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Rob Fissmer heads up West Coast operations for Vitsoe, who produce Dieter Rams’ iconic furniture designs. He trained as an architect, dabbled in DJing and now juggles a busy job with the joys of fatherhood. He lives high in the hills above Los Angeles with wife Elise and his two young sons, Max and Sam.

 

For many people, parenthood means non-stop nursery rhymes and a tide of plastic toys, but Rob’s passion for sharp design and soulful music remains undimmed. Here, he tells us how listening out loud makes family time even more special.

If you knocked on Rob’s door around dinnertime, you might well find the whole family gathered in the kitchen – cooking and chatting, whilst three-year-old Max plays DJ.

“These days, I always let Max choose the music,” smiles Rob. “He loves being able to put a record on and have it beam throughout the house.”

“But then, he also loves pulling up the Sonos app and scrolling through all the tracks available. For some reason, he’s latched on to Daft Punk, probably because of the robot aesthetic. So now, it’s kind of our routine. We’ll be sitting around or cooking and he’ll want to listen to Daft Punk. That’s sort of a go-to now in our household.”

 

Rob Fissmer and family enjoy cooking with Sonos.

 

As someone who works from home, Rob has to make a conscious effort to switch off from his job, tear himself away from his laptop and sit down with his family for dinner.

As Rob points out, it’s a far cry from the days of “putting your music on really loud, so you can hear it in the rest of the space. Now it can be more intimate, instead of blasting from the back of the house.”

It’s not helped by the fact that his home doubles as Vitsœ’s West Coast showroom, where people can come see the company’s signature designs – like the ever-popular 606 Universal Shelving System – in situ.

And let’s face it. Who wouldn’t want a set-up as stylish as this one?

 

Rob Fissmer reading with Sonos.

 

Simple yet imposing, the 606 Shelving works perfectly within Rob and Elise’s home – a low-slung, light-filled space, designed by A. Quincy Jones as part of a utopian project in the 40s. Displayed are a disparate, but artfully arranged collection of objects – from glassware and ceramics, to thrift store finds and vintage hi-fi gear.

“My goal is to be a minimalist,” says Rob. “But my wife is sort of a maximalist. Our aesthetics don’t sound like they would play well together, but they do. I organise her chaos.”

When it comes to setting up his home sound system, he’s just as meticulous. This is a house that sounds every bit as gorgeous as it looks – with speakers in almost every room, including the boys’ bedrooms.

 

Sonos in the Fissmer boy's bedroom.

 

As Rob points out, it’s a far cry from the days of “putting your music on really loud, so you can hear it in the rest of the space. Now it can be more intimate, instead of blasting from the back of the house.”

Since kitting himself out with Sonos, he’s also noticed another, unexpected consequence. “It’s causing me to listen to way more vinyl than before, because of the magic of the little Connect box,” he says. “Max is really into going to the shelf and picking out his favorite-looking record to put on. It’s resuscitated the whole routine and I love that.”

New technology bringing life to old classics? It’s very much the Vitsoe way. And for Rob and his family, it makes home the perfect place to play.