OmniMount’s latest TV mount, the OmniElite In-Wall Mount, has a super low profile. So much so that it actually gets recessed in the wall. The hidden design is so clever that it seemed appropriate to share more about the inspiration behind its creation.
Meet Mike Murphy and George Runger, two of the OmniMount designers that worked on the OE120IW. They saw a need in the marketplace and developed just the right solution.
What fueled the creation of the already award-winning OE120IW?
GR: The desire for a truly ultra-low profile mount that doesn’t have the issues that one would normally associate with such a low profile. Such as assembling a variety of ad-hock parts or not having access to cable connections.
What’s your favorite part of the design?
GR: The completeness. We made provisions for every detail of the installation and use. The mount is extremely flush to the wall. The profile is literally limited by the height of a standard lag bolt head, but can also be pulled out to aid in cable connections or to pan the TV to view from a remote location. Cables are routed and secured all the way from the VESA plate until they are inside of the wall box, via integrated cable channels in the mount arms. The inside of the box has provisions for power connections and cable routing through the wall. It works with OmniMount’s OPK2 in-wall power kit. You can even take it to the next level with a keystone style wall plate that can be mounted to the inside of the wall box.
MM: There are so many decisions that drive the design process. Ultimately, the goal is to make a product that’s accessible and meets a consumer need. I like that we are doing so in a way that the OE120IW achieves a look that is compact and clean. It makes holding and moving a 120 pound TV look easy. I think George said it best, it is that ‘complete solution.’
What factors influenced the aesthetic design?
GR: Mike had a pretty clear vision for the arms. He wanted something polished and high-end that still put performance and strength at the forefront. Fitting everything between 16” on-center studs was the biggest challenge. It sounds like a lot of space, but it is used up very quickly when working on a left/right symmetrical mount.
MM: At the first stage, since the mount is part of the OmniElite Series of products, we focused on simplicity and quality materials. We also spent time looking at industry trends, so the aesthetic of the product is complimentary to current consumer electronics. In particular thin flat panels and theater components, as well as broader design influences. My wife is an interior designer and she’ll tell you firsthand the importance of style, so I also wanted to create a mount that would fit into a space and complement the technology and décor that surrounds it. This included narrowing the appearance of form when it comes to proportions by introducing faceting and some other subtle cues. The trick is to be mindful that the product needs to exude confidence. We wanted the design to reflect beauty and strength so people trust it to hold their expensive TV.
Who can benefit the most from this product?
GR: Surprisingly enough I’m not going to say “everyone.” The OE120IW is for the most discriminating customer. They will know everything has a place inside the wall mounted box even though they cannot see it during day to day use.
MM: We have respect for someone rolling up their sleeves and making improvements to their lifestyle at home. Our hope is that both professional installers and do-it-yourselfers will find all the considerations of the product true to their needs.
Curious if the OE120IW will work for your in-wall installation? Visit the product page or call OmniMount customer care at 800.MOUNT IT.