and in an existing home that means a solution that doesn’t require wiring,” Baker says. Door locks and security systems can be linked and controlled via Crestron’s smart phone app. Price varies by project; inquire with dealer.
Stone Creek Furniture
Locations: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Glendale, stonecreekfurniture.com
This knotty elder and granite desk (fabricated in-house) was commissioned by a client who wanted extra storage space, shelves, a peninsula desk and a recessed TV with no visible wires. Wire trays were used to contain and camouflage them. Price varies by project; average project takes six weeks to custom-build and install furniture.
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