Slice of Living 2018
Embedding the viewing experience into day-to-day living
What do designers need to focus on? One of the keys is figuring out how to give TVs comfortable, natural spots to occupy in living spaces and “nestle” the devices into day-to-day life. That vision comes together in “Soft Minimalism”, a concept that fuses warm, welcoming shapes and textures with no-frill configurations to deepen the viewing experience.
Occupying the space between harmony and emphasis
When designers are looking at ways to harmonise TVs with living spaces, a piece of art can be an inspiration. Artwork and sculptures manage to function as natural inhabitants of the space despite incorporating attention-capturing visual attributes. Blending the elements “harmony” and “emphasis,” two seemingly incongruous characteristics, art fills spaces with unique tones that resonate with comfort and luxury. The “Soft Minimalism” concept centres on uniting the discreet and the noticeable into the look of a TV as an actual object.
Easy to be around: an important quality for people and TVs
If TVs could find that balance, people would have more configurations to choose from — and that freedom would help weave TVs further into the fabric of everyday life. To make that kind of intimacy a reality, a TV design needs to have warmth. A person who’s too detached and restrained might be difficult to feel comfortable around. The same goes for TVs: while minimalist designs might be vital in helping people immerse themselves in their viewing experiences, there's a risk of making the designs feel a bit cold and inorganic if the minimalist agenda is pushed too hard.
That’s the basic premise behind the themes of “Soft Minimalism,” an approach that uses gentle detailing, engaging materials and textures, and warm hues, to take the chill off a minimalist configuration. The result? A TV that wows when it’s on, eliminating extraneous elements to maximise the power of the visual experience, while residing comfortably in its environment when it’s off, harmonising with the space like a piece of artwork. We live in an age where simplicity and comfort are more important than ever. Emerging from that context, the “Soft Minimalism” concept shapes a new embodiment of what a TV can be.
Minimalism styled with softness
The A9F, with its OLED display, represents a masterful fusion of the viewing and listening experience. And all this condensed into a single slate—the screen, with only a stand in the back to hold it up. The actuator and subwoofer are placed inside the stand. Its shape and materials are imbued with softness, with a rounded bezel and fabric-covered rear panel. These characteristics allow the A9F to exude an emphatic visual presence, while also blending into its surroundings.
Texture that quietly evokes function
The Z9F, with its ultra-high image quality, is a creator’s dream. The bezel has a black, speckled finish like that of a DSLR camera, that’s resistant to nicks and scrapes, and stands out against the metallic look of the rest of the TV. The minimalistic look extends to the stands, which are simply moulded in aluminium. Characterised by a natural elegance, the Z9F feels like a piece of art.
This BRAVIA OLED TV features a minimal two-panel structure with one for the stand and one for the screen. By rounding the edges of the panels, the team accentuated the design’s sleek configuration to create a lighter, airier feel.