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Concrete Audio - Elegant Speakers Made of Cement, Sand and Water.

Concrete Audio is a Loudspeaker factory in Germany whose founders love music. They design and produce unique loudspeaker systems of timeless elegance and impressive dynamics - housed in, you guessed it, concrete. These speaker systems are produced in a limited edition in Germany.

The following information is from their website:
The Materials

Cement, water, sand are the essential ingredients of a material whose recipe was already known during the Roman Empire - concrete.

Refined by a variety of additional ingredients, concrete in modern times has evolved into a high-tech product with highly varied properties and applications. Resilient, durable, and pourable into almost any form and especially, largely resistant to vibration.

Concrete forms, by its very nature, the perfect base for the housing of our loudspeakers.

The curing process makes each a unique loudspeaker - identical in shape and surface quality, but individually in terms of the grain.

The surface provides for several options of sealing to emphasize the natural feel of the material.

The Idea

The idea of a housing made out of concrete came to us during a conversation about the ultimate sound for loud-speakers. We concluded: concrete is perfect yet hard to restrain. Thus an equally elaborate and passionate experiment began, executed and carried out by superb hand-craftsmanship and attention to detail.

After several years of development and numerous test runs, we finally found the ideal solutions for the design of the mold, the construction and the special mix of the materials and founded the Loudspeaker factory Concrete Audio.

The design of the model N1 consistently meets functional requirements without neglecting the demands of a timeless, aesthetic use of forms.

Each individual piece is worked on individually until it meets requirements for the highest quality.

The Sound
The sound of a loudspeaker driver (sound generator) decisively depends on the quality of the loudspeaker housing.

Unlike, for example, the body of a musical instrument, a good loudspeaker enclosure should not vibrate because modern high-performance drivers operate linearly, reproducing exactly the sound information, which electrically has been transmitted to them.

Commercial housing made of wood or plastic, have their own resonant frequency. Yet at certain points of frequency bands, the housing starts to oscillate, i.e. vibrate, and thus reinforcing exactly that particular frequency. Additionally, this phenomena forms integer multiples of this particular frequency creating additional vibrations (overtones). This facilitates unnatural changes of the overall frequency spectrum. The result is a distorted sound by means of basically, a flawed housing.

We manufacture the housing of our loudspeakers made from special concrete with a compressive strength of at least 30 N/mm². This is harder than conventional concrete curbs. The amorphous structure and the high specific gravity of this material reliably prevents oscillation of the housing. By means of a special casting process, the housing is cast out of one single body with all sides closed and sealed.

This monolithic structure is lined internally with different sound-dampening material made of tightening yet elastic layers to prevent any reflections.

For reasons of sound, we build our housing completely sealed and without a bass reflection-tuning. This way, we achieve an extremely low factor of distortion and superior accuracy even at very high levels.

The drivers, or undercarriage used, in addition to the characteristics of the housing, determine the quality of the loudspeaker-system decisively.

We use the Scan-Speak drivers.
The Danish company Scan-Speak is known worldwide for its high level of innovation and uncompromising quality. Their high-end drivers, built into our systems, are characterized by absolute accuracy and fidelity. This allows us to equip the signal path with a very small number of selected components. We use a 6dB filter of very high quality, fitted with copper foil coils and silver-gold capacitors.

The result is a largely loss-free signal path and a very direct control of the linearly coordinated and selected pairs of precision-drivers. Combined with our high-strength concrete housings, we produce a high quality loudspeaker system –

TECH­NI­CAL DATA for Concrete Audio® MODEL N1.
Housing: Concrete, monolithically poured
System: 2-way closed-box, passive
Frequency range: 34 Hz – 40.000 Hz
Power handling: 100 W
Sensitivity: 83 dB (1 W/1 m)
Total Harmonic Distortion:
< 1% bei 90 dB SPL (1 m) für f > 100 Hz
Nominal impedance: 4 Ohm
Crossover frequency: 6 dB/2,000 Hz
Ports Single-wiring/bi-wiring
Components: Scan-Speak, Kimber Kable, Mundorf, WBT
Dimensions: Height: 110 cm (43,3 in)
Width: 23 cm (9,1 in)
Depth: 33 cm (13 in)
Net weight: 80 kg (176 lbs)

