Be careful how you light this multimedia fireplace

Vok combines an LCD TV, DVD player, PC, and Bose sound system directly above the hearth.

Vok

Interior designers have been doing their best to meld home media equipment and the fireplace, but to date most of the results have ranged from the awkward to the absurd--unless it happens to be in the back seat of a Hummer, of course.

But Germany's Vok may have changed all that, for it has had the audacity of combining an LCD TV, DVD player, PC, and Bose sound system directly above the hearth. Trendir says the entire apparatus--which can be made to order in oak, birch, or rosewood--comes in four sizes ranging from $23,800 to $31,500, accommodating screens up to 52 inches.

It's missing only one element that would make it the ultimate entertainment experience: a bar, naturally.

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