October 21, 2019

A music experience at the Harman Kardon Suites | Citation series


There are a few things that help me through the home makeover I started some months ago: the newly painted walls that are almost finished, the actual kitchen that is starting to take shape, a few styled corners, candles, a nice house perfume... and music!

A few weeks ago I became the proud owner of a next generation stereo smart speaker. It has a room-filling stereo sound and a rich bass, and I am totally honest with you when I tell you it has literally managed to bring music back in to my daily life. I have always loved listening to music, but being able to play my Spotify list on the Harman Kardon Citation 300 has even made me sing along to all of my favourite songs again! 

I teamed up with Harman Kardon on a recent trip to Berlin. During this trip, not only did I get to learn more about their new series, but I also got to experience their brand, and its new Citation series. Together with experts, partners and other online creatives from all over the world, we had an amazing 24 hour experience in Berlin at the Harman Kardon Suites. Imagine being in the middle of a renovation, and being invited by Harmon Kardon to step out of your messy home, to come stay in a beautiful hotel, engage with their beautiful sound and be pampered from start to finish!



The Symphony for the Senses - an evening that explored the interconnectedness of sound, smell, taste, touch and color - took place at the beautiful Hotel Stue in Berlin. It already started in the car on the way to the hotel, with music and chocolate. Using sound as its inspiration, different live performances, in collaboration with Harman Kardon Citation, awaited us.

After check-in there was time to view the spacious room, overlooking a green park, and a nice surprise awaited us in the room: A portable Esquire Mini speaker, perfect for bringing with me on my next travels. The evening started with welcome drinks, followed by the different experiences and a dinner by the well known Catalan Michelin star chef Paco PĂ©rez.

The ambiance was so nice and I was happy to see some familiar faces, and new faces. A great evening including a concert by Andra Day and different DJ's. Loving a bit of drama and blessed with a strong sense of imagination, I loved the evening from start to finish! The combination of movement, music and the various food experiences in the different suites was very special.






Symphony of the Senses
The Harman Kardon Suites event was a multi-sensory brand experience that showcased the essence of Harman Kardon through our five human senses: taste, touch, sight, smell, and sound. The design of the sessions was inspired by the Chinese essential elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water and a perfect combination of music, drinks and food: all special and delicious. To give you a small impression, more pictures of the event and the brand can be found on my Harman Kardon Pinterest board, and my Instagram stories.

The Yellow Suite

In small groups we were brought upstairs where we got to experience the Harman Kardon audio in several suites, through different performances. Against a backdrop of a Bedouin tent, we heard an a-capella welcome song, lead by awarded singer Angelica Monje Torrez. For this performance, the group combined poly-harmonic structures with traditional folk songs.




The Black Suite
From The Yellow Suite we were brought to the Black Suite. While a beautiful visual image of a cloudy sky and moon was shown, Maarten Vos combined traditional cello sounds with electronic techniques. All this while sipping smoked tea and tasting 36 month old balsamic with parmesan.

Experiencing all the different drinks and tastes was definitely something I loved. The smoked tea and parmesan especially, is a combination to remember and try out at home. I’m sure you agree that somehow, food can be a perfect match with the interior and scene.




The pink suite 
A graceful ballet by The Three Graces in a pink room. Fresh-cut pink roses on the bed, this was a beautiful room, filled with music and moves accomplished by Rose Lemonade, with shallot creamed sandwiches.



The blue suite
The Blue Suite is where we started our experience: The cutest small glasses ever, filled with violet champagne. Comfortable couches, shiny tables and a classical piano piece by Helena Basilova.



Fire in the Red room 
A spectacular last performance in the Red Room! A runway was created for Amber Noir & The House of Vineyard. A platform for the Dutch Ballroom scene to spread empowerment and fearlessness among those who don't meet society's expectations of beauty, gender and sexual expression. Accomplished by spicy drinks and bites!

In each suite we were surrounded by the Harman Kardon Citation speakers. Make sure you have a look at my Instagram stories where I uploaded some videos of the performances to get an even better impression!





Harman Kardon - Citation series
Back home my kitchen makeover is in full swing! I am looking back at a wonderful trip, enjoying the Harman Kardon Citation 300 that is connected to Google Assistant, which I am currently exploring on its full functions.

The set-up was really easy and, since I always keep an eye on the aesthetic view of everything that comes into my home, I'd say the speaker is also aesthetically pleasing: Premium blended wool made by Kvadrat - dirt repellent, flame retardant.

For over 65 years for Harman Kardon has been dedicated to delivering luxurious audio experiences that allow us to feel the music and immerse them in the moment. I remember our first computer speaker set being by Harman Kardon! Harman Kardon Citation is the ultimate expression and is the worlds first truly premium product of its kind. With different speakers from the small Citation ONE to a bar for our television to complete Harman Kardon Citation towers. Harman Kardon Citation brings a multi-room sound experience in our home by adding more powerful speakers, allowing us to play the same music or different music in different rooms for superior multi-room sound experience.

Find all specifications that makes the Harman Kardon Citation series unique here in English and in Dutch here.


This blogpost is written in collaboration with Harman Kardon  
Pictures ©vosgesparis except for picture 3/7/9/10 by Harman Kardon