AV cabinets, designed to store audio-video equipment, are indispensable in today’s workplace. They range from practical, understated models, to representative pieces that adorn executive meeting rooms and offices.
For example, Antonio Citterio’s ‘Piuma’ for Flexform is minimalist, low, wooden AV cabinet with slender aluminium feet. Conversely, Davide and Maurizio Riva’s solid wood ‘Gastonia’ for Riva 1920 is a tall, traditional cupboard containing drawers, which have integrated racks for CDs and DVDs. Ercol-manufactured ‘Artisan’ AV cabinet, designed by James Ryan, is a more relaxed low sideboard, with an occasional gentle curve, and with drawers as well as ordinary compartments.
Jacob Strobel’s ‘lux TV unit’ for TEAM 7 is a wall-mounted system which combines high quality wooden veneer with tinted glass, and integrates a large digital display alongside a series of storage compartments. Peter J. Lassen’s ‘Montana TV Hi-Fi Furniture’ for Montana Møbler is also a wall-mounted system, where the main AV cabinet can be complemented with small open compartments that can be arranged into any composition around it.
Spectral’s understated ‘Catena’ AV cabinet is a low, long chest of drawers, while Bosse Design’s ‘Bosse Monitor Sideboards’ is a modular system with exposed steel-rod structure and laminate infill panels. ‘Comm’, designed by Helmut Voss for Müller Manufaktur is a narrow, tall AV caninet with an electrically operated frame that holds a display and which can be lowered and concealed when not in use. Jehs + Laub’s ‘Tune media sideboard’ for RENZ is a pared down AV cabinet, with a freely positionable panel onto which a screen may be fastened.
Lastly, we have castor-mounted AV cabinets, which react to shifting demands around the office. Andrea Ruggiero’s ‘Mobitech’ for Abstracta is an oval sideboard with an upholstered back panel, whilst Christoph Ingenhoven’s ‘Caddy’ for Vitra is a tall, mobile AV cabinet, inspired by airplane trolleys, which can hold AV equipment inside and a projector on top.