Building Update: Quality Craftsmanship
Throughout the campaign to build KEXP’s New Home, we’ve sought to bring the same originality, care, and curatorial excellence that you expect from KEXP programming to the construction of our new facility at Seattle Center. That aesthetic extends to some very special furnishings created by listeners.
While more and more of the music you hear on KEXP now resides in the digital library and playback system developed for us by Dalet, we still have an enormous collection of compact discs and vinyl records. To help organize the latter, San Francisco designer Kate Koeppel made KEXP a handcrafted set of typographic wooden record dividers.
Although Kate listened to KEXP while attending the University of Washington, her appreciation grew exponentially after she moved to the Bay Area in 2009. Seven years later, “music that matters” continues to play an essential role in her aesthetic. “If I hadn’t found so much music that I love through KEXP, I probably wouldn’t have built my career around music and music collectors,” says Kate.
Visitors to the Gathering Space in KEXP’s New Home should delight in a unique piece of furniture contributed by Seattle artist Jeff Skierka. Jeff spent over a hundred hours building our new Mixtape Table, a 12:1 scale replica of a cassette tape, made from high-grade Baltic birch plywood with maple veneer, solid walnut “tape,” and a hand-rubbed oil finish.
“I decided to donate the Mixtape Table to KEXP because I listen to the station every day and without it the table might not even exist,” says Jeff. “When I heard about the New Home, I thought there really could be no better place for this table to be than around a ton of real music lovers.”
For more information about these amazing artists and music lovers, please visit Kate Koeppel Design and Jeff Skierka Designs. Thank you to Kate and Jeff for their very special donations to KEXP’s New Home.