For any audiophile, the right speakers are of paramount importance - and they have to work aesthetically as well. American artisanal furniture makers Fern and Roby have come up the ideal solution with their Cube Speakers, crafted out of reclaimed beams from an old factory.
Based in an old warehouse in Richmond, Virginia, Fern and Roby specialise in giving new life to reclaimed materials. Industrial designer Christopher Hildebrand is the driving force, and he brings to each piece - whether it's benches, tables or their forthcoming record player - a commitment to producing pieces with what he calls "warmth and history".
The Cube Speakers are certainly rich in heritage. The heart pine from which each pair is constructed was salvaged from a 19th century factory. Native to North America, heart pine became so popular for construction that the tree became almost extinct.
Here the wood is given a new life. The hand-crafted enclosures, with their sense of the past, conceal innards which speak of the future. Audio engineers advised on how best to construct the inner "ports" best to project the sound, and each speaker is mounted on a recycled cast aluminium base.
High-end specialists MarkAudio were selected to supply the Alpair 7 Gold Drivers, praised for the frequency range they deliver for their small size.
Small enough to nestle wherever you want them, boasting a big sound and radiating an honesty of design, Fern and Roby Cube Speakers are a fusion of artisanal simplicity and current technology.
Retro-futurism for your bookshelf.