Sound and ce­ment

Stun­ning high-end speaker sculpted in con­crete

Esquire (UK) - - Style -

It’s fair to say Sir David Ad­jaye looks at things dif­fer­ently to most peo­ple. “My work is in­ter­ested in con­text, about the nar­ra­tive of space; their ge­ogra­phies, their his­to­ries,” he tells Esquire. That work in­cludes the No­bel Peace Cen­ter in Oslo and a $500m Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion mu­seum. But for his lat­est com­mis­sion he down­scaled. He’s de­signed a speaker. “Rather than re­spond­ing to a phys­i­cal con­text, the chal­lenge was to re­think what the core prom­ise of a speaker is, to re­cal­i­brate it for how peo­ple live today, em­brac­ing changes in tech­nol­ogy, do­mes­tic life and so­cial habits,” he says. This meant us­ing a con­crete com­pos­ite to cre­ate the MA770 for Mas­ter & Dy­namic. Since launch­ing in 2014, M&D has suc­cess­fully “dis­rupted” the au­dio mar­ket with rad­i­cal de­signs and left field col­lab­o­ra­tions. “We see our­selves as more than a tech com­pany, but a brand that fits in with the fash­ion com­mu­nity, the artist com­mu­nity and more,” its CEO Jonathan Levine says. “I reached out to David and the two of us bonded over our love of ar­chi­tec­ture and ma­te­ri­als. I couldn’t be hap­pier with the re­sult.”

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