Core Audio Design makes nice stuff.
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I came into the thread obviously late, but I still wanted to respond to it. We are a husband & wife furniture company located in Chicago. Our furniture is geared toward audiophiles - component storage, cord management, LP facing - with a mid-century feel. Please PM me if you're interested in finding out more. Our website is BrokenpressDesign.com. Thanks!
Good thread, I'm closing in on the finish line and a better rack is the last piece, famous last words right! This is something I would really like to see in person. No dealers seem to carry anything that trips my fancy. Would hate to custom order blind. Oh, and none of them are cheap either. The two brands that appear to be reasonably priced and neutral looking enough to be future proof are the Steve Blinns and Timbernation. Any happy owners out there?
It is easy to adapt many mid century cabinet units since good ventilation is easy to obtain with the use of laptop cooling units, which are very quite and very effective. Best of all, used furniture is not only less expensive, but of high quality. I collect mid century drexel units and always find adaption very easy.
BDI has a mid-century line called ERAS. Also available are matching coffee, end and console tables. BDI make very stylish (IMO) and well built furniture that incorporates some nice AV features. You can find them by clicking the link below:
If you are looking for "mid-century...audio-friendly furniture," your choices are limited. You can buy a typical open-shelf stereo rack, a home theatre cabinet or hit the antique stores and find a cabinet you like and drill a few holes in the back to make it work. We converted an antique sideboard thirty years ago and still use it today.