Simple, great material usage and good performance these Ceramic Speakers by Joey Roth are perfect for pairing with an aluminum laptop, iMac, or similarly minimalist turntable. Made from porcelain, wood and cork, Roth chose the materials not only for the aesthetic appeal they add to desktops, but also because porcelain’s density and “acoustical deadness” rivals that of wood or plastic enabling the cone shape. The upshot contrasts the thoroughly contemporary mix of textures and colors with a four-inch silhouette that conjures gramophones of the past. San Francisco based designer Joey Roth blew our collective minds way back in 2007 with his conceptual Felt mouse. We hope to see some more beautiful work from this great designer.
Not minimalist, but I think you’ll enjoy the aesthetics: the Neo Gramphone. At the moment, The Neo Gramophone is just a sculpture. The idea is however to give it a speaker function, so you can hook it up to your computer, or to give it Bluetooth connectivity. The Neo Gramophone is the brainchild of German product design graduate Lars Amhoff, and his partner Christin Krause. The duo operates under the flag of The Substain. Their mottos are Quality over quantity and Art over empty design for the masses. Here’s what they say about the design: The Neo Gramophone is the image, simplicity and feeling of a traditional gramophone transported in the 21st century. I say: make it happen, guys!
This minimalist bluetooth mp3 speaker is designed by Lim Hyun-Taik from Korea, currently living and working in The Netherlands as a creative director and product designer. The Sound Pot is a very nice sculpture, made out of porcelain, and also a nice piece of audio equipment handling the user interaction in a very smart way. You can turn on the music by using the knob and place the speaker on its side. By rolling the speaker gently to one direction or the other you can control the volume. And when you have listened for a while and you want to turn off the music? Just take the knob and turn its face down.
These are the highly exclusive Gramophone speakers: 1.2 metres high, carbon fibre and high gloss black steel loud speakers, designed by Swedish audio company Aesthesis. Aesthesis was founded in 2006, as a reaction against the stereotyped and masculine consumer electronics industry. Instead, they seek to bring more avantgarde and sensual products to the market. The handmade Gramophone was developed together with Ergonomidesign, Eker Design and Carbocomp – the design companies behind Swedish supercar company Koenigsegg. Which may explain the super price tag: $85,000…
It doesn’t do anything more than amplify the sound coming from your player’s earbuds, it won’t produce sound louder than 55 decibels, and it doesn’t work well for electronic music, but what a beauty this is! The Phonofone II is an external speaker for your MP3 player, sprung from the mind of Canadian designer Tristan Zimmermann. And it’s entirely made out of ceramic! Oh mama.