This week, let's look at one element: our pull-out desk drawer. It tucks away nicely when not in use, but when inspiration strikes, it is there for you. We like to think it would be used to compose love letters. Or at least love emails, since it holds a laptop or keyboard perfectly and there is a gap at the back of the cabinet to fish the wiring through. If you listen to vinyl, it's a great place to keep a turntable, too. But please keep a love letter or two in there, too.
Sometimes good things come in small packages, so today we're keeping it simple: A bedside cabinet.
Asymmetry works well for books, lamps, electronic devices, glasses of water, sleeping pills, and all those other things we feel the need to keep near us. Our Mixi parts let you do this easily.
We like blue, too. Do you?
Two speakers - great sound! Five colors - great looks! Shall we put it in the living room, the dining room, or the bedroom? Hmmm....
For fun, we are going to be regularly posting new cabinets. So many combinations are possible. This one could work either in an office or a living room. Show what you want to show and hide what you need to hide. Credenzas are your friends!
Out of 400+ exhibitors displaying 2,000+ products, we are pleased to report that we won the Dwell on Design Award for Furniture for 2014!
We didn't see it coming. With all the work we've been doing, we probably can't see straight anyway. This is an honor, and we are super thrilled!
We want to thank everyone who has helped us get here, and to all of you for cheering us on. It means a lot to us. Cheers!
And now for the Piece de Resistance - the Watermark cabinet! This entire cabinet, made from our Mixi components, is finished to simulate an antique Turkish marbled paper from the inside of an old book binding. The drawer pulls are also custom made and finished to match the base. We hope you agree that the result is truly special!
Here is a nice example of the type of piece that can made using our new Mixi components.
It also features several of the accessories we will be offering. Starting on the left, we have a wine rack insert, made to fit into our standard boxes. No tools required! Next we have our audio speakers. After a number of iterations, we have a design that not only looks good by perfectly fitting our boxes, but that sounds great, too. Finally, we have seat cushions that fit perfectly both in and on our cabinets, so you can use it as a bench as well.
Walk in the door, have a seat, kick off your shoes, crank up your favorite tunes, and have a glass of wine. Life is good!
We are proud to say that our new furniture line - Mixi Modular - finally exists! Easily the most ambitious furniture line we've undertaken, this is a collection of "boxes" that can be mixed, matched, and combined in almost limitless ways. Handling almost any function, different combinations can create dressers, office file drawers, desks, media cabinets, bedside tables, console cabinets, and more. Available in different colors and wood species, as well as some truly innovative custom finishes.
We're calling the arrangement shown here "the Sampler," since it has examples of many of the boxes. Come see it at the Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles this week, booth 928, if you can. In addition, we are offering accessories such as wine racks, seat cushions, and audio speakers into the cabinets for seamless integration. We will be adding more details to our site as we can. There's a ton to say about it, so we'll probably do a little bit at a time.
When we unveil our new furniture line, you will be able to see it, touch it, hopefully not smell it, taste it only if you want to lick it, but also HEAR it!
The idea of integrating audio into furniture is not a new one, but frankly we haven't seen it done in a while. You could call us crazy for trying, and that may be accurate, but we're doing it anyway. We're getting help from our friend Iain and also from the very nice folks at Speakerworks, testing a number of different drivers, ports, crossovers and cabinet configurations. There is some engineering involved, but good sound also seems to depend on trial, error, voodoo, planetary alignment, doing the correct dance facing in the correct direction, and just plain luck. However, I am happy to say we are getting close.