Designed for vinyl record listeners.
By vinyl record listeners.

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ONCE UPON A TIME...

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When I was a kid, my dad had a Technics turntable in our living room and I was fascinated by those big black circles of sound (though my brother and I couldn’t put our hands on them). In the 80’s I watched the hip hop and turntablism movements explode. Eventually, I bought my first pair of Technic 1200’s and have been obsessed with vinyl records ever since.

With a background in art and design, I’ve also been obsessed with the large format of vinyl and its ability to showcase some truly amazing artwork. Nowadays with the increased production of uniquely colored vinyl records, I wanted a better way to showcase not just the beautiful album art, but the vinyl itself. 

Nothing on the market existed so in 2015 I began prototyping. From handmade cardboard models to acrylic layering on the laser printer, to fully functional demos on the 3D printer, the evolution of Record Props was a long and trying process. As a designer by trade, my perfectionist mentality led to a multi-functional product with the level of quality and intricate details I came to expect from the products that have always inspired me. After hundreds of prototypes and ton of trial and error, the first version of Record Props was born and later launched on Kickstarter in 2016.

Now, through an amazing network of talented designers and engineers, we’ve continued to improve on the original concept and we've been developing the annual GIVE PROPS exhibition as well. Record Props started as an idea to solve my own challenge, and it’s turned into a product design I continue to use every day alongside a growing community of art and music enthusiasts. Thanks to everyone who has helped support the development, and thanks to the glorious power of the internets, I’m so glad I can share Record Props with the world. I hope you love it as much as I do.

- Tim DeSilva
  Founder | Vinyl lover | Friendly human


About the creators

  Tim DeSilva  has a formal education in Art and Design, and is co-founder of the branding agency,  Culture Pilot . He's led a professional career building on passions in user-centered design and technology for over 20 years. Tim’s a pretty optimistic guy, a music fiend, and typically doesn't speak in third person.

Tim DeSilva has a formal education in Art and Design, and is co-founder of the branding agency, Culture Pilot. He's led a professional career building on passions in user-centered design and technology for over 20 years. Tim’s a pretty optimistic guy, a music fiend, and typically doesn't speak in third person.

  Sean Harkins  has a formal education in Industrial Design and is founder of Night Owl Product Design. His applied knowledge within the industrial manufacturing environment focuses on improving the speed, safety, and cost of manufacturing. Sean excels at helping creative minds bring their concepts to market. This guy is legit.

Sean Harkins has a formal education in Industrial Design and is founder of Night Owl Product Design. His applied knowledge within the industrial manufacturing environment focuses on improving the speed, safety, and cost of manufacturing. Sean excels at helping creative minds bring their concepts to market. This guy is legit.


The Community

Celebrating Art & Music as far as we can reach, Record Props are shipping across the world. Tag #RecordProps on Instagram and discover who is propping vinyl near you.


Supporting Organizations

Record Props originates from Houston, TX with love and creativity from the fine folks at: