Lonny Trials: The Most Versatile Canvas For Your Collection
A digital frame that can change as quickly as your mood.
In a sightly combination of art and technology, Meural found a way to democratize art collecting by way of digital display. The poster-sized frame, which is available in black, white, and walnut, offers over 10,000 options of artworks to choose from and can be controlled by sensory motion or from their app. In other words, you can literally change your home's art based on your mood.
I've always been interested in art, and I tend to grow fond of vibrant, modern pieces that for one reason or another hit a certain soft spot. I love Frank Stella hues and Keith Haring lines, which tend to clash when in the same room.
Naturally, Meural appealed to me because of its ability to showcase bold pieces for short periods of time. Upon receiving Meural's masterpiece, I was surprised by how big this frame really is (29.5" x 19.2" to be exact). Large enough to fill the space above a bed or mantel, the canvas can complete a room all on its own. I tested the walnut frame, which is genuine and sleek. I also appreciated the matte finish for the sake of glare resistance.
Now for the technicalities. The instructions included are clear and thorough, mapping out how to connect the canvas to WiFi and navigating through the Meural app. This process includes using sensory motion to get started. While I appreciate the state-of-the-art capabilities of the frame, I did find it frustrating when it occasionally couldn't pick up my hand motions. Perhaps it takes time to learn how and where exactly the motion sensor reads movement, nonetheless, this part didn't come naturally. Aside from the movement aspect, syncing the canvas to the user platform is relatively straightforward.
Once the canvas is connected, you're able to search through the app to find what artwork suits your current ~feeling~. The app sorts works by contemporary, landscape, renaissance, street art, and much more. Although I'm usually drawn to the modern category, I had to test drive everything. Meural even offers works from Condé Nast archives and 1x, the world's largest curated online photo gallery. In short, one could spend hours taking a deep dive into the Meural app. There's also a search bar and a "My Studio" section, which allows you to curate your own playlist of artworks. Yes, a PLAYLIST of art. Meaning, one could make visual playlist to go with music, curating a custom, creative experience to perfectly accompany the space. To me, this is the second most exciting part of Meural (the first is the array of options).
If you're on the fence about a digital frame (let's face the elephant in the room, they exist in some not-so-pretty forms), Meural's take on the tech-driven canvas is taking a step forward in redefining digital art. The company was incubated out of an artist collective in the Lower East Side, and while Meural considers themselves a tech company, their background and foundation in the arts lends itself to elegant and efficient design. Plus, how could we not be enticed by the idea of a canvas that can change as quickly as our minds to? Buyer's remorse, be gone. The visual possibilities are endless.
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