'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
-'Hybrid' of unconventional materials
-'Hybrid' of product functionality
-'Hybrid' of period styles
I quickly focused on concrete and wood as it was a challenging yet interesting 'hybrid'.
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.
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