March 03, 2021 2 min read
Distinguished by its clean lines, minimalist aesthetic, and louvered design, the Corridor collection is a feature-rich solution for those seeking beautifully functional furniture.
Designed by Associate Design Director, Matthew Weatherly, Corridor debuted in 2013 with the collection's center piece, the 8179. The perfect example of multi-use design, this award-winning cabinet can serve as a full-featured home theatre console or a versatile storage credenza.
Thoughtfully engineered from the inside out, the considerate mix of materials and attention to detail gives Corridor its timeless appeal. Here’s an in-depth look into the design inspiration behind Corridor.
Corridor's hallmark design feature is its handsomely crafted louvered doors. When developing the design, Weatherly said that he “always appreciated slatted architectural treatments on buildings and fences as a way of achieving texture, along with how light and shadows play on those surfaces. A slatted fascia on a media cabinet was a way to incorporate an architectural, but practical, solution for achieving airflow, infrared, and acoustic transparency.”
The slatted door feature also carries another benefit: it offers a stunning aesthetic in any interior space—traditional, transitional, or modern. Another unique element Weatherly incorporated into the Corridor collection's design was a custom-designed, floating satin-etched glass top surface. This special glass is achieved by using a unique process that produces a lightly textured surface with a beautifully soft finish, making the glass resistant to smudges and fingerprints, but also tempered for durability.
“Though a matching wood top panel for a cabinet is an obvious solution, I was more interested in matching the darkened negative space between the wood slats. This is why I chose to go with a black glass top,” said Weatherly. “Constructed of 8mm thick tempered glass, the satin-etched top provides structural rigidity, along with a smooth textured feeling."
Now a distinctive feature of many BDI collections, this special glass top is made to withstand weight from components on top, resist scratches and smudges, and look beautiful for years to come.
True function from within
Integrating technological considerations to best provide the function and features that people really need is a core design philosophy behind every BDI collection—and Corridor is no different.
Corridor was designed so that users could accommodate, organize, and protect their home entertainment systems, while still maintaining a clean closed-door aesthetic—giving their media furniture greater versatility. Various features were also incorporated into the Corridor collection that have become standard on most BDI designs. These features not only protect and optimize the life of components inside, they also help to make setup easier. Vented and removable rear access panels make it easy to access ports, plugs, and connections while allowing proper flow-through air ventilation. Hidden wheels and levelers in the base provide mobility and stability.
Corridor also integrates BDI’s proprietary wire-management system, which keeps cords and cables bundled and organized. Adjustable shelves with vibration dampening shelf pins allow users to tailor each piece to fit their components or storage needs. Available designs also account for the latest technologies with such considerations as a built-in soundbar shelf or media storage drawer. The award-winning Corridor Collection indeed set the bar for future BDI collections and has since inspired many additional award-winning designs.