January 11, 2013


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Inhabitat LogoSpecimen’s Hand-Crafted Horn Speakers Are Made from Recycled Newsprint and Dryer Lint
by Lea Stewart

Below is an excerpt from a feature about Specimen at inhabitat.com, a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.


Specimen Custom Horn Speakers featured on inhabitat.com

Founder of Chicago-based Specimen Products, Ian Schneller, and his team craft unexpected materials like dryer lint and recycled newsprint into sonically wonderful and highly sculptural horn speakers. These amazing sound vibrators are showing up on stage with indie music artists like Andrew Bird, table-side at the hangouts of Chicago’s most serious foodies, and winning space inside modern art museums and the tech-geek offices of Instagram. We recently spoke with Schneller to get the inside scoop on how Specimen’s speakers buck the electronic trends for miniaturization, high wattage output and planned obsolescence.