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What If A Media Cabinet Won’t Fit?


The television is a part of many interiors today, but it doesn’t have to take over.  Not every room has the space to accommodate a large media cabinet.  No matter how many floorplans we tried, the space planning would not allow a media cabinet and the required seating.  How did we handle this task, when a large flat screen was required but the room wouldn’t allow it? Build it into the wall and make it art. Here a tranquil Naples, Florida penthouse great room is transformed into a comfortable entertaining space with ample seating allowing the past owner of a major league baseball team to mix television with his art collection.This media cabinet was achieved by building the cabinet 9” into the wall (borrowing 5” from the bedroom behind) and only protruding 4” into the great room.  Floating the cabinet off the floor keeps it from feeling like the media cabinet which ate the room.

The TV remains hidden in the unit while not viewed to allow the artwork to stand as the focal points.  Two in-wall speakers hide in standard wall depth behind the Venetian plaster.  The Grey Watkins shell fabric was the color key for the color scheme of the entire public spaces in this home.  Two commissioned pieces by Ryan McGuiness add appropriate color to the finished space.

Setting the cabinet into the wall worked for the room and worked for the client.   For him the TV was important, but never more important than artwork.  This is what I love about being a designer, the challenge of being creative. 🙂

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