The Monday Mood Board: Gramophones!

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Edward Elgar’s death yesterday (February 23rd), we’ve decided to dedicate our Monday mood board to the gramophone – a piece of technology that Elgar in particular championed, conducting a series of recordings of his works between 1914 and 1925. The invention of the microphone in 1925 meant that more accurate recordings were possible and eventually, Elgar laid down the majority of his major orchestral works, as well as movements from his Dream of Gerontius.

1. Gramophone lighting

ec2c9cd616a6be3a0637509aa98e7135Upcycling old gramophones into lights is a bold interior design choice but one that looks lovely and would be a great addition to any music-lover’s abode.

2. The past vs. the present

3e806fde3b3eba550ef54081371a211eCombining modern technology with blasts from the past is a truly brilliant idea and if you can’t quite reconcile yourself to giving up your mod cons, then match them with this gramophone docking station – definitely the best of both worlds!

3. Museum-going

gramophones-museumWe’re booking a trip to St Petersburg right now, home to the Gramophones Museum which boasts over 400 items from all around the world on display. Or, if you’d rather not go so far afield, London’s Horniman Museum has a brilliant collection of musical instruments that’s well worth a look as well.

4. In fabric

phonograph_vintage_mustard_cream_2_shop_previewFor a simple way to introduce some music into your home, why not use a bit of gramophone fabric as curtains, cushion covers or sofa covers? Compliments guaranteed!

5. Wear it with pride

il_570xN.526497060_luriFor some really unique jewellery perfect for yourself or as a present for a friend, this gramophone necklace is definitely a winner.

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