THIN-WALLED COVER PLATE FOR AN ELECTRIC SWITCH NIKO BELGIUM

The present invention relates to a thin-walled housing for an electric or electronic device that is made of lightweight composite concrete and has a thickness of between 1,5 mm and 15 mm.

Contemporary interiors more and more require modern finishing of electric or electronic devices, for example, cover plates for electric or electronic installation material such as switches, sockets, USB connectors and the like. One of the popular materials therefore is concrete. However, when thin housings are required, there is a high likelihood that these housings crack, burst or even break when forces are applied to it, for example, when installing or using it. This is because cement concrete can only withstand a very limited amount of tension stress. Such tension stress is induced by pulling, bending or torsion.

Solutions have already been provided: The cover plate is made of cement concrete and comprises a thin metal plate completely covered by the concrete in order to make it stronger. Two different materials are used and the metal plate has to be embedded into the concrete material.

It is an object of embodiments of the present invention to provide a thin-walled housing for an electric or electronic device that has a concrete look and feel but that is also strong and flexible and does not break or burst when applying forces to it.

Client:
NIKO Belgium

Related services:
patent protected research and development
serial production - exclusive supply

Concrete in numbers:
60.000 pcs per year

Photography: courtesy of NIKO

LANDMARKS COLLECTION FOR HEM

An architectural twist on functional accessories, reimagined in stylish concrete. Subtle in colour but crisp in the sense of a Klemens Schillinger’s Landmarks collection evokes a certain understated cool. Perfect for those who want dimensions to rule style: each step is an extruded offset of the footprint that comes before it.

A winner of multiple awards, Schillinger has worked on projects for Airbus, RIM-Blackberry and Kvadrat, among others. His work boasts a clarity of form, seen in all his simple yet poetic products.

The Landmarks bowls, available in two sizes, offer a geometric take on everyday organisation. Available in pastel green, anthracite, or light grey.

The main challenge of the development was to provide the best solution for the accuracy in that shape of sharp edges and the colour consistency in such small scale yet mass prodocuced item.

Concrete in numbers:
900 pcs / month

 
 

AEROM CONCRETE SOUND

”I listen to these speakers at home – I can’t imagine this world without music, and my world without the best possible sound.” Sargi

Lifestyle goes High End: audiophile speaker system design and sound engineering by David Jankovits and Andras Ivanka.

The cabinet: including the bass-reflex port the cabinet is entirely made of one single piece moulded concrete. Except for the removable bottom plate, there are no joints of panels. The wall thickness varies from 18mm to 30mm to ensure non-parallel walls on the inside thus minimising the effects of standing waves within the cabinet. A rigid bracing located at various places further strengthens the rigidity of the enclosure.

The drivers: the 8 inch bass driver is taken from Peerless HDS Exclusive series. This loudspeaker features a Nomex diaphragm, aluminium phase plug and utilises copper to minimise distortion. The phase plug eliminates compression under the dust cap and serves as heat sink for the coil to reduce power compression. The aluminium phase plug and the aluminium shorting ring eliminate motor distortion in the driver. An injection moulded aluminium basket minimises resonances within the driver unit itself. The largest possible openings on the back ensure no compression interferes with the diaphragm. The surround is made from SBR rubber because of the possibly high varience in operating temperature, low creep and long term reliability. The size of the cabinet and the bass reflex port was designed to work perfectly together with this unit.

Technical specifications:
- 3-way dynamic loudspeaker system
- moulded concrete cabinet
- frequency range 29Hz-30kHz (bass reflex port open)
- divider network: @350Hz (2nd order)
and @3800Hz (4th order)
- nominal impedance 8 ohm
- music power handling approx. 150W each
- sensitivity 89dB/2.83V/1m

Dimensions: 1000x250x320mm
Weight: 70kg

Related services:
research and development
limited edition manufacturing

SEEYOU GRAVESTONE
DESIGN BY AKOS MAURER-KLIMES & PETER KUCSERA

„ No matter how and where we choose or happen to be laid to rest, however, good design could benefit us all dead or alive “

It’s not very distant past, death was a taboo subject even among developed societies. By insulating themselves from death the living deprive of opportunities to be better prepared to face their own mortality. Death is one those subjects people tend not to like talking about, however it still comes to us all in the end. Tombstones haven’t changed much over the last few centuries, that is until now with some moves to shake up the architecture and design of death. Death used to be a nice line of work for architects. It generated the tombs and pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal and countless other magnificent structures. The great achievements of modern architecture and design have brought stunning forms to our built environment u2010 yet these qualities often seem to have kept away from the objects and spaces and for burial. The living want new houses, new spaces, new furniture, new objects of desire, they don’t want to bother much with the dead.

Embracing a 21th century taboo subject with AFTERLIFESTYLE – universally speaking spiritual design that transcends life – SEEYou as the first contemporary gravestone design made its debut at MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2009:


HERE COMES THE DESIGNER GRAVESTONE

”In its constant quest for the freshest, sexiest, most age-defying products, the design world takes little time out to contemplate mortality. But having queued for a playful bounce on the show’s hippest chair, visitors to this year’s Milan Design Fair were brought up short. Sombre crowds gathered respectfully around the Seeyou gravestone, designed by Akos Maurer Klimes and Peter Kucsera, both 29, for Hungarian concrete company Ivanka.”

Helen Brown, Guardian UK