Listening rooms are a place to zone out to vinyl, crank pop tunes or play an instrument, allowing for creativity in a dedicated space.
They can be turned up to full volume with design elements that combine the best of nostalgia and modernity. Here are design-forward elements music snobs and casual listeners alike will love.
Paseo Carved Wood Media Console ($1,799)
An exclusive by Kravitz Design for CB2 (yes, Kravitz, as in Lenny), this wood console features African inspired linework that really pops. Made from FSC-certified white oak that’s stained in multiple tones to give dimension including ebonized black and dark walnut, its accents are hand-routed and hand-painted for an artisan look. Two doors, two drawers and a cord opening make this the perfect piece to center a room around.
Atlanta-based artist Faye Bell wanted her Discotheque fabric collection to evoke vintage allure and futuristic vibes simultaneously. Available in groovy colors such as avocado, harvest and evergreen, its lines and loops mimic the patterns found in sheet music. Minimum orders are 5 yards with a lead time of six to eight weeks, but rush orders are available for those who can’t wait.
The convenience of Bluetooth is paramount for music lovers who want to listen the modern way, and this portable speaker from Balmuda ups the ante with a dazzling display. Three vacuum tubes contain LED lights that synchronize with the music as it flows through the speaker. With superb, three-dimensional, clear and crisp sound and a sleek design, this is a speaker that brings together beauty and audio clarity for music lovers.
Crate & Barrel
Made in North Carolina, the Callan chair represents the best of Room & Board’s classic style with a midcentury modern twist. A contoured seat and back provide comfort, while channeled fabric adds a vintage feel. Available in more than 240 fabric options spanning the color wheel, it also has three wood finishes from which to choose, and shoppers can add on a matching ottoman.
Room & Board
The Orbit Special Turntable by U-Turn Audio boasts a stunning walnut base, perfect for a touch of midcentury flair. It includes an award-winning Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, known for delivering a vibrant and immersive audio experience. The sleek acrylic platter adds style and contributes to improved speed and playback quality. Audiophiles will appreciate the turntable’s retro aesthetics and impressive performance. Also available in birch and can be purchased with or without a preamp.
STORY: Lauren Finney Harden
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