MidCentury Style: Mixing the New With the Old

MidCentury Style: Mixing the New With the Old

Joel Pirela
Aug 3, 2011

Can you imagine the latest media center enclosed inside a retro-styled Nelson Thin Cabinet? Or a set of new Bluetooth speakers based on the KLH design with those sexy pedestal bases? Combining new and old is in full swing, so say goodbye to standard glossy black, and say hello to the warmth of yesterday's wood adorned tech today...

M21 Flat Panel
Designer Joe Wilkerson created this beauty: The M21 Flat Panel. The mid-century themed console houses a 42" plasma screen. That's what we call a great combination of MCM design and modern tech. The walnut console incorporates room for a built-in center speaker. A complete throwback to the entertainment system that emerged back in the '50s. We would love to see if it incorporates a more modern LED LCD panel, instead of the aging plasma.

Draper Media Console
With a name like "Draper" you know exactly what you are going to get, even without looking at the page! The Draper Media Console is made of solid wood with a slider fabric door, which is great if you decide to place the speakers inside the console for an even more streamlined look. The top door swings open for your convenience while loading LP records. Back panels have openings for headache free wiring. The compact size makes this, a great alternative for small spaces.

Ingraham Computer Case
The Ingraham is a great tribute to the Ingraham Cabinet Co. that designed and built many wooden radio cabinets in the 1930's and 40's. Finished in american black walnut shell clad to the aluminum body of a Silverstone LC06 Mini ITX case. It comes with a VIA Nano processor running at 1.6Ghz and a 16X PCI-e slot and mini PCI slot. 4GB of DDR2 RAM and a 64GB SSD. To make it perfect, we would've change the slats with aluminum ones, but at least the painted wood will provide a similar effect.

Ray Speakers
If money is not an issue for you, (2499 Euros) and your home looks like a showroom from DWR, the Ray speakers are for you. The materials and shape used are not because they look pretty, but have a function: the choice was dictated by the need to provide the best sound quality possible. Comes with a 1" illuminator dome tweeter and a modified 8" studio bass driver. The cabinet is hand crafted in Denmark with specially molded wood panels. The Ray is a speaker that you will enjoy, even when music is not playing.

Edition Space Table
The Edition Space is a side table wrap in beautiful wood with speakers enclosed inside the sleek package. Austrian speaker makers Trenner and Friedl guarantee that the speaker sounds a good as it looks. There's even a hidden compartment between the 2 speakers where you can place your electronics, so they will be out of sight. As any hi-end custom work, the Edition Space is available in a variety of wood and finishes, being walnut our favorite so far!

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