Mac Setup: A Gorgeously Minimalist Apple Household

Oct 11, 2014 - 24 Comments

Wall mounted TV with Mac Mini media center

This weeks featured Mac setup comes to us from Adam J., whose Apple hardware spans multiple rooms, offering a gorgeous combination of minimalism and functionality. Let’s jump right in and learn a bit more about this beautiful setup:

Tell us a bit about your Apple setup and why you chose it?

In short… I love tech, and Apple makes really nice tech. My setup was installed with a minimalistic, yet practical focus (hiding cables, dedicated power points, and behind-wall cable routing, etc). The iMac sits on stainless steel floating shelf, and the keyboard stand is a fully adjustable articulating arm (both the shelf and arm are spaced and secured to the exterior wall – yes, I’m the king of over-engineering). Both the Mac Mini and Apple TV are attached to televisions that are wall mounted, one is in the lounge, and the other is located in the bedroom.

What hardware makes up this Apple setup?

In the lounge:

  • iMac 27″, 3.4GHz Core i7 CPU, 32GB RAM – this Mac does the heavy lifting
  • Mac Mini, 2.3GHZ, 8GB RAM – the Mini is connected to a wall mounted TV and the stereo system
  • 55″ Sony Bravia LED TV
  • Hidden 5.1 surround sound for media playback from the Mac Mini
  • AirPort Extreme Base Station – with attached storage providing for wireless backups for all devices

The iMac workstation:

Minimalist iMac wall workstation with articulated shelf

The wall mounted TV with Mac Mini:

Wall mounted TV with Mac Mini media center

In the bedroom:

  • Apple TV – connected to a wall mounted TV, this makes staying in bed even easier 😊

A wall mounted flat screen TV with Apple TV

What do you use your Apple gear for?

My primary usage of the Macs are photo and video editing, web design, gaming, media playback, and a bit of everything else.

Is there an app that you use most often or recommend?

Aside from the usual core Mac app suite, I use Divvy, I find it essential for taking control of your workspace.

The Mac Mini uses Plex for media management and playback.

iMac with articulated keyboard shelf

Editor note: For those interested in setting up a similar Mac Mini media center, you can learn how to setup a Mac media center with Plex here. It’s also worth pointing out that almost any Mac can connect to a TV these days, though you will need a proper video adapter and a HDMI cable. Of course, getting a similar degree of beautiful minimalism as shown in this great setup requires quite a bit more effort!

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You can also browse through the many Mac setups featured from before, there are a lot of great workstations out there to be inspired by!

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24 Comments

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  1. Greg says:

    Jaw, meet floor.

    Seriously, that wall mounted TV and Mac Mini in the living room. Wow, I want THAT. It looks like a showroom!

    Any idea what model TV that is and the brand of mount? Looks like a 50″ Samsung LED? Share if you can.

    Incredible mounting of the TV it’s remarkably flush, usually they stick out quite a bit and look, well, not that great, this one looks amazing. And the cords are completely hidden, are they thread through the wall?

    A+++ Absolutely gorgeous setup, very modern. Makes me want to re-do my family room!

  2. RobertX says:

    Pretty sweet. Like the minimalism.

  3. Berty qwerty says:

    Drool!

  4. Patrick M says:

    Divvy is nice, however I really like BetterSnapTool. I use it on all four of my Macs

  5. Adam J says:

    Hi guys. Thanks for the comments.
    FYI, the lounge tv is a 55″ Sony Bravia (kdl-55829).
    Yes, wiring is hidden behind wall in cases…a good bit more work but well worth it.

  6. Shilo Watts says:

    What games can you play on that?

  7. MHFixxxer says:

    how is your apple tv mounted behind the tv? special bracket? velcro? do you have any IR issues with the remote?

  8. Patrick M says:

    All that lovely technology, then I saw the home phone :P

  9. Elmtube says:

    Jaw drop until I noticed the og home phone, the dinosaur in the room

  10. Greg says:

    What is the bedroom TV? Any tips on how to flush mount the LED like that?

  11. Anonymous says:

    How do you turn your AirPort Extreme into a wireless backup tool? Is it a simple matter of attaching external HDDs to it and then using Time Machine as usual?

  12. Eddie Lomax says:

    That’s fantastic ! Really like how it’s clear and minimalistic. Thumbs UP!

  13. Eric says:

    What speaker set up is that in the living room? I like their small foot print. How is the sound from them?

  14. Mike says:

    The iMac workstation looks like a surgical ward in solitary confinement, somewhere behind the Iron Curtain.

  15. Tim says:

    This has been posted before.

  16. Leslie says:

    Nice set up… gives me some definite ideas for my next place….
    I work on my I-Mac everyday in web design school, so I do like some apple products. Plus, I love interior design too. I love the minimalistic features of your set up.

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