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 centrepiece, 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.
As both a design feature and practical element, the louvered doors mean Corridor’s design can easily transition from media cabinet to all-purpose furniture.
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.
"Using contrasting materials for the top panel and base gives the slatted doors a sense of warmth and focal emphasis for the design.”
“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."
Matthew Weatherly, Associate Design Director, BDI
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.
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, organise, and protect their home entertainment systems, while still maintaining a clean closed-door aesthetic—giving their media furniture greater versatility.
Corridor was BDI’s first design to feature a closed-door aesthetic that permitted remote control signals, sound, and air to freely pass through.
Various features were also incorporated into the Corridor collection that have become standard on most BDI designs. These features not only protect and optimise 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 levellers in the base provide mobility and stability. Corridor also integrates BDI’s proprietary wire-management system, which keeps cords and cables bundled and organised. (Power strip not included.)
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.
Though the first iteration of Corridor was for a media collection, Weatherly’s vision was to create coordinating designs that could be used for other purposes and in multiple spaces. This meant that fans of the collection could create a cohesive design for any room in the home.
Corridor’s popularity inspired Weatherly to expand the collection to include a standing bar that would grace entertaining spaces with the same beautiful aesthetic.
An expanded collection also meant Corridor could be at home in any entryway, living room, home theatre space, or another area where storage is needed. The collection grew to include a smaller console and a corner console to fit various spaces and needs, as well as a matching audio tower. For areas that need maximum performance in a slimmer footprint, Corridor SV offers an ideal solution.
BDI’s first entry into the home office category — boasts the signature Corridor aesthetic and includes a desk, mobile file pedestal, storage credenza, and multifunction cabinet.
The office collection also applies such innovative features as wire management, adjustable shelves, hidden wheels and levellers, and functional storage spaces.The award-winning Corridor Collection indeed set the bar for future BDI collections and has since inspired many additional award-winning designs.
Available for both home and office, Corridor is one of our largest and most popular collections and provides the versatility and first-in-class design principles that make BDI a leader in modern home furnishings.