Black and White

Black & White

 

“Use no color,” he said, “Even grey is unacceptable.”

A new customer found us on the web via Electronic House and liked our creativity. He commented that often our designs were in keeping with the arts and craft style famous to western NC. He continued with concern that we might not be interested in a project with a more contemporary flair. After doing so many rustic homes recently, we welcomed the opportunity to create a theater that had the freedom of modern design. Little did we know that the project was to be a lot more black and white. Literally. When I say “literally” I don’t mean it in the typical inaccurate way often used, throwing english majors into fits. I mean he wanted the theater to be in black and white only.

I visited his residence to find a grand modern home on top of a mountain with 341 degree views. The renovation, which was to include a new theater, had already begun but the all white exterior and interior seemed out of place. Then I saw the furniture and we realized their dream. A spectacular love-seat and couch seeming to be created by Dr. Seuss himself – set the tone. Every item in the home was required to be on the extreme sides of the monochromatic scale. Even his globe had white oceans & black continents. “Use no color” he said, “even grey is unacceptable.”

The bedroom and living room are outfitted with Bose 3-2-1 system with black stands. These small yet powerful systems have the right style plus built-in hard drives that allow up to 200 hours of music storage.

Lucky for us most electronics are available in black.

The living room and bedrooms were outfitted with Bose 3-2-1 system with black stands. These small yet powerful systems have had the right style plus built- in hard drives that allow up to 200 hours of music storage. The Dining room needed a serving table and also a place to house AV gear. We utilizing the skills of local master carpentry group, Square Peg, to hide the 2 speakers, subwoofer and components out of site. The rest of the rooms had appropriate HD LCD TVs mounted and tied into a Direct TV signal distributed throughout the home.

Speaker and component hidden in custom furniture.

Next put a 42″ Samsung LCD TV in the exercise room were they desired to workout with music or catch up on the news. Unfortunately, most TV speakers have neither the fidelity or volume needed to be heard over the noise of a treadmill. With no room left for components our options were limited. So a small Parasound Z amp was hidden behind the TV and 2 Artisan speakers were added to make music and videos more dynamic.

The game room was tricked out with shuffleboard, darts, pinball and a pool table. A TV with dynamic sound was needed here as well. However we did not have the space we had in the other rooms. So we used the Evo System to mount the TV and large Artisan speakers. This fantastic system also gave us the ability to hide all the wires and all the components behind the easy to remove panels.

None of this required much design. Just keep it black. Then we tackled the theater. Obviously rich hardwoods and red curtains were not going to fly. So our designs started to lean towards more angular deco designs. The ultra high contrast worked well with our modern take on the deco style. However, it also created some unwanted optical illusions of positive and negative space. So on the main screen wall we decided to create a black on black design using cloth and wood battens finished flat and high gloss. Thus giving texture and dimension with out having to go to shades of grey.

Two rows of seating were needed to accommodate family and friends. For exceptional comfort and style the Fortuny from Cineak was chosen.

The customer requested that the theater have hidden components and that the theater be THX ultra certified. A logical choice was the JBL Synthesis system. It is designed to be built in and has the power to impress anyone. So we design a ventilated stage under the screen that could hold all the components and both 12″ subwoofers. This 7.2 utilizes large in wall surrounds that were hidden in the acoustic panels. The left and right speakers were hidden in towers at the corners and the center channel was behind the Draper Onyx sound screen. With everything clean and hidden we used a MX3000 remote with radio frequency control to operate gear alone with lighting scenes from the Lutron Graphic Eye.

Ventilated stage under the screen holds the components and both 12″ subwoofers

This theater is THX ultra certified. A logical choice was the JBL Synthesis system.

The quality image he required was achieved by using a JVC DLA-HD10k projector. This unit comes with a DVDO scaler that makes even standard definition DVDs look excellent. The JVC creates a fantastic image but is rather large and is not the most quiet. So it was hidden in a soffit above the back row. All that can be seen is a small hole for the lens.

Two rows of seating were needed to accommodate family and friends. A riser was created with lighted steps for the second row. For exceptional comfort and style the Fortuny from Cineak was chosen. High grade white leather was chosen with wooded accents, black of course.

The final design element was the custom decorative columns. They break up the acoustic panels and give the signature deco look. They were designed with multiple layers of oak stained lacer black to show of the subtle grain of the wood. The fixture at the top appears to be lights but are actually polished alabaster stone attached with iron work. Directional ceiling lights illuminate the columns and the details of the wood and stone.