- Philipp Emrich
Conceived by industrial designer Philipp Emrich, Agnes is a brutalist desk speaker that is inspired by the distinctive Gallery St. Agnes in Berlin, Germany. A former church designed by urban architect Werner Düttmann, it is now home to Johann König's innovative art gallery. From the outside, it looks like a grey geometric volume; next to it stands linearly the bell tower with an unusual white cubic hat. And it is this feature that introduces the connection between the gallery and the speaker designs.
Agnes consists of two pieces: a main speaker with 360 sound, the bell tower, and a detatchable bass box. Audio can be streamed via AirPlay, Bluetooth, or via the USB-C connection in the front of the speaker. The port can also be used for charging devices.
The lower knob on the main speaker controls volume, the top knob controls the distribution of the 360 sound. Music can be directed either to the front, the front and sides, or the front, sides, and back. The knob on the bass box controls the amount of bass.