Groove

If you have rather large collections like I do, it’s always nice to have a smaller selection close to your stereo if the collection, which is often the case, is stored in a rather elaborate shelf or container system wherever it fits – and that’s usually not right next to your stereo equipment.

So, what I was looking for was a small shelf, frame or other container that looks nice (or halfway decent) and is versatile. I narrowed my selection down to several Scandinavian products, one of which was a wall-mounted CD rack called “Groove”.

“Groove” was designed by Frank Kerdil, a fulltime Danish IDE developer and lecturer, born in 1946. Frank Kerdil has designed lots of smaller objects, some of which are multimedia-related. “Groove” is manufactured and distributed by “PO:”, the company founded by Frank Kerdil and Kenneth Guldager, both with a solid background in design, retail and advertising, to market Kerdil’s designs. Today, PO: is represented in the Czeck Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Latvia, the Slovac Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, but you can also get their products online, for example from Royal Shopping in Copenhagen, Denmark, a great place to look for both smaller and larger design objects.

“Groove” is made of stainless steel and is available in two sizes, the “Groove CD72” which holds, as the name says, 72 CDs and measures 49 by 49 centimeters, and the “Groove CD 32” which holds 32 CDs and measures 33 by 33 centimeters. It is easily affixed to the wall, but I’ve also seen them used standing on a sideboard or table. The CD jewelcases are simply inserted … and that’s it. Simple, practicable and good looks, to boot. As is often the case though, this wall-mounted frame can only hold jewelcases, so it is certainly not made for digipacks or even double CDs or collector’s boxes.

“Groove” won the Danish Formland Award in 2000, which is an award given to exceptional industrial design and adds 100.000 Danish Kroner to the recipient’s marketing budget.

“Groove” is not exactly cheap, and I’ve seen it go for as high as 150 Euro (list prices seem to vary in different countries, but usually retailers carry for example the CD32 version for around 100 to 120 Euro).

I came very close to buying myself one or two of these because of their simplicity, but I went for another somewhat more versatile product, which I will introduce here in one of my next posts.

You can purchase “Groove” online from, for example, Royal Shopping in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Before you do so, you might want to have a look at a brief “PO:” profile or visit their (less than perfect) website (Flash, resizes your window!).

Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and deus62.com is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

  1. Interesting concept.  I have a couple large racks (one 500 and one 300) which are both full and each has a stack of CDs sitting on top which I’ve played recently but have yet to put back.  I guess this is where Groove would come in.

    I’m still toying with the idea of ripping my entire collection and storing my CDs in boxes.  Tough decission.

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  2. There’s a better one coming up that will suit your needs better than Groove, I think. Just wait a few days and keep dropping by. 😉

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  3. Thomas Thorstensen13/04/2007 at 11:42 pm

    I`ve got three Groove CD72`s, and before you think I spend more on the racks than on cd`s: I got mine for 49 euros a piece here in Norway. No, its not a typo. I couldn`t believe my eyes when I found them (again) on Panik Design…

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  4. That’s definitely a good price. Congrats on finding them that cheap!

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