The Great CD Challenge of 2004

where the CD furniture will go

It all started around the time we started packing for the great move down the street. I decided it was time to move on up out of those cookie cutter particle board CD cases that you get at Tower Records. I think my collection was big enough and it meant enough to me to spend some serious cash on an originally designed and constructed piece of furniture to hold and display my record (CD) collection. We looked at a few standards. Ikea was one of the first to get booted. They had some nice and cheap designs, but there was nothing that even came close to being able to handle the volume I had. Then we tried Boltz. But their designs are 100% metal and were hardly warm enough.

Then we moved. And I was getting more and more impatient. So I found an Italian designer called Vismara. But we didn’t have $6,000 to waste on something that overpriced. We were at the end of our wits on figuring out what to do with 2,000 CDs. At one point Emily and I thought of building it ourselves. But our design idea was not just simply bracketed shelves. There was a design factor to it. There was to be a hinge. Most likely a piano hinge needed to be involved. Perhaps a large ball bearing absorbing some of the massive weight and door that swung open. So in a whim we posted to our DC listserv asking for local designers who might be interested in building such a project.

It turns out one of the few people who replied was a great candidate. Marc of Nomad Designs came over with his simple yet wonderful portfolio. It turns out he designed the full size model train for the new trains in the NYC subway. He did this while working with Antenna Design. Wow. And let’s get this straight. I am hardly a designer or artist or whatever. But I did know Antenna Design. I was impressed. But then I was thinking this dude is out of our league. There’s no way we’d be able to afford the design we wanted.

So we gave him our budget and he kinda flinched. Said it was possible but a bit low. At least with body language alone. And then we stressed for a few days if not a week or so trying to figure out where this serious cash would be coming from. But then he came over again last night. We all had a beer. Emily wine. And he showed us the mockups. We were amazed. They looked perfect. More than perfect. Ideal. We were in awe. Outside of the functionality of the CD racks/cases/furniture/whatever, they were going to be beautiful. To give you an idea of what they will be like. It’s basically a 5-6 foot rack of CDs that opens up like a door and then there is another row behind it. There would be two of these. See picture below.

living room wall elevation

In a previous meeting we talked about doing some trade. He’d build us the construction and we’d build him a website. Maybe we’d end up paying an extra grand or something. We were fine with that, but we had no clue what the costs were going to be. $2,000. $4,000. $10,000. We had no clue. It’s not what we do. But then again, what we do is not what he does. So considering our basic website starts at $1,500 it basically appeared to now seem to us that he thought he was going to have to do something serious to these CD cases to make them more worth it to us. The roles reversed. All of a sudden. We were kind of beside ourself. We were going to get the one-of-a-kind CD furniture design we wanted. Without any compramise. Designed by a wonderful and talented designer. He’ll get a superior Olympus Mons Media designed website. We’ll all be happy and no money will be exchanged.

I am still in awe.

living room wall plan

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