At BDI, great design is our calling card. We take pride in creating award-winning contemporary furniture that is elegant, timeless, and just as important, functional.

And we’ve got the accolades to prove it.

In both 2016 and 2017, we took home not one, but two coveted Pinnacle Awards, which recognize excellence, innovation, and originality in the practice of furniture design. We’ve also been recognized by the Contemporary Design Group with the Edward Haimsohn Award for design excellence.

However, when it comes to our products, there is more to them than meets the eye. There is no limit to what our designers can sketch out or create in a CAD design, but it doesn’t mean much unless someone can figure out how to bring those designs to life.

CEO Bill Becker and President Lorri Kelley accept the 2017 Pinnacle Awards for the Duo Pedestal Desk by Matthew Weatherly and the Elements Media Collection by Al Glass and Jason Guidry.

I was drawn to BDI because the company never shies away from innovative ideas.

Prithvi Kumar

That’s where engineers like Prithvi Kumar, our Product Development Manager who joined the company in 2017, come into play.

“I was drawn to BDI because the company never shies away from innovative ideas,” said Kumar. “Working with our designers to do things that have never been done in this industry is why I enjoy coming to work each day.”

And BDI has certainly made its mark on the world of furniture design

Features that help extend the life of electronics come standard in all our media furniture designs. 

Innovative features such as: 

  • Hidden wheels - which make it easier to move furniture around the house - and levelers for improved balance
  • Adjustable shelves that allow customers to easily fit all of their electronics and grow with future needs  
  • Cable management that helps hide unseemly wires and cables 
  • Flow-through ventilation that keeps expensive gadgets and components cool 
  • Removable back panels to make it easier to access the rear of components. 

BDI was the first to offer all of these as standard features.

Others followed.

“In this business, you have to be attuned to the needs of your customers,” said Kumar. “TV’s are getting larger and components constantly change in size. People expect more options when customizing their furniture. Success requires us to be leaders in this space.”

Ultimately, design and engineering go hand in hand. Before our products make it to the homes of consumers, months are spent designing and defining each detail and ultimately creating a piece of furniture consumers will be happy with for years to come.

During this #engineersweek, we celebrate the men and women that make our products exceptional every day.

Prithvi Kumar, Product Development Manager for BDI