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- My favorite home piece is Article’s Candra Oak Media Unit. I use it as both storage and a TV stand.
- It has four compartments to hold many items, which are hidden by the lovely woven rattan doors.
- Considering its quality construction and the fact that it arrives assembled, it’s priced exceptionally well at $1,099.
Over the past year, if there’s one thing I could expect when having a guest over for the first time, it’s an exclamation along these lines: “Wow, I love your media console!”
And unlike a relationship past its honeymoon stage, I’m still giddy and very much in love too.
This object of everyone’s affection is the Article Candra Oak Media Unit ($1,099), a boho-style living room piece that, surprisingly, appears to be one of the lesser purchased, lesser reviewed items on the popular online furniture store.
The Candra Media Unit is a breath of fresh air for shoppers who want something different from (albeit popular) modern and midcentury modern options on the market.
This light, organic design is beginning to rise in popularity. Many designer brands make similar credenzas that carry higher price tags, from Selamat Designs’ Stockholm Credenza ($2,895) to Ballard Designs’ Grove Console ($2,299).
The Candra unit measures 21″H x 63″W x 18″D. Although it’s not made entirely from solid wood, it does have the appearance of solid wood. It’s made from solid oak, rubber wood, natural cane rattan, MDF, and oak veneer.
According to Article, the door frames, base, and interior structural pieces are made from solid oak and rubber wood, while the top, side, and back of the unit are made from MDF and oak veneer. There’s also a black version made from American ash.
The weave on the console gives it a breezy boho look, but the holes aren’t big enough to reveal the objects sitting inside.
A light rattan weave wraps the body of the console, hiding away unsightly electronics and objects. At the same time, it offers an airy, open look and a beautiful natural texture you won’t find among many of the cold, hard, and dark edges of many media consoles.
The unit’s two large doors open into a deep, spacious interior separated into 4 compartments.
Hidden behind the doors are all the things I might need to access while hanging out in my living room. They fit no shortage of stuff, and they keep all my miscellaneous belongings and entertainment items neat and tidy. Unfortunately, the shelves are built in and cannot be moved or reconfigured.
It’s obviously up to you what you keep in there, but I personally store all my art supplies, books large and small, vinyl records, portable speakers and other small tech, a seat warmer, and card games.
In case you’re storing electronics that must be plugged in, you can thread the cord through the holes in the back of the unit.
Though I don’t use it currently, it’s certainly a thoughtful and practical design element.
If assembling furniture and lifting heavy things sounds like your worst nightmare, you’ll gravitate toward this piece.
There’s no assembly required and Article’s delivery team will bring it right up to your door, placing it in the room and position where you’d like it. From there, it’s ready to start using immediately. Note that the unit weighs 107 pounds so if you would like to move it later, it’s best to have two people to do the job. That being said, it is possible (though a bit more tiring) to slide it from place to place yourself.
The materials are sturdy and long-lasting too. If you’re moving, you won’t have to worry about the chipping of cheap finishes, and every component of the piece, from the rattan weave to the door hinges, still looks as good as new, one year after getting the console.
Care, return policy, and warranty
The Candra Media Unit is very easy to take care of. For dust or spills, simply spot clean with a damp cloth — no chemical cleaners. Other than wiping it down once in a while, there’s nothing much to it.
In case you don’t love the piece after trying it out in your home, Article has a 30-day return policy.
Article also offers a one-year warranty for “defects in materials and workmanship,” according to its website. Depending on the issue, their team will provide replacement parts, repairs, or complete replacements.
The bottom line
I’m slowly starting to invest in and prize my lifelong home pieces. This media console from Article is one of them, and I can’t wait to bring it along with me to my new apartments and homes. While its style might be specific and not for everyone, its practicality is universal. I know that whether I use it as a TV stand, hallway storage, or bookcase, it’ll have plenty of space to hold everything I need.