PLAYBAR or PLAYBASE: Choose your fit

PLAYBAR or PLAYBASE: Choose Your Fit

First came our PLAYBAR, the ideal partner for wall-mounted TVs. And now, we’ve launched our brand new PLAYBASE, designed to sit directly beneath your TV set and bring amazing sound to any room. Both look sleek, sound amazing and give you cinema sound in your very own living room. So what differentiates the two speakers? How do they stack up on features, sound and design? And most importantly, which one’s the right fit for you? Read on to get the lowdown…Packed with great features Both…

Illustrator Anna Eisenhauer talks hip-hop, creative methods, and playing music out loud.

Illustrator Anna Eisenhauer talks hip-hop, creative methods, and playing music out loud.

Our visit to Anna Eisenhauer’s home marks the beginning of a special collaboration between Freunde von Freunden and Sonos. We’re on a mission to celebrate the joy of listening out loud, waking up the silent home, and inspiring creativity in every facet of our lives.    Anna, better known as “Anna T-Iron”, is gaining recognition for her hand-lettering, illustrations, typography design, and logos. Based in Hamburg, she deftly handles a steady stream of work, from developing corporate identities to painting murals in public spaces. "There wasn’t a lot to choose from: you were either into hip-hop or techno, and I was more into hip-hop than everything else." Though her accent is…

Rob Fissmer talks style, speakers and the soundtrack to family life

Rob Fissmer talks style, speakers and the soundtrack to family life

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…

We caught up with “the furniture pimp” Jim Walrod to talk living, listening and what makes his Chinatown space a very soulful space indeed.

“Furniture Pimp” Jim Walrod talks music waking up his home

At Sonos, we’re on a mission. We want people to switch off from work, stow away their laptops and celebrate the joy of listening out loud. It’s what we call 'waking up the silent home’ – and designer Jim Walrod is all for it.   Jim is the man behind some of the world’s most iconic and extravagant interiors – from hotels and nightclubs, to rockstars' pads and billionaires' playgrounds. So it might come as a surprise that his own apartment lies on a blue-collar block in New York’s Chinatown, entered through a hardware store and up three steep flights of stairs. Inside, however, the appeal of the place is obvious. Vast windows. Soaring ceilings. And 2,000 square feet of space in which to…

SONOS x KBH: FURNITURE WITH SOUND DESIGN

SONOS x KBH: Furniture with Sound Design

Are you sitting comfortably? Chances are you aren’t sitting at all. Technology’s changed the way we read, the way we live and – of course – the way we listen. But it also has a habit of taking center stage at home when we’d really rather spend time doing what matters. Enjoying the music. From removing the need for that RCA jungle to designing sub woofers that don’t need hiding out of view, we’re on a bit of a quest to help us all listen better and live a simpler, less cluttered life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgOJ9WOh95c It’s this mission that’s opened a lot of doors to working with folks that share the same values. Stripping back to the bare essentials to make the basics sing. That’s…

Mark Chamberlain

Mark Chamberlain: Home Glamour Revolutionary

Over the past decade there’s been a quiet revolution in the way people decorate their homes, as conservative tastes handed down from mid-century modernism have given way to an explosion of vibrant colors, patterns and textures. Mark Chamberlain has had a front row perspective on the whole thing, not only as an in-demand designer and painter specializing in vividly patterned floors and walls, but as a blogger who – for eight years – maintained a column on Apartment Therapy where he urged homeowners to take more risks with the way they treat their spaces.Chamberlain has a BFA in art as well as a fine art career, but he’s never thought of interior design as something less than worthy of the…

DELS drawing with SONOS

At Home With: DELS

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 your…

Healthy Habits Of Home: Music, patterns and the art of de-clutter

Healthy Habits Of Home: Music, patterns and the art of de-clutter

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 lives…

Ask a Designer: Homepolish

Ask A Designer: Music + Home Design

Homepolish was created with one mission: update interior design for the way people actually live today. While teaming up with Homepolish in Seattle, we linked with designer Lindsay Pincus to hear her thoughts on how music and listening affect her approach to design. Design by Lindsday Pincus of Homepolish Tell us about your design process. How does music and sound fit in? When I’m seeking inspiration for a new design project, I almost always connect the design concept to a song that I play on repeat. For this project I used Radiohead’s new song ‘Daydreaming’. I’ll also channel the client’s favorite artists and seek to reflect their musical interests through furniture and…

BETTER TOGETHER: HOME DESIGN FOR LISTENING

Better Together: Home Design for Listening

Design by Mystery Made Home design and home listening were born to team up. Either one is perfectly nice on its own, but it’s when you combine the two that you can really start to transform the mood of your home.  We linked with the sweet minds at Homepolish to get some quick tips from an pro interior designer on how to refine any space for a better listening experience. Homepolish designer Tali Roth breaks it down: Sofa is Key “Everyone uses music in different ways. Some love having it in the background no matter what they’re doing, some use it for entertaining, some while cooking and some use it to relax and unwind on the sofa. My favorite relax and unwind sofa is ‘The…

A Father’s Love, Shared Out Loud

A Father’s Love, Shared Out Loud

Father’s Day This coming Father’s Day is the first since my dad passed. No card to buy, no kisses and hugs, no chance to cook Sunday lunch for the old man and share a glass or two of wine. Long after the music stops, the memories play on. In honor of Father’s Day, Sonos Sound Experience Leader Giles Martin writes on the musical bond he shared with his father, legendary record producer sir George Martin. So is this a reason to be sad? Yes, perhaps it is… Then I remember earlier this year, sitting on my father’s bed. As he lay there, very ill, I held his hand and a tear rolled down my cheek. “Why are you crying?” asked Dad. “Because I’m going to miss you.” “I’m not dead yet,” said…

Create Your #HomeStadium for the Summer of Sport

Create Your #HomeStadium for the Summer of Sport

  What a summer we have to look forward to. From the European Cup in France to the Olympics in Rio, the Tour De France to Wimbledon, we’re spoilt for choice. Besides music, there are few things that can get you as fired up as cheering for your team. And whilst we’re not all lucky enough to be a part of the crowd at St. Jakob-Park or Maracanã, you can still soak up every moment with the people you really care about in your own #homestadium. Of course you can watch sport alone, but with a crowd of friends cheering for the same team, the experience becomes something else entirely. It turns two hours on the sofa into a party. Who do you turn to as the keeper edges a penalty in the dying…