Record players have a unique position in terms of design. Consumers tend to prefer either a throw-back, retro style or a super high-tech DJ dance club set up. As such, their design has forked into these two categories without much in between. Cue RD Silva’s “Turnstyle,” a new kind of record player that pushes design to the limit by completely doing away with all superfluous materials, including the base, the bulkiest part. It’s simple, refined and elegant in its no-frills approach. Comprised solely of a motor, needle, speakers and controls, “Turnstyle” is as lightweight and transportable as you can get.
Silva breaks down the components of his design:
“As simple as it gets:
The motor that spins the record.
The needle that reads the record.
The speakers that play the audio.
The controls that…control the record. On/Off.”
designer: rd silva