#15 – Shannon’s Retro Chic
Location: Brooklyn, NY
A/V or Home Office: A/V
Favorite Source: For ideas, old Popular Mechanics magazines. I love their DIY optimism and sheer geekiness. For stuff, Apple. They make the sort of smart, durable, functional, beautiful, and human-centered technology that I love.
What inspired you? I’m inspired by last century’s idea of the future. My Harmon Kardon tube amplifier from the 1960’s still gives a rich, round sound, and I’m fascinated by its “Ambiance” knob. Its function is a mystery, but I keep it on Max anyhow.
Another prize is a toy called a Flashy Flicker, also from the 60’s, which is basically a toy gun with a flashlight and slide viewer, and I also have several old typewriters. All this was once cutting-edge technology that still works today. Some modern technology seems cold, but I think my A/V room feels inviting and playful.
Great Tip: When it comes to TVs, small is cool. Don’t let the box overwhelm your space.