Photographs courtesy of IKEA.
Walking, waiting in line, and eating lunch are now all socially acceptable times to tap, click, and scroll. So it’s no surprise that we’ve thrown open the doors of our homes to integrated tech, too. Accordingly, Sonos and IKEA teamed up to release the two-product SYMFONISK collection: a table lamp and a bookshelf, each with embedded speakers that work over a home’s wireless network to deliver uninterrupted, high-quality audio streaming. The devices, launching this month and intended to work together as paired speakers or with a home theater system, are controlled via the Sonos app.
“We’re taking furnishing and technology one step further by actually building our sound into everyday home furnishings,” says Sara Morris, senior product manager for Sonos. “We knew from the start that we wanted to challenge traditional high-tech aesthetics,” adds Iina Vuorivirta, a designer of the SYMFONISK lamp. The team created both objects as elegant showpieces in contrasting light and dark colors that will complement any style of décor; the lamp’s sinuous glass shade is built to withstand even the deepest bass. Morris, underlining the importance of light and sound in the home and their impact on people’s moods, says she hopes Sonos will “democratize sound in the home. We know how transformative the experience of listening together can be.”