And I just received my numbered - 530 - copy today!
It is a beautiful book and I did what we all do, look at the pictures first and read a few articles, before digging deeper into the thick of it!
Only Focal made it to the book in terms of French manufacturers, with a very good interview of Jacques Mahul.
Cabasse is briefly mentioned in the "Oddities and Wonders" section! No trace of Elipson or Charlin, brands that were never exported to the USA and obviously of no or little interest to our American colleagues...
The book focuses mainly on famous American and British brands and is well structured, with many timelines and good stories, some unknown to me, like the fact that Lansing committed suicide over the threat of bankruptcy!
Beautiful photos and archival documents are smartly presented in a dynamic and clean format. I have started reading a few interviews of some of the still alive and famous designers and can't wait to go through all of them!
I will keep you posted on any other anecdote or piece of trivia that I will find interesting over the coming weeks.
Guess what: I got an email yesterday from Focal to update me on their new website address!. They also have revamped the website quite interestingly.
So here it is: www.focal.com
That's great news as the previous domain name (focal-fr.com) was obviously a bit parochial...
I wonder how much it cost to buy back this domain...
Anyway, this is great news and a tribute to the export success of the company.
I have also been enticed to post a link to more information on the Grande Utopia, than I am more than happy to give it to you: http://www.focal.com/en/home-audio-loudspeakers/utopia-iii.php.
There is also what we call a microsite dedicated to the Grande Utopia EM:
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