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At a time when traveling abroad is not as easy as it normally would be, Samsung Global Newsroom is here to offer readers a glimpse into several spots around the world – right from their screens.


In recognition of The Serif’s leading design, which was inspired by the letter ‘I’ and is even featured in the TV’s frame, the compilation below features The Serif in nine houses in different countries with different interior designs as a testament to the lifestyle TV’s ability to fit any aesthetic.


Take a look at the infographic below for a closer look and some insight from local Samsung TV experts into how The Serif is able to fit harmoniously into any interior and elevate its users’ everyday spaces.





















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