Vonschloo L242 Speaker, a Swiss-Inspired Sound System

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The evolution of audio display spans history from the first bullhorn to modern earbuds and pocket speakers. While some designs today have become entirely unrecognizable in an increasing attempt to hide their function, the L242 communicates both audibly and visually. Created by Swiss design group estragon for VONSCHLOO, this exquisite speaker draws its inspiration from the “Folle,” a simple conical amplifier that has been used in the Swiss alps for centuries to call the “Alpsegen.” Self-explanatory in form, the reduced design maintains beautiful focus on material and finish. “In contrast to many electronic products we wanted a 360 design being attractive from every side and therefore allowing this sound object to be placed everywhere in a living environment.” Composite cement, wood, metal, and fabric provide both contrast and complement as they merge in this charming piece that would fit well in practically any modern living space. Easily adaptable, the loudspeaker can be configured either with a floor stand — inspired by the design of the 50s and 60s – or with a compact stand for shelf placement. Both the housing and numerous internal components are handmade in Switzerland by Eternit Schweiz AG for a local manufacturing approach that “leads to a total transparent production and a continuous quality control.” Yet despite their straight-forward methods, every L242 speaker remains entirely unique; they are not “faceless bulk goods,” but rather high quality, handcrafted products with natural surface variation. Each pair (that’s right, you get two) of stereo passive loudspeakers comes complete with gold platted binding posts and a stunning cord to match, a gleaming juxtaposition to the rough concrete surface. A sophisticated object that draws on the models of the past, the L242 is truly a celebration of modern design.

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

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