Although compact discs (CDs) are being replaced as dominant mode of music storage and distribution by digital technologies, they will probably remain popular as collectors’ items in the future. In the meantime, CD racks serve as a way in which one’s collection can be effectively stored, displayed and accessed.
Therefore, most of the designs presented here display at least a certain degree of multifunctionality. There are a few exceptions to this rule: Tom Fischer’s ‘Musikstapler’, an efficient, pivoting CD rack, which all but disappears into the background when filled with CDs, or woodloops’s ‘casa C.D.’, a wooden, wall-mounted shelf with an intricate labyrinthine layout.
Urs and Carmen Greutmann Bolzern’s ‘Wallstreet totem’ is a sober, wall-mounted system of steel shelves attached to a central aluminium support. However, because the distance between the shelves is determined by the user, it can effectively serve as a CD rack, a DVD rack or as a bookcase, or even all three simultaneously. ‘Randomite’, designed by Bruno Fattorini & Partners for MDF Italia, is a playful dynamic composition of different shelf widths and heights, achieves the same objective with different means.
Another multifunctional CD rack is Peter Christian Hertel’s and Sebastian Klarhoefer’s ‘255’ for Flötotto. Here, an open sideboard with different-sized compartments can not only accommodate CDs, but also vinyl records, books, toys, and household objects. Designed by Lapo Ciatti for Opinion Ciatti, ‘Uptown’ CD rack is a series of clustered, tall, narrow shelves of different height, which once again prove to be a multifunctional storage and display space.
Andrea Marcante’s ‘Lalinea’ for Pallucco is a narrow, modular, metal shelf, which can be mounted both vertically and horizontally, and used to store books and DVDs as well. This CD rack features an illuminated back panel, and different coloured lights can be juxtaposed for the desired effect. Another surprising variation is Furio Minuti’s ‘Skyline, manufactured by Gebrüder Thonet Vienna. This CD rack in the shape of a tall sideboard is merged with a two-wheeled trolley, creating a practical, mobile storage space.