Chivas Regal Console

Designing a Bespoke Record Console for a Global Partnership

The console displayed at the launch party for the Chivas-LSTN Partnership

The console displayed at the launch party for the Chivas-LSTN Partnership

Plug in, get the ice out and relax – your festive haven has arrived.

– GQ

I designed this piece for a collaboration between LSTN Sound Co. and Chivas Regal in 2016. They commissioned a statement piece to express the shared values of the companies: classic craftsmanship paired with tasteful design.

The piece is a classic stereo console inspired by midcentury designers like Ray and Charles Eames, Finn Juhl, and more. Like LSTN's Troubadour headphones or a bottle of Chivas, it holds a timeless appeal and makes an immediate statement.

Gold hairpin legs create a precarious illusion, and match the metal highlights elsewhere on the piece

Gold hairpin legs create a precarious illusion, and match the metal highlights elsewhere on the piece

A custom turntable provided by U-Turn Audio of Boston, MA and made from the same Zebra wood as LSTN's audio products.

A custom turntable provided by U-Turn Audio of Boston, MA and made from the same Zebra wood as LSTN's audio products.

The piece can hold approximately 50 records, along with two bottles of spirits. A serving tray, two custom glasses from Apolis  and a pair of cask barrel Troubadours complete the kit.

The piece can hold approximately 50 records, along with two bottles of spirits. A serving tray, two custom glasses from Apolis and a pair of cask barrel Troubadours complete the kit.

Recycled copper from Chivas casks is imprinted with the limited edition number and collaboration lockup.

Recycled copper from Chivas casks is imprinted with the limited edition number and collaboration lockup.

The piece is inspired by the two companie's shared values. Recycled copper from a former Chivas barrel is used for the nameplate and inspires the copper accents throughout the piece. Solid American walnut gives extra resonance to the custom-built speakers. Storage for up to 50 LP's, two bottles of Chivas, and a pair of Apolis-designed glasses complete the piece's functionality.

The console  on the White Walls shop floor right after completion. Santa Clarita, CA 2016

The console on the White Walls shop floor right after completion. Santa Clarita, CA 2016

The console displayed at the launch party for the Chivas-LSTN Partnership

The console displayed at the launch party for the Chivas-LSTN Partnership

The original plans for the console, February 2016

The original plans for the console, February 2016

The original plans for the console's record and drinks storage, February 2016

The original plans for the console's record and drinks storage, February 2016

One of my happiest moments was when the builders saw my plans and said they could get straight to work–no changes or modifications would be needed. The team at White Walls Fabrication took the console from paper to reality, and Brian, Tyler, Jordan, and everyone else deserve a huge thanks. This console would not exist without them.

Collaboration Materials

Special edition Troubadour headphones crafted from Chivas barrels

Special edition Troubadour headphones crafted from Chivas barrels

As a part of the partnership, Chivas also commissioned special Troubadour headphones crafted from recycled whiskey casks. Using a burgundy leather and leaving the natural finish of the wood bare, they leave a lasting and distinct impression—just like Chivas. Video content, press pieces, and a launch party were all held to celebrate and promote the partnership. The best part of all? Funds were raised to sponsor a hearing missions in the Dominican Republic where over a thousand people were given hearing aids.

I make a brief appearance in this video produced by the Chivas team to promote the partnership