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Concrete Stereo

  • Object:

    Stereo system

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed)

  • Date:

    1983 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Arad, Ron, born 1951 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast cement, reinforced with aluminium mesh, with stereo system components of rubber, plastic, steel and electronics.

  • Museum number:

    W.7:1 to 6-2011

  • Gallery location:

    On display in Values of Design, Design Society, Shekou, China []

The Concrete Stereo, one of Arad's most important designs of the 1980s, is an iconic example of post-industrial aesthetics. With the realisation of electronics that were so small they no longer dictated the form of their housing, the production of home audio equipment became feasable, particularly as the parts could be bought as readymade elements. Arad chose concrete as the medium for this apocalyptic hifi, as a way of underlining its architectural character or to achieve a science-fiction look.

Physical description

Turntable deck, amplifier unit, two speaker towers and two shallow cone speakers all encased in housing of cement with aluminium mesh.

Place of Origin

London (designed)

Date

1983 (made)

Artist/maker

Arad, Ron, born 1951 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Cast cement, reinforced with aluminium mesh, with stereo system components of rubber, plastic, steel and electronics.

Dimensions

Height: 11.2 cm W.7:1-2011, Width: 50.1 cm W.7:1-2011, Depth: 47 cm W.7:1-2011, Height: 11.6 cm W.7:2-2011, Width: 50.8 cm W.7:2-2011, Depth: 45.7 cm W.7:2-2011, Height: 87.4 cm W.7:3-2011, Width: 20 cm W.7:3-2011, Depth: 20 cm W.7:3-2011, Height: 87.4 cm W.7:4-2011, Width: 20 cm W.7:4-2011, Depth: 20 cm W.7:4-2011, Height: 13.4 cm W.7:5-2011, Diameter: 14.1 cm W.7:5-2011, Height: 13.8 cm W.7:6-2011, Diameter: 14.1 cm W.7:6-2011

Descriptive line

Concrete Stereo, designed by Ron Arad, 1983

Materials

Cement; Aluminium; Plastic; Rubber; Steel; Circuit board

Techniques

Casting

Categories

Audio equipment; Product design; Electrical appliances; Entertainment & Leisure; Interiors; Household objects; Shekou; Values of Design; Design Society

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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