May 6, 2014 | Alex
Right before I left for Sweden, Common Bond Design wrapped up a project that I'm champing at the bit to share with you. Rest assured, the reveal photos are coming to a computer screen near you. But until that time, how about a teaser? (P.S. Welcome back to regular programming, after my arctic escapades!)
The client, a young corporate attorney, moved to NYC with basic furnishings: sofa, media stand, armchair, desk, bed, dresser, nightstand. His practical needs were largely met, although he did require additional storage, lighting and seating. CBD's mission was to fill these needs in a way that injected the client's personality into a sterile "box in the sky" rental apartment.
Once we upped the ante on the space, he toyed with the idea of asking us to replace his media stand. Something that would hold up to the enhanced aesthetic of the space. Well, this was an interesting challenge. Here's why: between his original pieces and our new purchases, we had all kinds of mixed metals and wood tones. Don't get me wrong— I like an eclectic mix. But there's a limit. Okay, no problem, I thought. He's got this whole RGBY theme going on (RGBY=primary colors + green), we'll just hunt down a nice colorful credenza. Something along these lines:
Easy, right? Nope, nope, nope. I am willing to venture that 95% of media stands incorporate some kind of wood veneer. Ultimately, we decided to style the client's existing media stand to fit with the space. And despite industry incentives aligned to the contrary, finding a way to make a clients' own furniture work makes me genuinely happy. Less waste is a positive thing.
But up until we found a way to make his media stand work, it was an intriguing challenge to dig up attractive alternatives. While options are hardly abundant, if you are in the market for a piece in which to stash your electric equipment— but you don't want to introduce another wood tone— may I suggest a nice RGBY credenza? Here are my favorites in a range of price points:
- Ascend Dark Navy 55" Sliding Door Storage Unit, Crate & Barrel - $449
- IKEA PS Cabinet (Red), IKEA - $99
- #379 Credenza (Grass Green/Brass) by reGeneration Furniture, via Plum Alley - $5,400
- Slim Media Console (Navy), Room & Board - $449
- Media Credenza with Casters (Yellow), Heartworks - $995
- Key Medium Module (Red/Walnut) by Housefish, via Shop Horne - $649
- USM Haller Credenza D2 (Yellow), via Avenue Road - $2,275
- USM Haller Media 02 (Green), via Avenue Road - $1,960