Tivoli gives new meaning to the phrase "electronic arts." These artful interpretations of audio equipment trade in those ugly black boxes for design-conscious conversation pieces that have wooden, retro-looking exteriors and minimal buttons and knobs. But these hi-fi systems and table radios don't swap function for form: They sound every bit as good as they look. Now your only problem is getting the rest of your living room to look as groovy as your sound system does.
Feeling nostalgic? You'll love Crosley's wares. Relive a much simpler era with music players that look vintage but work with today’s gadgets (like the iDeco, a tabletop speaker and iPhone dock). Converting your old music technology to new? Then get the USB turntable; it’ll burn your treasured records onto your computer. And if you just can’t give up your vinyl, go for the record carrier case. Jukebox-shaped CD players and novel wall and desk phones round out this evocative selection.
Your techie friend doesn’t want a sweater as a gift. Nor does he want a gift certificate for a massage. He wants — you guessed it — gadgets. That’s where this selection comes in, from the retro (Native Union’s telephone-receiver handsets; Lomography’s wonderfully trippy cameras) to the right-up-to-date (sleek, smart docking stations from iHome).
Mid-century modern design overtook both North America and Europe in the ‘50s, and to this day, it’s still hotly sought-after thanks to the elegance and ease of its minimal, sculptural, organic-inspired lines. It’s also known for its versatility: these pieces work well within modern and contemporary design schemes, but they’ll serve just as well as an artful counterpoint to more traditional and transitional schemes.
Giving new meaning to the phrase “electronic arts,” this Boston-based audio manufacturer believes its top-notch equipment should look as good as it sounds. So go ahead, let the music play on the glossy, candy-colored SongBook portable radios: their reception is astounding, with features including a backlit LCD display and a digital alarm clock with sleep function. Do you prefer a complete sound solution? Then try the Music System platinum. The elegant unit packs three integrated speakers, an AM/FM tuner, a subwoofer and a slot-loading CD player into a sleek, piano-wood case, with an auxiliary input for your iPod added in for good measure.