Stockholm-based sound specialist Transparent Sound released its first design, the Kickstarter-funded Transparent Speaker, in 2012 to widespread acclaim. Spurred on by its founders Per Brickstad and Martin Willers, Transparent Sound has since created a wider portfolio of designs and has collaborated with recording artists such as Britney Spears, Will.I.Am, Robyn and Snoop Dogg.
Central to Transparent Sound’s ethos is creating a more open, honest and sustainable business model that combats throwaway consumer culture. Using only the highest quality materials to craft each speaker, Transparent Sound’s designs are modular and repairable to make sure as few components as possible are thrown away. Furthermore, Transparent Sound encourages its speakers to be cherished for much longer than your average soundsystem by specially designing them with the capacity to be upgraded over time, rather than traded in for a newer model.
Showcasing an approach to design that was born out of a love for Scandinavian simplicity and functionalism. Transparent Sound aspires to create pieces that are interior design objects as well as great-sounding technology, and each speaker it designs is crafted to a standard that ensures it can be passed down through generations to come. Now, Transparent Sound’s limited-edition UPCRAFTED collection helps to showcase the work of some of Europe’s skilled craftspeople.
Limited-Edition UPCRAFTED Speaker Steel
One of a series of numbered limited-edition pieces, this steel UPCRAFTED Speaker has been designed by prestigious audio manufacturer Transparent Sound and handcrafted by blacksmith Jonas Majors in his workshop on the Swedish island of Mörkö.
The speaker has been pared back to include only the most essential elements and showcases the raw metal texture of aged steel that has been skilfully repurposed by Majors.
The speaker is Bluetooth-enabled and compatible with phones, tablets and computers, as well as Apple Airplay, Sonos, Amazon Echo and Google Cast. Offering premium sound thanks to its two 3-inch drivers, a 6.5-inch woofer and a class D built-in amplifier, the clean-lined design is finished with black metal accents.
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