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Future Systems' Prague library likened to 'outer-space computer speaker'

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A hi-fi speaker company has pointed out the remarkable similarity of Future Systems' controversial Prague library scheme to one of its products.

Sound-system manufacturer and designer JBL has highlighted a number of 'similarities' between its Creature speaker (left) and the competition-winning library project (right) - a model of which recently won top prize at the AJ/Bovis Awards (Future Systems is a surprise winner at AJ/Bovis Awards).

According to JBL, Future Systems' design echoes the Creature's 'basic square base morphing into a round head'.

The unusual three-speaker computer system was designed back in 2000 and has been on the market worldwide since 2002.

Describing the approach to the design of the speaker, Kurt Solland, the vice president of industrial design for JBL, said: 'I wanted to make an impossibly small sculpture for your desktop.

'The imagination was that a bubble suddenly popped out of your desktop and became your little 'pet' from outer space.'

Future Systems' library scheme, which practice boss Jan Kaplicky claimed was inspired by sea creatures, caused an unexpected hoo-ha when it was first unveiled as the winner in the international contest back in March (Future Systems wins its first-ever Czech scheme).

However despite opposition in Kaplicky's homeland the project looks certain to be built, having already won the support of the library staff.

Kaplicky has not yet commented on the speaker design.

by Richard Waite

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