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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week by Adrian on February 25th, 2011

TDK Boombox

While stylish DNA art is one way to surround yourself with world-class design, there are amazing examples of well-made, well-designed products everywhere. We are going to start highlighting one each week.

We love this great retrospective on the history of the boombox from our friends at MoCo Loco inspired by TDK’s awesome new 3 Speaker Boombox.


What inspired Paul O’Connor, creative director of Ziba Design, and his team to revive the boombox, in the form of the new TDK Life on Record series? The chance to explore its cultural origins and its place in our collective history. O’Connor, David Thorpe, Oved Valadez, Mike Lemmon and Kaitlin Paul embraced the opportunity “to connect with those who get it at the expense of offending others,” as they implore us to take out our ear buds and play music out loud. Among their inspiration were “mixed tapes, the act of creating, sharing, socializing music” and “people who still care about their s**t.”

This boombox makes me want to break out my old blue BMX bike and pedal down the street pumping a little Grand master Flash on my shoulder  if only I weren’t terrified to drop it and destroy this work of art.

The inspiration comes from 80’s street culture and hip-hop combined with a modern, sleek design and minimalist look that make this the ultimate personal music device.

I think MoCo is onto something when they compare today’s culture where everyone has earphones and music is a personal, isolated thing to the 80’s when music was your voice, something to be shared.

Nostalgia aside, you can add this to my birthday gift list, along with a new BMX bike.

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