Recently I completed my third book for my Publishing which is all about luxury goods products. The concept is very similar to my ‘Limited Edition Watches’ edition and features several unique products that have never appeared in print before. Even though most of the creations included are very exclusive, expensive and beyond the reach of most consumers (including myself) the focus was more about strong design. This is why I was particularly keen to promote the fantastic and innovative amplifiers by Kostas Metaxas.
Back in 2007 controversial British artist Damien Hirst created a unique artwork entitled ‘For the Love of God’. This unique piece essentially depicts a human skull, which is fabricated from Platinum, diamonds (8,601 VVS to flawless pavé-set) and human teeth (8,128 in total). Even though this luxurious sculpture only measures 171mm x 127mm x 190 mm it sold for a staggering amount of $100 million. On the back of this brands capitalized on its success and created their own gothic interpretations. I have written about numerous timepieces that have incorporated a skull into their designs but never an amplifier. This is why I was instantly intrigued when I first saw Kostas Metaxas new and exciting Marquis “Memento Mori“.
It is clear that Kostas Metaxas loves to push the boundaries of good design and that is evident in his previous creations. However, the Marquis is probably the most distinctive because of the skull shaped façade. Even though aesthetically this piece is striking it isn’t a case of style over substance. The amplifier delivers a beautiful sound quality normally found in much more expensive audio equipment. It also getting rave reviews from some of the world’s most discerning critics.