January 10, 2017
As the founder and CEO of Sonos, I am always trying to find leaders who are capable of taking Sonos to the next level. Part of that means assessing my own role. With Sonos now poised for a new phase of growth, I am excited to pass the role of Chief Executive Officer to a well-prepared Patrick Spence. Patrick demonstrated his leadership most recently with Sonos’ success during the holiday period, but more importantly, there isn't a person who better embodies Sonos’ values and culture.
Patrick Spence (left) and John MacFarlane
Patrick's leadership comes at a magical moment for Sonos. Music has made the transition to streaming. It took longer than we expected but it's fully here now,...
December 6, 2016
We’ve teamed up with Spotify to make it easier than ever to keep the music going strong. Now Spotify Premium users can control their Sonos straight from the Spotify app using Spotify Connect. Use all the features you love on Spotify: the curation, discovery, and sharing, and hear it all throughout your home in crystal clear sound. You can also access the multi-room power of the Sonos home sound system directly in the Spotify app. We’ve brought out the best of both worlds to give you the smartest and most seamless home sound system yet.
Bring the music home.
Hate missing the end of a track because you arrived back home before it finished? Spotify now lets you control your sound system...
November 16, 2016
Music, food and drink bring us together in a new tradition of friendship celebrations that are as important to us as family gatherings.
Who are your friends?
At first, it seems a simple question. But think again: when was the last time you saw your best friend? Who did you spend your weekend with? Who are the people you really care about and how do you stay close to them?
Science tells us we can maintain a network of up to 150 friends but that we, really, only could count our close friends at 15.
We maintain connections in their hundreds, sometimes thousands, on social media and our networks of “friends” are linked by likes and shares. We can go for months without a face to face...
October 25, 2016
Soul-shaking sound. Heart-pounding design. One-button setup. Just a few of the qualities that made the Sonos SUB such a welcome addition to the homes of music and home cinema lovers the world over.
As the new all-white version becomes available, we caught up with the folks behind the bass to find out what made the original SUB so special and what the refresh means for home design today:
“Once we decided that we were going to make a SUB, we were trying to tackle two problems,” explains Mieko Kusano, Senior Director of Product Management. “One – typical subs are just pretty ugly! Two – most are basically designed as large cubes making them very inflexible to place. We wanted...
October 13, 2016
We recently wrapped up London Design Festival at Sonos Studio, an event schedule packed with our friends from the creative world including Hole & Corner, It’s Nice That, PATTERNITY and MUBI.
Amongst those friends was rapper / art director Kieren Gallear AKA DELS, who spoke at our ‘Listening By Design’ event hosted by It’s Nice That. In his talk, he took us on a sonic journey through the listening habits of his day and discussed how the music inspires his creative output.
This week, DELS invited us into his North London home to show us how his two worlds as a both an art director and music artist merge and are influenced by what he listens to in his living space.
How much of...
September 23, 2016
Words by Thurston Moore
The cassette always had the hottest, most excited sound for my ears.
I love physicality in music production – the vibrating speaker in an amp-powered cabinet, bass throbbing and guitar shredding. Record player tonearms licking through the vinyl grooves of tiny, hilly mounds and valleys. The electromagnetic impulse feed flashing through the stylus and cartridge and coming manifest through the cosmos of soul static stereo speakers.
But cassettes are the best, ruling with moving parts, the fat ferrous oxide tape sliced into thin strips holding sonic information zapped off of magnetic heads, whipping, rolling like an automobile in sweet cruise gear....
September 22, 2016
Rough Trade did more than just survive the digital music revolution. They flourished. At a time when most of NYC’s veteran record shops were putting up “For Sale” signs, Rough Trade was building the biggest record store in the entire city: a 15,000 sq. foot warehouse stacked with thousands of vinyl records, books, complete with coffee shop, bar, performance space, and as of this week, a brand new Sonos-designed listening room.
What kind of mind does it take to keep a classic record shop thriving in the modern age? We sat down with Rough Trade store Co-Owner and Director, Stephen Godfroy to explore the vision that's made an independent mainstay stronger than ever.
September 20, 2016
PATTERNITY is the baby of art and interiors duo Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham. We joined forces with them at the London Design Festival and talked to Grace about the patterns that shape our homes, lives and listening habits.
You’re something of a unique entity! Tell us a bit about how PATTERNITY came to be?
Anna and I set up PATTERNITY because pattern is everywhere, from the mundane to the magnificent. We’re on a mission to inspire positive living through pattern research, design and experience.
Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham
What kind of influence can patterns have in shaping the rhythms of daily life at home?
There are so many unseen patterns that shape our daily...
September 12, 2016
We’ve got a packed line-up down at the studio for this year’s London Design Festival. Join us to celebrate home listening through design, interiors and maker culture:
Workshop: ‘Relaxed Fluidity’ with Hole & Corner – Sat 17th & Sun 18th September
Our favourite craft journal Hole & Corner hosts two maker workshops celebrating music’s role in inspiring a more creative home. You’ll be able to craft some unique art guided by a custom playlist soundtrack from furniture designer Yinka Ilori (Saturday) and ceramicist Stephanie Buttle (Sunday).
Register for Yinka Ilori Workshop
Register for Stephanie Buttle Workshop Talk: ‘Listening by Design’ with...
September 8, 2016
There's a lot going on at the Sonos flagship store. Come listen.
9/8 | GROUPLOVE Listening Session
Join the band for a rare pre-release premiere of their new album “Big Mess”. (6 - 8PM)
9/12 | The First Listen - How To Dress Well "Care"
Join Tom Krell (How To Dress Well) at the store for a first listen of his new album "Care" before it arrives Sept. 23 on Domino Records.
9/14 | The Big Quiet MediCircle
Get centered at 101 Greene St. as The Big Quiet hosts a guided meditation session. (8 - 10PM)
9/15 | Vinyl Me Please Happy Hour
Drinks on us. Soundtrack courtesy of our friends at Vinyl Me Please. (5 - 7PM)
9/26 | Brooklyn Craft Terrarium Workshop
September 7, 2016
“You gotta listen to this one song. It’ll change your life, I swear.”
When Natalie Portman’s manic pixie dreamgirl archetype dropped a knowledge bomb on a young Zach Braff in the form of The Shins, the moment represented way more than just an indie meet cute. In retrospect, it was a major sign of things to come: personalized song recommendations were gearing up to enter the mainstream. Half a year later, Braff’s Grammy-winning, platinum-selling compilation soundtrack for Garden State firmly established that a handpicked list of songs could be a legitimate musical form in its own right. And the modern playlist was born.
All of which sounds a little bizarre to our ears today. Was...
September 2, 2016
Is there a better place to be than Seattle? Not if you ask the folks that call it home. We recently had the pleasure of getting together with some of Seattle’s finest under one fantastically designed Airbnb pad. Music was of course pouring through every room all weekend (as was the wine). So as a souvenir, we asked some of these fabulous folks to share their soundtrack to Seattle, the tracks that inspire them daily and fill their home.
Sub Pop Records“Seattle is our home. It’s simply impossible to imagine Sub Pop existing anywhere else. The music from this region and the community that supports it is not only vital to our success, it’s what inspires us to keep doing...
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