Welcome to HB Obsessed, where our editors highlight the exceptional products they love. Today, it is the Samsung television which is an integral part of the houses of high design.
Let’s face it: most televisions are ugly. And for decades very little has been done to change this, with manufacturers releasing increasingly larger versions of the big black plastic box. So it was no surprise that when Samsung finally broke away from the TV marketing pack and started watching TV through the lens of well-designed spaces, it was a huge hit with the design community. The Frame revolutionized what a television could be when not in use. This television, which at the time came with four bezel (or “frame”) options and countless virtual carpet options for any singular work of art, has become a mainstay in high-design homes. Now living rooms could quickly transition from hosting a dinner party to the media room, and rooms where couples argued if a TV even belonged in that space were suddenly havens of peace.
Since then, this deceptive piece of art / media hub within the house has allowed couples, design enthusiasts and wall lovers to have both the beauty of art and the art of design. ultra high definition viewing. If you are a Beautiful house reader, you’ve seen them in April Tomlin’s kitchen and in a bedroom designed by Jean Liu (though you’d be forgiven for mistaking them for framed art). Samsung’s extensive collection of exhibits from museums and galleries around the world has allowed Frame users to constantly update their “collection” to reflect their mood or current tastes. Now the television is even better.
The Frame’s 2021 iteration is significantly thinner than the previous model and offers much more surprising bezel color combinations. While these add-ons – just like a normal frame for a piece of art – don’t come cheap, it’s nice to have the ability to change your mind (and therefore color) over time. With sizes ranging from 43 “to 75”, you can go from a small gallery wall in a guest bedroom to a statement piece in the living room. Smaller sizes can now even be hung vertically to fit into your wall design.
Samsung also wants to improve our life at WFH and keep our bodies toned. You can turn the TV into your own Zoom / Meetings screen by giving yourself a much needed break from the computer screen. On the health front, Samsung Health is a free service with your smart TV that features routines to help you stay in shape from fitness experts like Jillian Michaels and brands like Echelon. Adding a simple camera even allows the TV to track your movements, giving you happy or sad faces depending on your shape.
Plus, all of the best parts of the original frame still apply. The light-sensitive art display mimics the light in this room so that it feels connected to the rest of the art (instead of looking like a bright tech screen). And when The Frame doesn’t detect any movement, the screen turns off. Your own art can also be transformed with built-in filters to make it gallery-worthy and all displayed art can be shown with a variety of rug options to really enhance the feel of an art wall.
Samsung also just introduced a new accessory, called MyShelf, which frames The Frame in a shelf to showcase other items and collectibles around your home, turning your TV into a three-dimensional art display.
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