Austrian design house KMKG STUDIO in cooperation with speaker manufacturer Trenner & Friedl launched the worlds largest ipod dock, the itree. Itree is carved from a simple tree trunk, its rear-mounted speakers are pointed towards a wall to reflect the audio and the wood serves to resonate the sound in a similar fashion to a piano or violin, creating an optimum accoustic sound experience.
Currently the itree comes out in cherry, poplar or spruce. Carpenters in the Steirische Vulkanland region of southern Austria are employed to shape, hollow out and lovingly finish the trunk casing by hand.
Each itree is a unique creation, and as such carries a starting price of EUR 11,000 (US$14,982) – extra options include making the device compatible with Apple’s AirPlay wireless streaming technology, and a special version for the iPad.