Elekit tube amp

September 15th, 2010


Even though this tube amp was originally featured in Dezeen last year, it recently made an appearance in Notcot and was so striking I just had to share it.

Back in 2008 Japanese designer Koichi Futatsumata, founder of Case-Real studio, was commisioned to design a tube amp for Elekit Japan whose company develops numerous electronic amplifier kits targeted at both children and adults. The request was for Case-Real studio to design an amplifier marketed to a younger generation who are novice about tube amplifiers, but are naively interested in the charm and atmosphere created by one.

The result is a strikingly minimalist masterpiece which begs the question: If you commission an amazing design firm to make a prototype for your company, why doesn’t it go into production?

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