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...

Causes and Conditions of The Silent Home

Causes and Conditions of The Silent Home

A Silent Home is a place where the absence of music exacerbates the stress and pressures of modern life. A home where people live side-by-side but not together. It is a problem that affects more than two thirds of our homes. Last year, we conducted an experiment to see if listening to music out loud at home could affect relationships. We showed that homes filled with music were happier, closer, more loving. So with such powerful benefits, why aren’t we all listening to more music together, why isn’t every home filled with music? ...

The Next Generation of Sonos Leadership

The Next Generation of Sonos Leadership

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,...

FEATURED PLAYLIST: Chef’s Top Choices

FEATURED PLAYLIST: Chef’s Top Choices

Along with creating what might have been the world’s most epic potluck dinner, we asked the top chefs in our Mind of a Chef Music Special to put together their ideal dinner party playlist. Just like their cooking, each one is a perfect reflection of the individual chef’s background, taste and personality. Read on to hear their selections and get inspired to create a Playlist Potluck of your own.April Bloomfield “I remember this van my dad used to call Chug-a-Boom. Me and my sisters used to sit in the back and I remember hearing ‘Under the Ivy’ by Kate Bush. I could listen back to that track and it just makes me take stock.” Chef April Bloomfield built her name on bringing the...

Share Food. Share Music. Introducing Sonos Playlist Potluck.

Share Food. Share Music. Introducing Sonos & Spotify Playlist Potluck.

POTLUCK /pätˈlək/ noun North American: A meal or party to which each of the guests contributes a dish. PLAYLIST /plāˌlist/ noun A list of songs to soundtrack a mood or event. PLAYLIST POTLUCK /plāˌlist pätˈlək/ noun A collaborative dinner party where each guest brings a unique dish and music to share. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sCPyGj9rNE&feature=youtu.be One of the most vital ingredients to a successful dinner party is the music – whether it be the topic of conversation, an ice-breaker with a stranger, or the soundtrack to your event. With streaming music becoming more and more popular every year, playlists are becoming the preferred way to curate our social gatherings....

The London Sonos Studio

The London Design Festival at Sonos Studio

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 Events at 101 Greene St.

September Events at 101 Greene St.

There's a lot going on at the Sonos flagship store. Come listen. WEEK TWO 9/8 | GROUPLOVE Listening Session Join the band for a rare pre-release premiere of their new album “Big Mess”. (6 - 8PM)  WEEK THREE 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) WEEK FOUR 9/26 | Brooklyn Craft Terrarium Workshop Come...

Sounds of Seattle

Sounds of Seattle

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...

Soundtracks to the City: New York

Soundtracks to the City: New York

To celebrate the arrival of the Sonos flagship store in Soho, we asked some of NY’s finest to share their personal soundtracks to the city. Listen out loud: THURSTON MOORE Thurston Moore & Walter SchreifelsRAKIM Rakim “I don’t like to keep it [the music] in my ears for too long myself. It feels like it cuts everything else off. When you listen to music on speakers, you can enjoy it, you can think about it. It might be a memory, might be a moment. Might be something going on.” – RakimEL – P Miss Info & El PNANCY WHANG Nancy Whang & Doris“For me, enjoying music means being in a space, and hearing it around me. Listening to music on...

August Events at 101 Greene St.

August Events at 101 Greene St.

There’s a lot going on at the Sonos flagship store in August. Come listen.     Check out our partners: FRANKEL’S DELICATESSENFACTORY FLOOR JUXTAPOZ MAGAZINE GLASS ANIMALS 

Hi Bandcamp. Welcome to SONOS.

Hi Bandcamp. Welcome to Sonos.

There’s a new arrival in the Sonos streaming family. And we’re especially stoked about this one coming home. Bandcamp is a global community of hundreds of thousands of artists and the fans who directly support them. This artist-first platform is now a permanent part of the Sonos experience. There’s plenty of reasons to be hyped for what Bandcamp brings to music lovers. At its core, Bandcamp gives artists and fans maximum control over their own music. Artists set their own prices, sell their music and merch, and can update everything in real time. Fans can stream all their purchased music instantly on the free app and through Sonos, or download in both lossless and MP3 formats....

Celebrate at the Sonos Store

Celebrate at the Sonos Store

We can’t believe it, but the moment is really here. The first ever Sonos store officially opened its doors at 101 Greene Street. Opening day may be behind us, but we want the celebrations to continue and all of you to listen out loud with us. Come join us and our NYC friends for food, drinks, and music all week long. Full schedule of events below:  JULY 20 – HAPPY HOUR 5 – 7PM Pour a glass (or pop a can) in celebration with us as The Drop Rose hosts a free pop-up bar at 101 Greene St. JULY 21 – BAOHAUS BITES 5 – 7PM Boost your listening experience with free snacks and bites courtesy of Eddie Huang’s Baohaus. JULY 22 – NEW MUSIC FRIDAY WITH FRANKEL’S...