When we first started imagining the space in the Sonos flagship store, we knew there was no way we could limit ourselves to just one design approach.

 

We wanted the in-store listening experience to be 100% true to the home experience—since every home looks and feels so different. Our solution for this was to design each of the store’s listening rooms to represent multiple styles of a home into one compact space.

With NYC Design Month upon us, we decided to throw a celebration in honor of home design—so we dressed up our listening pods for a party. We teamed up with Sight Unseen to take over the rooms for a one-night-only transformation, giving us a unique window into the design philosophies and musical preferences of five of America’s most exciting young designers. Look and listen below…

 

Room 1:  Confetti System

 

CONFETTISYSTEM is Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho, a duo working as artists, stylists, and designers. A friendship born from their shared love of communal celebration and craft-making has brought them together to create a new system.

 

“A lot of our work is inspired by the architecture of tropical plants, so the vines are a mix of our favorite materials and natural forms. I’m from Hawaii, and the pod was giving me a tropical vibe. I thought our disco-palm-vine pieces would push that feeling over-the-top. We tried to match the playlist to the energy of the installation—tracks that glisten, flash and blink—the ones that make you dance.”

 

Room 2: Chen Chen and Kai Williams

 

Chen Chen & Kai Williams is a New York-based design studio working in furniture, products, interiors and mixed materials.

 

“Working on the Sonos design was interesting because we knew all of the other design teams.  So while we were designing for own space, we were also designing against all the other spaces.   We were inspired to make a two-part cocktail after seeing the Sonos commercial “face off” where colored “sounds” of several rooms blended together.  Using yellow and blue components, we mixed them to make a green rum punch.”

“We chose most of the songs on the playlist to be different than the songs chosen by our fellow designers. We played a lot of late ‘90s dance music. If it’s going to be a party, it needs to have dance music.”

 

Room 3: Danny Gianella and Tammer Hijazi of Bower

 

Bower is a New York City based studio with a multidisciplinary approach to contemporary furniture and product design. Through a free, experimental process, the intent of Bower's work is to bring unique and unexpected objects into people's lives.

 

“We designed our pod around our playlist. Winter is over, it’s warming up, so we felt like celebrating with summery reggae vibes. To complement the island jams, we decked out our space with green vines flowing down from the walls. The centerpiece was a cylindrical structure made from long shimmery green tinsel and vines. Visitors could enter to fully immerse themselves in the vortex of the irie tropical storm.”

 

Room 4: Drew Seskunas and Charles Constantine of the Principles

 

Established in 2012, The Principals are an experimental design studio balancing utility with a universal sense of wonder. The studio's focus ranges from the very small to the very big, always with the ultimate ambition of expanding our understanding of the world and fostering deeper connections with our environment.

 

“We both grew up together in the suburbs of Baltimore, throwing parties in the basement of our parents’ houses when they were away, and we remember that as a really fun, carefree time in our lives. Beer pong was always a central focus to those parties, so we thought it would be fun to relocate that feeling from suburban Baltimore to this high-design store in one of the most expensive shopping areas in the world (SoHo).”

“The primary object was a zinc-metallized beer pong table standing on a laser cut folded aluminum base, but we also designed a special trophy for the winner of the beer pong tournament out of 2-way mirror and glow-in-the-dark concrete. Then we added some black lights and black light posters to get the late ‘90s high school vibe just right.”

“Most of the songs are pretty embarrassing songs we actually listened to in high school. A lot of music and styles from the ‘90s have begun to re-emerge and are cool again—these songs for the most part have not.”

 

Room 5: Linyee Yuan of MOLD and Jean Lee of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

 

MOLD is an editorial platform about designing the future of food. Through in-depth, original reporting and a distinct vision for how design can transform our food futures, our editors cover innovative ideas emerging from the world of food design and technology.

 

“We wanted to present a fun, interactive and elevated take on edible arrangements—those “fruit bouquets” that are a staple of suburban gift baskets. We created little edible sculptures to fit the scale of the Sonos house and wanted to use the rows of shelves and the ombre wallpaper to showcase all the fun sculptures. The size of the sculptures invited people to engage and interact with the pieces on a more intimate level. ”

 

Ladies & Gentlemen Studio is a bi-coastal based design studio operating between Seattle and Brooklyn embracing the best of both coasts. L&G Studio's aesthetic and design philosophy is about complementary opposites with an unexpected balance of warm minimalism, playful austerity, and simple sophistication.

 

“For our soundtrack we wanted a “ladies first” playlist that had all our favorite dance jam divas: Whitney, Mary J., Mariah, Missy, Paula, Lauryn, Beyonce and Janet.”

 


Plan a visit to the Sonos store to consider your own personalized listening experience and find further inspiration.

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