- Friso Wiersma
- Carmen Stoicescu
- Swedish House Mafia
How do you make a record player bold, yet simple and affordable enough to be fit to gift a friend? That’s the question engineer Carmen Stoicescu and designer Friso Wiersma sought to answer for IKEA and Swedish House Mafia’s OBEGRÄNSAD collection; resulting in the first record player from IKEA since 1973.
IKEA hosts a range of speakers that quite elegantly blend into home furnishing, but hasn’t made a record player for decades. Until now. Unveiled at this year's IKEA Festival in Milan, the collection is targeted towards those with a limited budget but unlimited creativity. and responds to the trend of making professional quality music at home.
OBEGRÄNSAD features three key products from the collection: a desk, an armchair, and a record player. Together, it has the versatility to offer solutions for the home setup, whether you are a music producer, DJ, or musician. It offers solutions for simply relaxing and listening to music. IKEA designer Friso Wiersma, explains:
We have added two speaker stands to the desk to bring the speakers to the ear level. We have also added a pull-out shelf below the desktop. This functionality allows you to have a midi keyboard, for example, in easy reach, while maximising space on your desktop.
Today you see a lot of slim record players that are almost trying to hide, but we wanted something very bold, and we wanted the record player to be a very physical manifestation of music.