Retractable Projectors and Drop-Down Screens St. John's NL
Retractable Projectors and Drop-Down Screens
November 3, 2003
The title Renaissance Man is best used sparingly. Appropriately reserved for rare individuals who possess the uncommon combination of knowledge, taste, style and culture, it aptly describes the entrepreneurial owner of this Tuscanesque villa in an upscale Orlando suburb—a home perfectly balanced in old-world grandeur and functional elegance.
Intricate moldings, hand-carved fireplaces, gold-leafed ceilings and a cache of world-class antiques establish a refined, elegant tableau throughout the 11,000-square-foot masterpiece. Nestled in an exclusive enclave on the Butler Chain of Lakes, the custom home is the permanent residence of a successful businessman, an architectural self-portrait of its multitalented owner.
This upstairs retreat serves as the game room/media room, and features a Pioneer rear-projection HDTV. (Click image to enlarge)
“Everything about this home speaks to the owner’s refined tastes—his fondness for European food, art and travel, and his affinity for relaxed, gracious entertaining,” says Senior Design Director Peter Ferwerda of Marc-Michaels Interior Design in Winter Park, Fla.; the firm provided complete interior design services with Senior Architectural Designer Shannan Puschmann Goforth. “The homeowner wanted a time-honored opulence balanced with informality, all assembled within a comfortable context.”
Because the home has countless gathering spaces, however, Ferwerda deviated a bit from the old-world theme in the more casual spaces, such as the billiard room and home theater, to create an element of surprise and interest.
“We took a clean-lined traditional tack with those areas to lighten them up,” Ferwerda says. The multifaceted theater honors the home’s refined sensibility and expert craftsmanship, yet has a relaxed tone that’s perfect for lounging alone and informal entertaining. “Our goal was to design a functional, flexible retreat that contains all the elements of a state-of-the-art home theater disguised in a very untheater-like setting,” Puschmann Goforth says.
Because the theater is just off the kitchen and family room on the home’s main floor, Ferwerda colored the space with a vibrant, organic palette of autumnal gold, tangerine and sage that complements the adjoining rooms’ hues. A combination of seating options, paired with exotic accent pieces, lends a comfortable and personal feel, while tactile wall coverings and sisal carpeting add an extra dimension of texture and warmth. Directly opposite the seating, a wall of custom-built maple cabinetry conceals most of the media components and displays collectibles; a retractable projector and drop-down screen are discreetly tucked within the trusses and ceiling above.
Screen Up: The home theater doubles as a casual space. For ordinary viewing, a 46-inch rear-projection TV provides the picture, and Atlantic Technology speakers built into the cabinet below provide the sound.