Sondek LP12-50 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the most iconic product in hi-fi history. This limited edition turntable was designed with our friends at the creative collective LoveFrom.
Sondek LP12-50 produces the best vinyl playback performance Linn has ever achieved, alongside the immediately recognisable and iconic design language of Sir Jony Ive and his team at LoveFrom, applied in key visual and tactile interfaces.
The sonic improvement comes by way of Linn’s all-new Bedrok™ plinth technology; formed of orthogonal layers of beech placed under extreme pressure to create an entirely new, solid and massive material. The consequent ultra-dense wood has negligible resonance and offers a superior isolating housing for the turntable’s mechanism.
LoveFrom has applied their design expertise to the new, precision-machined power/speed control button and hinges – providing delightful and precise interaction with the turntable. Further aesthetic refinements to the classic Sondek LP12 form have been made with deep respect for the quality and integrity of the product.
The combination of performance, usability, and aesthetic improvements result in an historic piece with unrivalled sonic quality and beauty. Only 250 of these limited edition Sondek LP12-50s will ever be produced – with each bearing an embossed aluminium plaque celebrating this landmark collaboration with individual numbering.
Sad People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films
Vol. 2, 2019
The long-awaited follow-up to Benjamin Critton’s canonical broadside Evil People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films (2010), this second entry in the series explores Hollywood’s tendency towards housing unhappiness and melancholy inside some of its most beloved modernist abodes. Is modernism a prison for the depressed?
From Colin Firth’s existential crisis in John Lautner’s 1949 Schaffer Residence (in Tom Ford’s A Single Man), to investigations of a family in Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm slowly falling into chaos in New Canaan – home of the Harvard Five’s domestic modernist experiments – the perceived sterility of the modern movement has frequently been used by the movies as an aesthetic shorthand for tragic protagonists.
With essays by Erik Benjamins, Andrew Romano, Adam Štěch, and Mimi Zeiger
Edited and designed by Benjamin Critton Art Department
Published by Surplus Surplus Surplus
First edition, 2019
Printed in a limited edition of 2000 copies
24 pages, full color, heat-set web lithography, 11.5 × 15 in.