if I wouldn’t know what technical approach is hidden behind this ‘thing’ I would just say that it looks awful. but the ‘allegro crescendo’ (means lively and becoming louder) speakers by studio tord boontje are a scan of micro-scale objects put together to a functional cover. they are on display at the metropolitan works, creative industries centre in london, exhibition called ‘digital explorers’.
studio tord boontje has scanned real flowers, leaves and insects by using 3d scanning technology like non-invasive 3d scanning to capture the form of the original objects and direct metal laser sintering (dmls) to manufacture the pieces. for all that I still have an aversion to flower ornaments but I give them my credits for the diversity of innovative processes.
nickel plated nylon, stainless steel
some more pictures here