This Zen Garden-inspired DJ console might seriously put you in a ‘trance’

There’s something incredibly calming about the Whiteout. Designed to be a DJ console that offers incredible amounts of control to the person behind it, Whiteout features a base with multiple grooves and a series of knobs you can place on them. The knobs work both as rotary-controls as well as sliders, while the base itself lights up with a minimalist interface. A pair of grooved circles on the base act as the turntables, while touch-sensitive controls on the top let you play, pause, loop, transition, solo and mute tracks. Overall, the kit offers a meaningful redesign to the DJ console, which is sometimes an overwhelmingly complicated collage of lights. Whiteout calms you down and keeps you focused as you send out ‘chill vibes’ to your audience. This might just be the most perfect controller for the international music festival ‘Sensation White’!

Whiteout is a winner of the K-Design Award for the year 2019.

Designers: Su Hyun Bang & Byoung Hoon Woo

A vinyl turntable inspired washbasin to hit you with a wave of nostalgia!

I’ve never really given much thought to washbasins, accepting them as a normal component of a washroom, and a structure to wash my hands in. However, Pasque D. Mawalla’s ‘Santuri’ washbasin has me intrigued! The name Santuri has been derived from the Kiswahili translation of the word ‘Record player’, as Mawalla is himself a native of Tanzania, East Africa. In an attempt to pay homage to traditional music roots, Mawalla created a washbasin that looks exactly like a record player or a vinyl turntable. Have I got the attention of all music lovers? Mawalla picked up interesting cues from a record player to create a retro-esque washbasin with a musical twist. A glimpse of the turn-table platform can be seen in the two-toned washbasin. The basin is a circular and wooden structure, with a smaller matte black circle in the center, representing the platter of the turntable.

However, the feature that really strikes me is the washbasin’s tap! The tap is sleek and matte black as well, with a wooden base. It is a replica of the tonearm you see on a turntable. Tonearms allow a record to play when placed on one, and also stop it from being played when moved away from it. Similarly, the tap of the washbasin functions as a tonearm. When you move the tap towards the basin, it allows the water to flow from it, however, once you move the tap back to its original position, the flow of water simultaneously stops. Hence when one moves the tap, they are instantly transported back to all the times they handled a turntable, creating an immediate emotional connection. In fact, the opening of the tap looks like the headshell of a turntable! The washbasin rests on a block of pure white marble, creating a perfect contrast to it’s black and brown color tones.

Mawalla created Santuri with the intention that it would appeal to music lovers, especially vinyl record and turntable fanatics, and would take them on a subtle trip down memory lane. However the clean, minimalistic and vintage aesthetic of Santuri has caught my eye as well, and I wouldn’t mind a turntable doppelganger as a washbasin!

Designer: Pasque D. Mawalla

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A turntable with unparalleled beauty!

The overall quality of a product and the precision of its construction can be effectively communicated through its carefully considered form. This is certainly the case with the SC+P Turntable, which uses the combination of high-quality materials, precision engineering and a visually striking design to emphasize the state of the art components that reside within its body.

The undeniably beautiful device is made up of a striking framework that draws attention towards the vinyl that sits at the center. The result of this skeleton-like form is the exposure of the mechanics and electronics that allow the device to function. This has lead to every single component being designed with immense attention to design and a very sharp eye!

We challenge you to find a turntable that comes even close to the beauty of this one!

Designer: Arthur Martins

McCormick’s concept grill plays music based on what you’re cooking

As someone who won't turn down an invite to a barbecue, the one thing missing in my life is a grill. That's the part about living in New York City that saddens me. So, when McCormick invited me to check out its new concept grill, the SUMR HITS 5000,...

An unusual alternate reality where toasters and turntables have a lot in common…

If I were to redesign the toaster myself, the vinyl turntable probably wouldn’t be my first point of inspiration. It wouldn’t even feature in the top 5, to be completely honest. That being said, Yu-Hsiang Lin’s toaster draws a link between cooking bread with heat, and playing music from a grooved disc. Rather humorously named “Another Toaster”, this bread-toasting machine uses a turntable, and a rod-shaped heated coil that periodically, and uniformly, cooks a piece of rotating bread.

At its best, the design is unusual, and begs to be prototyped. A coil sits within what would be the turntable’s arm, while the bread rests on the rotating platform. The arm evenly distributes heat on one side of the bread (and even comes with a heat-adjustment knob to change toast-intensity). It’s a fun exercise in mashing up two products to create one, but I doubt anyone would want to use Another Toaster, especially since you’d need to flip the bread to Side B if you want an evenly cooked piece of toast!

Designer: Yu-Hsiang Lin

A turntable fitting for the 2020s

As a fitting companion to our favorite (and perhaps the most controversially popular) music playback device, the Elbow Cassette Player, Louis Berger’s oTon is a quirky playback device for serious design junkies and audiophiles.

With a design that’s audacious enough to get me to quit Spotify to listen to LP discs full time, the oTon is vertical, exposes most of the vinyl disc, and is practically completely transparent… a design choice that makes the album art on the vinyl discs visible during playback. The oTon works by wirelessly sending audio to a nearby speaker (it doesn’t come with an in-built speaker, as you’ll clearly be able to see), but another interesting little feature is the oTon’s ability to rip audio from the vinyl discs and export them to your phone, to listen to while on the go!

Designer: Louis Berger

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