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.