Sound is a powerful mood booster, as important to the atmosphere at home as any rug, or art piece, or sofa.
Setting out to make great sound available for everyone, IKEA and Sonos has presented the first products in their SYMFONISK range.
With the SYMFONISK table lamp with WiFi speaker, IKEA and Sonos have created a great sounding, great looking piece of furniture that blends into the home in a new way, making it easier to furnish with sound.
Iina Vuorivirta, one of the designers of the SYMFONISK lamp-speaker at IKEA of Sweden, said: “We knew from the start that we wanted to challenge the traditional high-tech aesthetics.
“The lamp-speaker partly springs from the idea of the fireplace – one single piece that spreads warm light as well as sound.”
While IKEA stands for the home furnishing knowledge and the design direction, Sonos has contributed with their profound sound skills.
Iina said: “Our design had to be 100% true to the quality Sonos stands for, without any compromises. At the same time, we wanted to create something completely new.”
Tad Toulis, Vice President of Design at Sonos said: “Sound is a powerful part of our identity – whether it’s hearing your baby’s laughter or listening to that 80s hit your mom loved, it is a deeply emotional part of all our lives.”
“This partnership has always been about our two companies’ shared passion, values and knowledge.
“IKEA and Sonos recognise the importance of great sound and its potential to positively affect life at home for the many people.
“We set out to create products neither of us would or could develop independently.
“To this end, since music and light are both instrumental in creating a sense of place, we developed a product that can deliver both – the SYMFONISK lamp speaker.”
For IKEA, the sound venture is part of a bigger journey towards smarter homes that started with a wireless charging range in 2015 and that keeps progressing, one step at a time.
Björn Block, Business Leader for IKEA Home Smart at IKEA of Sweden, said: “Creating atmosphere and convenience are central in the creation of the IKEA Home Smart concept, and the SYMFONISK range are perfectly designed with that in mind.
“IKEA is always looking for ideas that improve life at home.
“By integrating technology with home furnishing products and solutions we can do that in an even better way.”
The SYMFONISK range is available from IKEA.com.