Brainchild of German designer Rafael Cichy, this ultra-modern media console made of moulded concrete isn't quite born to rock, but it's not far off.
Called Thorax, it's a customisable system made of spaced-out segments of concrete. Each section is 3 inches wide and made of concrete two inches thick. They come in different cross sections — O-shaped, E-shaped or C-shaped — and can accordingly be used for different functions. For instance, the E sections provide three storage levels, while the C-section can be used to home taller equipment.
Cleverly, the inter-connectors also come in different lengths, so that it's possible to make the structure curved by making connectors on one side longer than the other. Cichy explains:
Born out of the claim of offering fine consumer electronics a sound, vibration, yet elegant platform combines the thorax lowboard a modular installation concept with the highest design standards.
The three different elements in the basic forms of O, E and C can be combined individually and build open a variety of possibilities. Whether six, 10 or 15 members - easily the radial arrangement together with airy spaces raises the concrete from its conventional context and creates an intricate whole.