Studio and broadcast furniture specialist AKA Design, based in London, has completed a major project for MTV Networks’ new premises in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, supplying 16 desks. MTV Networks—home to MTV, TMF, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon—has moved to the vibrant NDSM area of the city, choosing this location because of Amsterdam’s diverse cultural scene, creativity and abundance of music venues.
AKA supplied a combination of playouts, audio, tracklay and editing desks to house two Digidesign D-Command consoles and a number of Avid editing platforms. The project was carried out in conjunction with the company’s Dutch dealer, Maartens S&V. All the desks were manufactured at AKA and shipped to the Netherlands where they were assembled and installed in three days. To lower the installation cost, two AKA employees attended the site and were assisted by the local install team.
MTV Networks’ VP of technology, Roderick Aal, first saw AKA’s furniture at MTV’s UK installation in Camden, which the company had worked on with Root 6 to provide a full turnkey update.
“We knew of AKA’s ability to build custom desks according to specs given by MTV, as several years ago some desks were installed into MTV’s Belgium office, and these have proved to be very satisfactory,” says Aal. “The interaction with AKA during the entire process proved to be very good, resulting in perfect, great looking desks for the technical department. The desks are easy to set up yourself and the custom colors and design fit perfectly into the style of the entire new premises.”