Concrete: great for making pavements, patios and the occasional high concept, highly modern kitchen floor. But did you know that it’s also becoming increasingly important in the world of gadgetry? Read on for five eye-opening examples of how this building material is being put to stylish use in the tech world. Rock on.
Zeitgeistfactory iPhone 5 dock
This might be the perfect desktop accessory for anyone living in an underfurnished, artfully distressed Dalston loft. It’s incredibly simple: a piece of formed, polished concrete, set at an angle, into which an iPhone 5 can be slotted. It’ll stand in both landscape and portrait orientations, and costs a reasonable €30 (around £25).
You might not think that concrete is a particularly suitable material for speakers: it’s far too stiff to provide the resonance of wood or MDF, which will results in a “thinner” sound. Unperturbed, Israeli artist Shmuel Linski created these horn-shaped speakers from concrete, the design of which aids in creating a more natural sound: air is moved through a pipe almost a metre long from the driver at the top to the mouth at the bottom. They weigh 70kg apiece too, which should ensure the only vibrations you’re experiencing are good ones. In a Beach Boys sense.