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NW Artist Tor Clausen builds surprisingly interactive installations. By changing the expectations we have of musical instruments as well as functional furnishings, he has opened up a new way to explore music. Private and public commissions are welcome. Feel free to peruse the residential designs in the Etsy store on the top right (ordering).

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In stock now ~ One Musical Cedar Garden Bench


I had some extra time this July, so I built this xylophone bench. It comes with a set of mallets and is outfitted with stainless steel lag bolts and outdoor finish. $1300 plus $100 for shipping.

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Collaboration with BBDO wins Cannes Lion Award.

This spring I worked on a project with the ad firm BBDO. I flew down there, helped them flesh out the concept with real, working musical tables that I designed for the project. The client, Antarctica Beer, delighted in the buzz that was forming around the project. We filmed all aspects of the building and first musical trial run. That film was then submitted to the Cannes Lions advertising festival. We had such a good time, and were awarded the Bronze Lion for Use of Co-Creation & User Generated Content.

Both the festival winning film, as well as my video documenting the trip can be viewed at the bottom of this post.

A bit of visa magic happened to get me into the country…


This was the crew involved in the early part of the project.

Here Carolina of BBDO managed the film crew in the Bar we took over to film the music and dancers.

The first is my video of the adventure, the second is that actual award winning film we created.

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Musical Duet Farm Table with twin xylophones!

A couple back East wanted a heftier table, so I custom built this farm table for them, complete with a lower shelf. Mallets included with every xylophone!

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Our Newest design, the Chime Table ~

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Visiting Guest Artist @ Occidental College

Musical Furnishings was very popular online this year, with Tweets from famous musicians and numerous reposts of our videos. On one of these moments of fame, a Dean at Occidental Collage in LA saw the designs and wanted me to come and speak to the music, art and engineering students of his school. Sophie and I went down and stayed on campus for a few days while we met with the students. The school also purchased three of my chime tables and carefully placed them throughout the campus. Employment opportunities for college graduates is constantly changing and the school wanted to show a more alternative way of going about it. I spoke about my self promotion and use of youtube videos to communicate what it is I do. I’ve had well over 400,000 views of self produced videos. In addition to that, by courting television and print media, I’ve been very successful in having my designs become actual content for these shows and publications, instead of traditional advertisements.

By having more of a say in my promotion, I ultimately have more control over who my clients are, and as most business folks will tell you, its all about the people. And I have had the great honor to create interactive designs for amazing people, and I attribute that to my DIY promotion.

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We stayed on campus, in this beautiful dormitory. To be honest, the palm trees never got old. Neither did the sun, or the buoyant, vitamin d brimming student body.

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These guys arranged to have super rad music house set up for that particular school year. They were fantastic. Some of the students we attempting to bring a musical instrument to market, so we had plenty to talk about.

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This was a shop open late in the surrounding neighborhood. Colorful place.

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Benny Greb Tweets about my designs!

This is a screen shot of the twitter post. You can see this video in our video section above.

Benny

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Many new table designs in our Etsy store.

etsy

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Speaking gig in Hong Kong~

I received a phone call from Wilson Chan of ZEntertainment of Hong Kong in the late winter. He was looking for a draw for the opening ceremonies, and felt that I was a edgy western designer, making designs in a new exciting way. I think he also saw that I enjoyed making videos, and might be up for a show. The mall was spectacular, with hi-end retailers as well as the prominent presence of large stores like Ikea and Restoration Hardware. They ordered a number of my pieces and flew me out for the ceremony. For over a week, I spoke on stage to audience, sometimes in the hundreds, about the designs and how I came to build them. I was interviewed over a dozen times by newspapers and magazines, and numerous television broadcasts. There was even a confetti canon. The celebration was a hit.

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Seth Godin ordered a rumba table!

After seeing the tweet by Benny Greb, Seth called me up and ordered a 3 x 3 rumba table. Very cool!

Seth

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