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October 23, 2013

Home decor with built-in technology

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“The act of removing an album from its sleeve, cleaning and placing it on the turntable is interactive and physical. There is an undeniable charm to vinyl that’s more than just a fascination with the past,” said Blake Tovin, Symbol’s founder. (www.symbolaudio.com)

Designer Chris Cushingham of Brooklyn, N.Y., crafts his own version of the hi-fi console out of walnut and corrugated cardboard. He’ll also make you a custom one using your record player, audio gear and LP collection. (www.cushdesignstudio.com)

Bloomfield, Ct.-based Salamander Designs conceals high-performance loudspeakers in elegant cabinetry. The Chicago model is clad in striated black oak, evoking the prairie grass of the Midwest. There are versions in walnut, American cherry and high-gloss white lacquer. (www.salamanderdesigns.com)

Italian designer Edoardo Carlino’s spacy-looking Hi Can canopy bed incorporates a theater screen, integrated PC and game consoles, and built-in lights to create a self-contained bedroom/playroom. (www.hi-can.com)

Replace ceiling, floor or table lamps with IAV Lightspeaker’s wireless fixtures and run your music through them. You get lighting, surround sound and no expensive wiring to deal with. For rentals and vacation homes, there’s an outdoor version built into a faux rock you could put on a patio. (www.iavlightspeaker.com)

Kohler’s Moxie showerhead has a Bluetooth speaker attachment so you can sync radio or playlists for bathing music. Disengage the speaker and carry it to another room, or the beach. Colors include white, cherry red, navy and chartreuse. (www.uskohler.com)

Ready for entertaining? Just hit “party” on Lutron’s new Homeworks system. It sets the mood of a room with spotlights, dimmable overheads, music and thermostat settings. The company offers customized lighting options for a variety of moods and rooms. (www.lutron.com)

If you’d just like to disguise outlet and vent covers, check out Trufig’s marble, wallpaper, wood or concrete flush-mounted options, which make the connection disappear into the wall. (www.trufig.com)

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