I think that it is a good idea to have a smaller CD-holder close to your stereo so that you don’t have to act the long-distance runner every time you want to put on a new CD, jogging back and forth between remote CD shelf units and your hardware.
The problem is that many of the smaller CD-holders start acting up when you try to load them up with anything but single jewelcases. If you have a whole lot of digipacks that do not adhere to standard jewelcase measurements or double-CDs in those fat, ugly and impractical jewelcases, you end up having to pile up the CDs next to the stero – not really the solution you were looking for.
After searching the Internet and my local design shops thin, I again ended up with a Danish product. People who know me are aware of my passion for all things Scandinavian, especially if they come from the form-follows-function school of design embodied by such great designers as Hans J Wegner, Boerge Mogensen and Fritz Hansen, to name but a few, and I have to admit that I’m also into collecting Danish china and cutlery by Grethe Meyer as well as single pieces of very rare furniture (link: fantastic but expensive second-hand shop).
So, it comes as no surprise that in time of need, I always end up with functional design from up north.
The Rosendahl CD-25 Chrome stand is not that easy to find anymore, but here in Germany, entering “Rosendahl CD-25” into Google gets you enough hits to stock up on a few, and there are plenty of them around shops in these parts if you know where to look. Besides, various shady companies have taken to blatantly copying the design, so you should be able to find one.
Not that it’s really all that pretty, although it does have its unique charme. It is available in satin, black and chrome and is made of steel and rubber. It is “imminently practical” (anyone read “Bartleby, the Scrivener” lately?) and gets the job done. It can take all types of jewelcases and most digipacks, the bottom bars are rubber-coated, allowing you to have CDs stand at an angle without sliding or simply letting you keep the stand only partially-filled, and next to the stereo, it is easy to get a quick overview of what’s begging for attention because the CDs go in there with the spine facing upwards.
As small and (reasonably) cheap as this one is – it’ll set you back a mere 29 Euro in Germany – it has become an essential unit for me and I couldn’t imagine replacing it with anything else.
Check it out, if you can.