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Vinyl Storage for Audiophiles

Today’s article is a repost from 2014.

We’re big fans of music at Brokenpress. Alex has played music for over twenty years, in post-hardcore bands Hoover and Regulator Watts in Washington, D.C. and Abilene in Chicago. After a big of a hiatus from music, he’s excited to start playing again. My musical knowledge is limited to a chuck wagon triangle, but it’s always been a big part of my life. Together we have, and keep building, a great vinyl collection.

At first, our audio furniture and vinyl pieces came out of a need for storage, and has since evolved to be prototypes for Brokenpress designs.

Brokenpress Audio Storage Vinyl Records Chicago

One of our largest pieces created is a media library center which focuses around my father’s 1976 Kenwood KR-9600. This was the receiver to have during the monster-wars of the 1970’s. I have memories of hopping out of my mom’s car to check the mail, and hearing Dirty Deeds by AC/DC  blaring out of the house that was over 200 feet away. While it gathered dust in my dad’s basement for more than a decade, it’s now the centerpiece of a Brokenpress audio / media shelving unit.  It’s almost at capacity!

Since that piece is almost filled, where else can our records go? We came up with the perfect solution and married our love of vinyl with the need for more seating in our living room. Our bungalow has a beautiful front room with eight windows. The room is long with radiators flanking the sides of the room, making it difficult to put a couch near the front window.  The Brokenpress Design + Fabriction solution? An audio media storage bench. It’s following the same clean lines of the large audio/ media library piece: Baltic birch with white oak plugs, mounted on a steel base. The height is perfect for sitting, and the window sill can be used to hold your cocktail or snack plate when having a party and watching the new season of Mad Men. We’ll add cushions in the near future.  It’s currently holding part of Alex’s vintage radio collection, but we hope to have it filled soon with some great used record finds.

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Looking for some ideas for your own audio storage? Contact Brokenpress and let us come up with a solution perfect for your needs.

Getting the word out while supporting stuff we love

Even with almost 15 years of furniture making experience, Brokenpress Design+Fabrication is still a new business. We’ve slowly dipped our toes into the world of advertising, but are very selective on who we market to. Our mid-century modern fans can see us in Atomic Ranch. Since we love the pinup lifestyle, it made sense for us to advertise with Kat Club, a great new offshoot magazine by the amazing Retro Lovely. We thought it was a great way to support a magazine we love, while getting our name out to like-minded people. Guess what?  Retro Lovely even shared our ad on their facebook page! (Welcome, new fans!)

We’re on the lookout for the right audiophile magazine to help us share our great audio storage pieces! Know of one? Please contact us and we’ll look into it!

More than just audio furniture

At Brokenpress we love vinyl; record shopping is one of our vices, for sure. We buy our records in Chicago and during any travels, so it comes natural to us to create audio furniture and vinyl storage solutions for ourselves and people who enjoy music as much as we do. By no means, though, does that limit what Brokenpress can create!

Many people contact us when they’re looking for built-in and custom furniture. A recent client moved into a new home, added a fireplace and wanted a mantle, surround and bookshelves. Our clients had a budget they needed to stick to, so Alex said they could reduce costs if they wanted to paint their cabinets instead of using wood veneer. He came in to measure the space and worked closely with our clients to find out what their exposed and enclosed needs were, and created the piece below.

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The mantle is walnut veneer with a hardwood walnut face; Alex found a great piece of walnut that had blonde accents on it. He knew it would look great with the aesthetic of their house.  If you look in the photo below, you’ll see how the grain cascades along the sides. He even added the electric during the installation, helping negate the need to bring in an electrician. Our clients will have their fireplace tiled and the cabinets painted soon – we’ll be sure to update with an image when it’s finished.

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Brokenpress also did the electric work during the installation

So don’t let our focus on audio furniture or vinyl record storage make you hesitate contacting us. If you’re in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs, need a built in or some type of custom furniture, but aren’t quite sure exactly what you want, please contact us. We can work with you to design something that fits your space and your budget.

Our first official ad in Atomic Ranch magazine

Starting out a business isn’t as easy as one would think. For many years I did graphic design work in the evenings and the weekends. I never really thought much about professional advertising. However, I knew Alex’s work needed to be in front of the right audience. After spending an afternoon picking up magazines at City News, we came across Atomic Ranch. I used to subscribe years ago when I was living a modern condo life. I don’t know why I forgot about it, but when brought the issue home, we immediately renewed our subscription. After a couple of weeks we thought where else would be a better place for Alex to advertise Brokenpress? I emailed and fortunately we were able to make it in by the Spring issue’s deadline.

Mid-Century Modernized Advertisement for Brokenpress Design in Chicago

Our first official ad – great outside of page placement!

Today two copies arrived in the mail – our subscriber copy and our advertiser copy. It’s their 10th anniversary issue and it features a lovely property in Chicago. We hope this helps give Brokenpress an introduction to the larger mid-century modern audience that his work fits so well into. If you haven’t looked at Atomic Ranch before, pick up a copy today. If you see it, please contact us via Facebook or here and tell us what you thought of it!

 

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Atomic Ranch’s 10th Anniversary Issue – Spring 2014

We’re gonna blog!

While Brokenpress Design + Fabrication is the work of Alex Dunham, it’s a joint collaboration with his wife, Jennifer Bakija.  Better known as Secretary Ladybird™, Jen handles the secretary stuff which includes marketing and customer service while Alex is focused on the making and creating. We decided to add a blog to our website after Ladybird found a new creative outlet for herself in Grocery Gal. Upcoming posts will be from one or the other.

These posts will help give you a little more on our passions, inspirations and why we do things the way we do. We’re more than just fans of mid-century modern living building furniture in our Chicago bungalow. We hope you check our Brokenpress Design + Fabrication’s future blog posts and learn a little more about us. Cheers!