I haven't really formulated my thoughts on the subject properly yet, except to say that there might be something about the interface often being an extention of the product/activity being an extention of the brand being an extention of the user's aspirations? Not sure.
Anyway. Until I have something, here's a beautiful picture of some Braun/Rams style hi-fi equipment:
Via Wit & Delight
I think it might all be Rams equipment actually, that's a Vitsoe shelf isn't it.