'Explore“Hybrid”'.

 

'Concrete and Beech Wood Speaker Cabine't was formed from a long exploration of material hybrids. Semantically the wood is organic, soft and warm. In stark, engaging contrast to the man-made, hard and muted concrete. 

The speaker cabinet application of this hybrid was driven by the intriguing acoustic properties of concrete. The design pictured was hand made by myself.

Completed as a project for Leeds College of Art  // 2013

 
 

 
 

Initial Directions

-'Hybrid' of unconventional materials

-'Hybrid' of product functionality

-'Hybrid' of period styles

 
 
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 Wooden chips in cast chambers (experimenting with density of chips)

Wooden chips in cast chambers (experimenting with density of chips)

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I quickly focused on concrete and wood as it was a challenging yet interesting 'hybrid'. 

 Unsuccesfful mix of concrete mixed with Indian Ink

Unsuccesfful mix of concrete mixed with Indian Ink

 
 
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 Unsuccessful cast of concrete because the interior mould and exterior mould didn't account for the needed wall thickness

Unsuccessful cast of concrete because the interior mould and exterior mould didn't account for the needed wall thickness

 
 
 
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The product application for the wood and concrete hybrid was found in the interaction between using these raw and industrial materials with high tech, sophisticated audio equpiment - yet another hybrid.

 
 
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With the brief requiring a physical product to be hand-made there was lots of experimentation in the workshop to achieve the desired outcome. [Right] tilting the boring sander bed to create the interior angles on the front wood loop. [Below] the casting of the speaker cabinet

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 1. Modelling foam sculpted to the intended cabinet shape (half)

1. Modelling foam sculpted to the intended cabinet shape (half)

 2. Vacuum form of the foam with clay layered up to form the wall thickness of the final piece

2. Vacuum form of the foam with clay layered up to form the wall thickness of the final piece

 3. Plaster cast of this new interior void

3. Plaster cast of this new interior void

 4. Vac-form of the interior plaster void

4. Vac-form of the interior plaster void

 5. Both the interior and exterior mould vac-forms ready for casting

5. Both the interior and exterior mould vac-forms ready for casting

 6. Final concrete piece for the cabinet (half) [process repeated for the other half]

6. Final concrete piece for the cabinet (half) [process repeated for the other half]

 
 
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