Not just another loudspeaker
Published on December 16, 2015
The design of the L242 makes a clear visual statement, is reduced and focused on material and finish. Inspired by the “Folle”, an archaic sound object which has been used in the Swiss alps for centuries to call the “Alpsegen”, the basic cone shape is iconic and self explanatory.
Purpose and functionality is understood at first view. In contrast to many electronic products they wanted a 360° design being attractive from every side and therefore allowing this sound object to be placed everywhere in a living environment.
The design of the L242 is not only driven by the distinctive shape. As important for the appearance is the choice of materials. The combination of composite cement, wood, metal and fabric create a very sensual melange, nice in look and feel.
The contrasting of the used materials is part of the charm. The warm, irregular and rough material of the housing compared with the smooth, cool and delicate stand gives the product an unique visual character and haptic experience. This combination makes the product fit most modern living environments. A sound object which can be placed freely within any room in the house.
The main part of the housing is produced by Eternit Schweiz AG in Switzerland. By the most experienced craftsmen it is cut and shaped by hand. The traditional production method is based on the specific material properties, as well as the skill and experience of the employees in dealing with the material.
Not only the housing is handcrafted, but also many other components and assembling steps are full of manual work. The L242 Loudspeakers are designed, produced and assembled in Switzerland. This local approach in manufacturing leads to a total transparent production and a continuous quality control.
The Loudspeakers L242 are not faceless bulk goods, but rather handcrafted, premium products. This manual manufacturing method results in high quality and a natural variation of the surface finish, creating a series of unique objects.