The tech­ni­cal data of the Concrete Au­dio ® N1 is the re­sult of an ex­ten­sive acoustic sur­vey by the Fraun­hofer In­sti­tute for Dig­i­tal Me­dia Tech­nol­ogy IDMT, Il­me­nau. The data was charted us­ing a low re­flec­tion cham­ber of the Class 1 (ac­cord­ing to DIN EN ISO 3745) to Re­quire­ments of DIN 60268-5.

Convince yourself of the quality of CONCRETE AUDIO Loudspeaker-Systems and make an appointment for an exclusive listening-test of the N1 in our showroom in the city of the Classics, in Weimar. They offer you the opportunity to experience our loudspeakers in your own rooms.

Concrete Audio®
Eduard-Rosenthal-Str. 30
99423 Weimar

Telefon: +49 36422 20 48 51
Telefax: +49 36422 20 48 54

Six Spooky Halloween Ugly Dolls! Plush Loveable Universal Monsters.

Dracula. The Frankenstein Monster. The Bride. The Wolfman. The Creature from the Black Lagoon. The Mummy. Famous Monsters from Universal combined with David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim's Uglydolls and made into 11 inch tall Gund Plush loveable beasts are the perfect cuddly spooky Halloween item. And frighteningly affordable at $19.99 each.

Dracula Uglydoll Ice Bat:

$19.99, buy it here

Monsters Wolfman Uglydoll Ox:

$19.99, buy it here

Frankenstein Uglydoll Wedgehead:

$19.99, buy it here

Bride of Frankenstein Uglydoll Tray:

$19.99, buy it here

Mummy Uglydoll Babo:

$19.99, buy it here

Creature from Black Lagoon Uglydoll Big Toe:

$19.99, buy it here

All six as a set:

This case contains 6 individually packaged plush, and includes the following:
1x Dracula
1x Frankenstein Monster
1x Bride of Frankenstein
1x Wolfman
1x Creature From the Black Lagoon
1x Mummy
Price: $119.99, Buy it here

Environmentally Friendly Foosball With Flair. The 2Eleven Natural Is A Luxury Wooden Version of The Beautiful Game.

The ‘2eleven natural‘ brings the table soccer (or foosball as it's more commonly called in the U.S.) experience out of bars into the world of design hotels, luxury lofts and VIP lounges of modern soccer stadiums. Made in Germany and environmentally-friendly, the game table is crafted of maple and walnut woods and accented with fine leather and aluminum and can be outfitted with digital or analog monitor screens.

Playing Surface:
The playing surface has seamless lifted corners and side edges.

Hand Grips:
Elegant, ergonomically formed grips are a real pleasure to touch and the leather surfaces offer optimal hold and a perfect ball control:

The players, made of solid maple and walnut, underline the key concept of this premium table soccer. Their legs feature an intricate tread profile that provides the necessary grip for a fast-paced gaming experience.

Keep score with a fine aluminum-made counter.

Ball Lift:
The innovative aluminum-made "Ball Lift" can be activated after each goal scored. This feature catapults the ball into the middle of the playing field similar to slingshot of a pin-ball machine.

The main exterior part also includes four retractable wood and leather cup-holders to secure cold beverages:

The dynamic front boards with either an Analog or Digital display monitor give the table a distinctive appearance and offer the owner or sponsors the chance for exclusive presentations.

According to the customer ́s desire, the players can be delivered with either chrome or lasered numbers (numbers 1 to 11) on maple and walnut wood.

