Side by Side, step by step
“We are advised that the ideal viewing level to avoid eye muscle and neck muscle strain is at normal seated eye level or lower,” Subritzky says. As a direct response to this problem, they developed the Side by Side unit.
“The Side by Side unit was designed to harmonise with a Stovax Studio 2 clean air approved wood fire – it is nicely combined so that the major entertainment appliances are all contained in a centralised unit,” he adds.
“It is simply a very logical solution that ensures one’s eye level is in harmony with a normal head stance when sitting and viewing a TV screen.”
While this might not be a retroactive move for your lounge, it is certainly one to take on board for home owners, designers and architects that are working on new living spaces. Creating room for both centrepieces of a lounge without the long-term ill impacts on neck muscles should be an important consideration.
Bring it all together
The Fireplace haven’t just snapped their fingers and conjured this out of thin air, either. They spoke to an orthopaedic surgeon, developed the design with their in-house CAD specialist and released the Side by Side to the public. It was met with such a good initial response that it is now an official extension to their Stovax Studio 2 products.
By bringing all of your entertainment for the living room into one unit, you create a centralised hub for your enjoyment. Being able to couple this with a design that doesn’t strain your neck isn’t something everyone has room to do – but for those that can, it’s well worth a look.
Anyone creating a living space should consider the strain repetitive elevation of the head can do, and design the space accordingly. Side by Side aims to facilitate this.