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February 17, 2017
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...
October 31, 2016
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.
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...
October 17, 2016
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...
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 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...
August 29, 2016
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...
August 19, 2016
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...
June 16, 2016
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.”
May 17, 2016
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...
May 6, 2016
Genevieve Gorder has been the face of home design on television for more than a decade, but get her talking about music and her daughter and Look. Out.
Beyond fabric swatches and furniture flows, Gorder is equally adept at music, and can namedrop favorites from Motown to classical Baroque to hip-hop in the same breath. It’s no coincidence that her musical train of thought often leads down a path to her daughter, who completes her holy trinity: Design, Music, Family -- all coming together to turn her (or your) house into memory-making home.
“When I’m designing a space, it’s about music."
“When I’m designing a space, it’s about music,” she says. “Design is the same as...
May 4, 2016
Whether you're moving into a new downtown apartment or settling into your first home, moving is when you take stock of what's important. Your coasters from that trip to Amsterdam? Keep. Your less-than-new bath mats? Toss. That Halloween costume from 2009? Definitely keep. But when it's time to make a move, there's something else -- something that is just as important as paint color, furniture style and those sconces from Etsy -- to consider.
All of those things come together to create a design for your new space, but it's the music that makes it home.
That sentiment became clear in our aptly named Music Makes it Home study. No matter what country you live in or what taste in music you...
April 28, 2016
When the Segal family agreed to participate in the Music Makes it Home study, music was in their home, but it wasn’t necessarily a part of it. “We listened to music -- the occasional spontaneous moment -- but it was certainly very individual and sporadic,” explains Noah Segal, husband and father of two.
The Segal Family
As participants in the study conducted in February, Amanda and Noah Segal, with their two sons Oliver and Beckham, were one of 30 families around the globe who spent a week without music out loud and a week with all the music they wanted. The results were pretty clear: people feel closer, more loving and generally happier when they share time with their loved ones...
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