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.
We are about to launch a new furniture line at the Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles June 20-22nd. This is by far the biggest and most ambitious thing we've done and it's going to mean a HUGE increase in the variety of pieces we offer.
The pieces we will be showing are all in production now, and we are excited to finally see our ideas become reality. It's been a long journey. Right now, it's just a pile of cut panels, but they are very precisely cut. The wood that's going into the pieces we'll be showing weighs over 1,400 lbs! We'll have a lot of updates coming soon, so stay tuned...
We just learned about Pritzger Prize-winner Hans Hollein's passing here.
I worked for him many years ago, during a summer when Vienna was home for me. It was a grungy office, but everyone there was super smart, with all the requisite design talent, and we were all multilingual as well. (We had five different words for "shit" in the room I worked in.) I worked on the Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art, as well as Hollein's competition entry for the Walt Disney concert hall in Los Angeles, which of course was won by Frank Gehry.
While I'm certainly not in love with everything Herr Professor (as he was referred to) Hollein did, his comment that "Everything is Architecture" has stuck with me. Stacy and I have never just designed one thing. Whether it's a garden, or a building, or a drawer pull, or a cabinet, or an urn for a loved one's remains, or a stereo speaker, or a table, or a restaurant, or a serving tray, or your office, or your home, it's all architecture on some level. We can put the same amount of rigor into designing any of them. Each piece is part of the fabric of our environment, and each contributes to it in some way, so each piece deserves our consideration. We like that attitude. Sometimes it fits between your fingers and sometimes it's all around you, with awe-inspiring scale. But it's all architecture.