The table will be delivered fully assembled to your doorstep. Please check the dimensions specified on page 13 and make sure that the desired location for your gaming table is accessible before you submit a binding purchase order. Special shipping requests can be arranged for upon request. Additional fees may apply.

PRICE: 2eleven natural, premium pure = 8900€

Optional Accessory Pricing:
• Analog display monitor, DIN-A4 = 450€
• 15" digital display monitor = 580€
• Chrome finished numbers (1-11)= 250€
• Lasered numbers (1-11) = 290€
All prices incl. 19% VAT (for Germany), excl. packaging and shipping costs

The 2eleven Natural Premium Soccer Table can be purchased online here

Design studio: id Studioworks
Designer/ Creative Director: Michael Wanger
Designer: Franziska Wanger

Artist Will Cotton Styles Elle Fanning Deliciously For New York Magazine

In this collaboration between New York Magazine and artist Will Cotton (which originally ran in the 2013 February issue), actress Elle Fanning is made to look sweeter than she already does.

above left: Will Cotton's sketch of Elle fanning in headpiece, above right: Elle photographed by Will in the headpiece

In addition to being the photographer and stylist, Will Cotton designed many of the sets, accessories and clothes inspired by spring fashions by other designers. In his inimitable style, Cotton bathes actress Elle in whipped cream dresses, candy crowns and petit fours, just like he does in much of his other artwork and photography.

above: Whipped-cream dress sketch, oil on paper, Will Cotton, based on Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière, available at 138 Wooster St.; 212-206-0872.

For this project, Cotton, who describes himself as a “three-desserts-a-day kind of person,” used spring looks that had caught the eye of New York’s fashion director Amy Larocca, as well as a few that tickled his own fancy. He then reworked them using real materials whenever possible — cake, frosting, meringue, and homemade rock candy.

above: Elle Fanning in Gown by Marchesa, available to order by calling 212-463-8135.

above: Corset and earrings, Will Cotton, based on Dolce & Gabbana. Bodysuit, Dolce & Gabbana, available at 825 Madison Ave.; 212-249-4100.

above: Headpiece by Will Cotton.

above: Headpiece, Will Cotton, based on Alexander McQueen, available at 417 W. 14th St.; 212-645-1797. Gown, Marchesa.

above: Eyes, Will Cotton, based on Dior, available at

above: Bag, Reed Krakoff, available at 831 Madison Ave.; 212-988-0560.

above: Dress, Erdem and Will Cotton, available at

above: Shoes, Valentino Garavani, available at 746 Madison Ave.; 212-772-6969. Robe, Agent Provocateur.

above: Dessert skirt, ink on paper, Will Cotton.


above: Petits-fours-covered skirt, Thom Browne and Will Cotton, available at 100 Hudson St.; 212-663-1197. Shoes, Louis Vuitton.

above: Dress, Dior, available at 21 E. 57th St.; 212-931-2950.

above: Necklaces, Will Cotton, based on Chanel, original available at 15 E. 57th St.; 800-550-0005. Crown by Will Cotton. Swimsuit by Chanel.

above: Romper, Louis Vuitton, available at 611 Fifth Ave.; 212-940-4635. Ink on paper, Will Cotton.

above: Dress, Will Cotton, based on Derek Lam, original available at 10 Crosby St.; 212-929-1338. Lipstick, Candy Wrapper by Three Custom Color.

above: Dress, Marc Jacobs, available at 163 Mercer St.; 212-343-1490.


above: Bag by Will Cotton, based on Fendi, original available at 677 Fifth Ave.; 212-759-4646. Dress by Valentino.


above: Dress, Reem Acra, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave.; 212-753-4000.

above: Vivienne Westwood–inspired Will Cotton headpiece, original available at

A video featuring a Behind-the Scenes look at the photoshoot:

Read more about this project here

See more of Will Cotton's work here

all images courtesy of New York Magazine

A shout-out to my friend and artist Danny Heller for bringing this great work to my attention.

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