- Patrik Fuchs
Quite often, speakers become a design staple of living spaces. This is particularly the case when the design is a timeless classic and looks beautiful from every angle. When it comes to composing a home, people explore design differently to curate their space. As long as you carefully and intentionally select items that make you feel at home, you’re on the right track. Maybe it’s a lamp, a chair, or a speaker with music playing in the background. There’s no denying the importance that audio design can have on the ambience of a living environment. This is why we were immediately struck by the beauty of the Vonschloo L8 and L10 Loudspeakers designed by Swiss studio estragon led by Dirk Fleischhut and André Lüthy.
The design of the L8 and L10 makes a clear visual statement; it is reduced and focused on material and finish. Taking full advantage of the possibilities and properties of fibre cement, the designers were allowed to create a very compact and stylish speaker. The upright speaker body is elegant and robust at the same time, which contrasts well with the filigree stand.
As with any Vonschloo product we wanted a 360° design being attractive from every side and therefore allowing this sound object to be placed everywhere in a living environment.
The design of the L8 and L10 is not only driven by the distinctive shape. As important for the appearance is the choice of materials. The combination of composite cement, wood, metal, and fabric create a very sensual melange, nice to the eye and to the touch.
The decision to use composite cement was triggered by the fact that concrete is one of the best materials available for acoustic cabinets. But only the mix with fibres and air make it a usable. We invested a lot of time in exploring the possibilities of this interesting material before coming up with an appropriate design for the material involved.
The warm, irregular, and rough material of the housing in contrast to the smooth, cool, and delicate stand gives the product a unique visual character and haptic experience. It is in these design details that make the speakers suitable for almost any modern home interior.
The design goes beyond aesthetics and contributes enormously to the sound quality as well. The rounded cone shape gives great stiffness to the housing and avoids sound reflections. Combined with high performance components of the highest quality make the object sound neutral and allows for fatigue-free listening.
The Vonschloo L8 speaker is a two way system delivering a frequency response from 25-24'000 Herz. The closed cabinet design (Acoustic Suspension) allows the user to place the speaker freely, even close to the walls.
The L10 features the Rowen Linear Motion Transformer. This transducer for high and medium frequencies stays free of coloration and has a very natural sound. The Bi-Polar tweeter on the rear ads airiness and depth to the sound stage.
The difference between L8 and L10 lies in the drivers and sound concept. Both versions have simple high quality wire connectors which can be used for wire, spades, or banana plugs.