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Last week I had the opportunity to meet with the team at Musicbed — a Fort Worth based startup that licenses the work of independent musicians to the film, television and advertising industries. The young company and the office space they work in is full of energy. Less like an office and more like a friends’ loft. It’s furnished in great pieces from West Elm, Craigslist, in addition to some local finds. The space instantly feel like home.
The reception space is simple and warm. They chose a Peggy Mid-Century Sofa in tweed chenille (frost) to feel comfortable — kinda like a worn sweater. Adding touches like a mock Greek statue adds a sense of fun and youth. When asking them what defines their style, everyone responded with “home”. They had successfully furnished the lobby to feel like home and not just another waiting room. As I proceeded through the space I noticed livable areas tucked in corners and landings.
After exploring the office space I shot some portraits. It helped me get a better sense of who these busy, creative, and eclectic people were. During each portrait I asked “what is Musicbed?” I would always get the same response. The Musicbed wasn’t just a music and film liscensing company but a supporter of the independent artist. They find people each day that have the sound and the passion to be found and create amazing music. Each person in the Musicbed works for the artist so that they can thrive and develop.
This office is inspiring. Filled with creatives building a community with each other. I asked a veteran of the office the random question of “where would you all go if you could go anywhere?” and I received the response of “to the Kids”. Every Musicbed employee supports a child in a third world country through Compassion International.
What is in the future for Musicbed? Musicbed has big dreams — they’ve already launched a new quarterly magazine Film+Music and they are becoming known as a haven for artists. With plans to make a venue spot for concerts, conferences, and possibly studio space they are embracing the creative community even further.
Before I left, I asked the obvious — Who should I be listening to this summer? An easy question for this group. I present a Musicbed Playlist for Summer 2015:
Musicbed Summer Playlist
Get the Look: Peggy Sofa // Wyatt Sofa // Kasbah Wool Rug // Multi Pixel Woven Rug // Box Frame Nesting Tables // Etched Armadillo // Anders Armchair // Waldorf Side Table // Maze Dhurrie Rug // Zigzag Pillow //
Photos: Samuel Melton