The turntable tables keep rolling in. Gizmodo has an entry from the Milan Furniture Fair which is beautifully crafted, though for some reason I imagine it surrounded by shag carpeting. Probably just me, but we’ll never know — no link to the designer.

Todd Campbell writes CDM with his own design, by far the coolest yet. Gorgeous wood, neo-future art deco styling (anyone remember Douglas Adams’ Starship Titanic?), and the translucent legs have pulsing disco lighting. (Scroll through the photos on Todd’s site, aptly named sick style. Thanks, Todd!)

For those of you keeping score, that’s Cool Turntable Tables = 4, Cool Computer Tables = 0. Whether you can afford these luxury items (I can’t!), designers’ interest in turntables clearly demonstrates a sense of what the object means for music. So why not computers, too? It’s long been my belief that musicianship and stage presence are about the human being, whether they’re using a record player (imagine trying to tell Edison about scratching!), concert grand piano, jaw harp, whatever — so where are the computers? Have you seen a designer who “gets” the computer as a creative object? Let us know.

Update: of course, turntable furniture might make you feel like a star, but not as much as a huge crowd of rock fans you can stick on your wall, as found by Tom at Music Thing.

  • "So why not computers, too?" i'll tell you why: dj'ing records involves sifting through your bag of records, looking for the tracks you want to play. this is done by colour and the design of the record label/cover. then you have to physically look at the record to find the track (grooves that you decode to see when a vocal comes in, blah, blah, blah). then you have to make sure you play it at the right speed. then you have to mix it at the right point. all the while working the mixer.

    my point is, you are constantly PHYSICALLY interacting with the record to get it to do what you want. typing on a keyboard and clicking with a mouse can hardly come close to the sheer physical and mental energy required of lugging your record bags to a club and spinning a d&b and uk breakz set for 4 hours…

    the dj IS the operating system…no error codes you can't understand, no screen that becomes your world. dj'ing records makes you sociable. the very opposite of sitting in front of a computer.