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September 18, 2007

Time for football

Kegerator It's that time of year... Sundays filled with football games on the big screen, junk food, and beer!

This year, why don't you serve that cold, frosty beverage in style? Check out the Kegorator -- the high-end mini fridge holds a pony keg or 2 5-gallon kegs and quickly dispenses from the top tap.

Shop Montgomery Ward's for more entertainment accessories.

--allie

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February 08, 2007

The Geometric C in Entertainment Centers

5imm Technology continues to drive home furnishing trends with entertainment centers and home theater units offering sliding doors to hide flat screen televisions or collapsing altogether into a simple streamlined buffet. In another twist, look for the Geometric "C" -- which dramatically and asymmetrically frames the flatscreen.

Swiss company MAB juxtaposes the über-modern materials of glass and glistening metal with planks of solid and knotty wood to remind us that no matter how futuristic the technology, the home needs to be warm.

Etpapeopleday_1 Italian manufacturer Pianca takes a similar approach with its clean lines, low silhouette, and generous use of wood such as this rich African walnut which is similar in shade to teak,  steel accents and high gloss lacquered fronts.


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January 09, 2007

Home of the Future

It's 2007 folks. The future is here and you can get there by subway--assuming you're just a train ride away from the Time Warner Center in New York City. There, for the next three weeks, where there used to be a standard lobby is the Home to the Future. Ridiculously automated, electro-mated, and remote controlled, the Home to the Future infuses technology into every part of living.

The kitchen features over 200 channels of digital cable, high speed Internet and digital phone service with free calling in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. In the family room bonding in front of a huge television screen wont be interrupted by pesky phone calls. The caller ID will flash across the screen, so you wont have to move a muscle to see who's calling.

The Home to the Future exhibit is fully interactive, so don't be afraid to press a few buttons when you're there. The rest of us will have to check it out online at Home to the Future.com.

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January 02, 2007

Modern sound

Square_cdWe'd like to help our readers get their wish lists started early this year...

The Square CD player from Yanko Design looks like a white Corian tile (as in countertop) when turned off -- once powered on it transforms into a wall-hung illuminated touch screen. Looking for big sound? The entire surface serves as a speaker.

Start saving now -- this functional fixture won't come cheap.

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December 05, 2006

Explore Fjords -- Traditional Craftsmanship + Modern Style

Baloo_boontje Hjellegjerde was that "other" Norwegian furniture company that made incredibly well-crafted leather recliners with a variety of wood bases. Over the last couple years, the company has tried on new names, experimented with off-shore production and embraced high fashion. The results are exciting. That hard to pronounce name is now simply: Fjords -- which is to remind you that these pieces are hand-made in the mother country.

Baloo has the familiarity of a 1960’s classic. Renowned Norwegian designer Olav Eldoy’s Baloo dazzles with its split personality. As a showpiece, the chair makes a sophisticated retro statement. But with a 360 degree swivel and  rocker functions, it is a very sprite chair. Available in leather or microfiber with chrome legs. Matching ottoman, with coordinating chrome legs are also available.

And look at Contura. Award-winning designer Svein Asbjornsen conceived a new kind of first-class airline seating that is elegant, and so comfortable you could sit for hours and still feel relaxed. The secret is "zero gravity" technology, just like they use in the space shuttle. The locking handle allows the chair to seamlessly glide and lock into any position, suspending you in air. Both chairs are handmade in Norway.

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Fjords is leading, not following, with leathers. The ever supple Elmo leathers are hand-painted, embossed, embroidered and even quilted. And color (although not evident in this striking embroidered pattern by Tord Boontje above) is not to be denied.

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December 01, 2006

Plasma or LCD TV?

6223With Plasma & LCD televisions finally coming down from the stratosphere in price (here's a 42" Sylvania plasma monitor for under $800), which technology will prevail?

The plasma folks think it should be them (shocking) and commissioned a study to "prove it." Two factoids they proffer: the lifespan of a plasma is the same as an LCD -- and the plasma does not distort the image even when viewing at less than a 45 degree angle.

The best news is, whenever two technologies square off, the consumer usually wins.

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November 17, 2006

Wall Hung TV

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Flat panel television sales are ever-increasing, yet during the purchase most consumers do not realize the importance of installation and cable management. Additionally, based on the position of connected components and location of the power source on the wall, installation of a flat panel could be quite costly – especially if there is a need for an electrician to re-wire existing power sources and/or conceal component cables behind walls to eliminate unsightly dangling wires. The award-winning Moda Wall Furniture System was designed to be the easy-to-install, aesthetically pleasing solution for that – a functional accessory to the flat panel that do-it-yourself consumers can install themselves.

Pricing for the Moda Wall Furniture System (MWFS) is $299.95. Additional wall panels (MWF8 and MWF16) are priced at $99.95 and $129.95 respectively.

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September 19, 2006

Meet Möbelform

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People looking for a flexible way to mount their plasma tvs often turn to wall mounted arms.  The robotic limb holds, tips and turns a tv easily, but lacks any real aesthetic refinement. The Periscope from Möbelform offers good looks with ease of movement.  It’s available in floor and wall mounted configurations through Möbelform showrooms and online at www.mobelform.com. Expect to pay about $5,800 for the floor mounted and $3,800 for the wall mounted version.

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September 07, 2006

Fashion Rocks the Small Screen

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Pop culture bands brand like no other and have power to turn small fashion designers into couture stars with the change of an outfit. Paring fashion and rock is a no-brainer, as tonight's concert Fashion Rocks 2006 prooves.

Fashion Rocks performers Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Bon Jovi, The Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z, Elton John, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, The Pussycat Dolls, Scissor Sisters, and Kanye West make statements with music as well as with their styles. This is a group for whom looking good and sounding good are top priorities. And after the show they'll head to a party that indulges those very needs.

The guests will be entertained by technology's most impressive mirrors––Seura's Television Mirrors. And because each mirror/tv will be playing the entire Fashion Rocks show during the party, the A-listers will get what they really want--the ability to see themselves in the present as well as the past. Finally, those all important questions, "How do I look? and, "How did I look?" will be answered at once! For anyone not on the after party guest list, Fashion Rocks will air tomorrow on CBS at 9pm eastern, 8pm central.

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January 05, 2006

102 ... 103 ... Do We Hear 104?

Mix testosterone with a remote control and what do you get? How about a 103-inch plasma display panel. Matsushita Electric Industrial, the maker of all things Panasonic, announced at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) it had developed a prototype of what will now be the world's largest such screen -- bypassing the mere 102 inch whopper by Samsung. Neither company has made clear when or if these monster screens will actually reach store shelves or at what price. Although figure it will be higher than than the $130,000 you'll pay for Samsung's 80-inch model.

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