Transparent Speaker Can Blend into Any Decor

Investing in a pair of speakers isn't just about sound, it's also about how the system complements your entertainment set up. With a transparent speaker, you'll never have to worry about it fitting in. People People, a Swedish design firm, has created Speaker (the name, like the product, is clearly an understatement). Here's People People's [...]

Investing in a pair of speakers isn't just about sound, it's also about how the system complements your entertainment set up.

With a transparent speaker, you'll never have to worry about it fitting in. People People, a Swedish design firm, has created Speaker (the name, like the product, is clearly an understatement). Here's People People's explanation for the prototype:

There's a war going on in the living rooms of the world – the never ending battle between home electronics and interior design. It might be the huge TV that really doesn't work with the nice old cupboard, or maybe the heaps of cables that for some reason needs to connect to our stereo system. Just making it all connect in the right way is tricky enough. Making it blend in often feels impossible unless we would build it into our walls. The thing is, hiding stuff behind walls is both expensive and difficult, and a lot of people actually want their hi-fi stuff to be visible.

In concept, the firm ships the speaker in a small, flat package that is assembled at home "IKEA style." The glass components will be ordered through a local glass repair shop closest to the customer. "In that way the speaker reduces shipping with up to 90%, and supports local handicraft in one go. A very economical and ecological solution," says People People. Furthermore, components that break first, in this case the rubber ring and speaker cone, can easily be replaced, ultimately reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

Speaker is not available for purchase yet, but People People welcomes you to drop a line if you'd like to be kept up to date on its development.

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