Creating a new design classic seems an unlikely move for
a TV producer. But Peter Muxlow has always been obsessed with
loudspeakers. While creating drama and documentary programmes
over a career spanning 25 years, Muxlow also kept up his love
of loudspeakers by building them, and writing technical articles
for the American magazine Speaker Builder.
a kid he was a self-confessed nerd, and put together at 13
his first speaker housed in a concrete pipe and not
an outstanding success. He began his working life as a technician
with Radio New Zealand and then became a television producer.
But it was much later, after "the obligatory mid-life
crisis", that he decided to follow his dream to create
a set of small speakers with a high design content. As a result,
Muxlow spent two and half years perfecting the elegant Dome
speakers, in association with Ross Stevens whose work he saw
in a leading design magazine.
Stevens, who took off overseas after graduating from Wellington
Polytechnic in 1986 to work in England, Scotland, France and
Asia, says Muxlow is his favourite client. In a country better
know for its agricultural sprayers, it's a refreshing change
to design something more timeless he says, "to make products
with soul and character, something that will last well physically
and aesthetically." The Dome speakers are a far cry from
Steven's first project, a urinal for the New Zealand Defence
Forces ("my best and most comprehensive design yet!").
With typical Kiwi confidence, Stevens whose work since
has been exhibited and published internationally sent
his portfolio to Philippe Starck and subsequently spent a
year working with the designer on a range of television and
audio systems. He did design work for three other specialist
audio companies before returning in 1994 to teach industrial
design at Massey University's School of Design in Wellington