BIRTH OF THE CINEPOD
Due to the popularity of the MiniPod and Bass Station I was commissioned to design a centre channel for the MiniPod cinema range. This project allowed me to work closely again with the mentor and acoustic engineer Laurence Dickie.
Dic wanted me to imagine two MiniPods joined at the tweeter through a ninety-degree angle. This acoustic rule immediately gave an estimated height of the cabinet, and the volume of the two MiniPods suggested a dimension for overall size. I used these guides to sculpture the form.
My first drafts established continuity between the CinePod shape and MiniPod. Once I had created the overall shape, I went about drawing scaled orthographic representations, with 3-D sketches and physical models of the bass port detail.
The overall form had a lot to contain within it, and I tried to be as conservative with the space as possible.
The CinePod design process was also a great opportunity to explore and incorporate some modifications that I wanted to use updating the MiniPod design. I had wanted to conceal any wiring to the CinePod. The terminal connection tray cover solved this and significantly improved the overall flow of the CinePod shape, also neatly covered the entrance hole of the wall bracket.
All drawings and models were used to create a 3-D CAD model, for making the tool in three pieces front, back, and bottom. Again, as with the Bass Station, the complete enclosure was internally braced and made from ABS plastic.