Project Description

BOOMBOX – DJ BOOTH & DRINKS BAR

PROJECT CLIENT

EPH Studios has designed and built thousands of products for Event Prop Hire but every now and then one comes along that is extra special. The Boombox DJ booth and drinks bar is one of those. It has featured multiple times on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and taken centre stage at hundreds of events all over the UK. In 2019, the Boombox won a Gold Muse Design Award and in early 2020 we produced a specialist model for Cirque De Solei as part of a new show.

Event Prop Hire rent the Boombox to clients for events and it is an extremely popular and unique product. EPH Studios have built a full stock for Event Prop Hire with 4 different colour schemes. These are retro blue, old school black, metallic gold and glowing fluorescent.

Although EPH Studios and Event Prop Hire are both part of the EPH group, when we design and build a product for Event Prop Hire, they become the client. As the client they represent the UK events industry, this is something we take seriously, and our aim is to produce a successful product for them. Just as we do for every client, we take the time to understand the needs and define the brief.

Event Prop Hire have 15,000 products crossing over 150 themes. Each theme needs a selection of ‘showstopper’ props that are exciting, fun and premium. These are the high-end products that provide the best rental yield.

Event Prop Hire have 15,000 products crossing over 150 themes. Each theme needs a selection of ‘showstopper’ props that are exciting, fun and premium. These are the high-end products that provide the best rental yield.

We started this just like we do with all our product designs, the discovery phase. Working with the shareholders and stock development team at Event Prop Hire we obtained the knowledge we needed to understand the scope of the product. This included elements such as the potential themes the product would need to work with as well as the types of events it would be used in. The theme helps define the aesthetics of the product with the main aim, the better it looks, the more rentable it is! We produced numerous concept designs, experimenting with form and mashing up Boomboxes of the 80’s and 90’s. As the design developed it started to become clear that we had designed something special.

We started this just like we do with all our product designs, the discovery phase. Working with the shareholders and stock development team at Event Prop Hire we obtained the knowledge we needed to understand the scope of the product. This included elements such as the potential themes the product would need to work with as well as the types of events it would be used in. The theme helps define the aesthetics of the product with the main aim, the better it looks, the more rentable it is! We produced numerous concept designs, experimenting with form and mashing up Boomboxes of the 80’s and 90’s. As the design developed it started to become clear that we had designed something special.
A core part of Event Prop Hire’s business model is that they offer their products with full installation but also on a ‘dry hire’. This means the client will assemble their rental products without help from the Event Prop Hire team. So, an important area we cover with Event Prop Hire products is we design them ‘tool free’, working with simple integrated fixings. Size matters too, all products need to break down in parts that can be easily transported through a standard single door, this ensures they full accessible to any rental customer. You can assemble the 8 manageable parts of the Boombox in under 3 minutes and only 7 steps!

The life of an Event Prop Hire product can be rough, so we must make them tough! The Boombox may only be at an event for one night but in the process travel over 300 miles in the back of a tightly pack van, then do it all again on the way back. We designed and built the Boombox to be very durable, easy to repair and efficient to maintain. Every product that is hired from Event Prop Hire is quality checked and where required repainted. At EPH Studios we designed the Boombox to make this easy and straight forward, guaranteeing that it always looks its best.

At EPH Studios we always look for that hidden potential, with the Boombox we found this with lighting. We integrated a bespoke lighting system designed for inclusivity and impact. The lighting system can work by DMX for AV contractors but also it has the unique function of an integrated microphone that bypasses DMX. This microphone responds to vibrations made from the bass by nearby music speakers, this allows you to wirelessly change the lighting to the beat of the music with nothing more than a phone. This makes the product perfect for not only large high budget events but also smaller events, even house parties! Check out the demo video to see the awesome effect in action.

The Boombox product is available to purchase from EPH Studios, get in touch for more details. Alternatively, you can hire one of the existing units for your event from Event Prop Hire.

An Award Winning Result

In 2019, EPH Studios received a Gold Muse Design award for the Boombox.

Find out more here.