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Planar Mosaic Video Wall Creates a Dynamic Platform for High-End Apartments

Friday, October 17, 2014


 

In the luxury apartment rental arena in the Chicago area, competition is fierce. One forward-thinking player in the market, M&R Development, is setting itself apart and increasing leasing interest by making pioneering use of video wall technology from Planar in its new 73 East Lake building located in the city's trendy Millennium Park area. Setting a uniquely vibrant tone and identity for the building is a Chicago first: a lobby installation of a Planar Mosaic Architectural Video Wall. Planar Mosaic is a new and dynamic platform with which a real estate entity such as M&R - or any entity for that matter - can differentiate itself, appeal more effectively to its target market, and portray itself as a technological leader. Read more.

No Dedicated Theater Room? No Problem with a Flex Theater

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Why doesn’t everyone have a theater?

With all the style, performance, and cost benefits of front projection, why doesn’t every home in the world have a theater as their primary entertainment display? First off, projection is seen as relatively complicated (as opposed to a buy - and - hang flat panel display, which is often a do-it-yourself project for the homeowner). This leads to people believing it to be wildly expensive, overly complex, or not even considering it as a possibility at all. Indeed, most people simply don’t think of front projection as a viable option when shopping for a “television.” The second reason is people associate projectors with dark, cave-like rooms that can only be used for movie watching. Sometimes space, room size, or ceiling height limitations can make homeowners believe that projection will never work for them. Once the homeowner considers projection, then the real work begins of making it work for their room.

 Flexible, Fashionable, and Impressive

One of the ways to beat the sun and create incredible visual experiences in the home is with a flex-theater. When you can’t dedicate the space or the budget for a dedicated home theater, a flexible design that accommodates multiple uses of a single space can be a perfect compromise. A projection system combined with modular furniture and lighting control can transform a living room into a theater back into an entertainment space with a simple tap on a touch screen.

We recommend a flex-theater that contemplates the viewing patterns, needs, decorating sensibilities, and budget of the homeowner and is tuned especially to their needs. One size does not have to fit all, as each projection solution can be unique. In order to do this, the room designer or installer must start with an assessment of the room itself.

 

Learn more about Flex Theaters with Runco’s Guide to Flex Theaters eBook.

Planar and Design Week Portland

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Planar is supporting the local chapter of the Society of Environment Graphic Design (SEGD) and Design Week Portland by sponsoring an exhibit in downtown Portland on October 7th. The event is entitled “Revolution in the Landscape: Re-experience Halprin’s Fountains.”

The tour of Lawrence Halprin’s Open Space Sequence begins at the Keller Fountain (SW 3rd and Clay) at 6:30 PM and extends through Pettygrove Park, Lovejoy Fountain, and the Source Fountain and is a free event for the design community in the region. We encourage people to engage with the community and look forward to more collaboration in the future.

Together with SEGD, Planar seeks to inspire designers who plan, design, and build experiences the connect people to place. To see examples of this in action, visit http://casestudies.planar.com/.

News & Events

Planar EP-Series 4K Wins 2014 Technology Integrator EXC!TE Award

03-Sep-2014 - The Planar® EP-Series™ line of 4K displays was announced as a 2014 EXC!TE Award Winner by Technology Integrator magazine, formerly CustomRetailer. Each year Technolog..... more ▶

Planar Honored with Product Awards at InfoComm 2014

26-Jun-2014 - Planar UltraRes Series and Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall System Recognized by Systems Contractor News and Digital Signage Magazine At InfoComm 2014, two of Planar's k..... more ▶

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