Wireless speakers are becoming more and more popular as younger generations are growing up streaming music online, rather than buying LPs (which have actually made a come back) or CDs. Most wireless speakers on the market follow the same aesthetics: soft, rounded, sleek, minimal. They are unassuming oval or small cylindrical objects that fade away into the mess of one’s household.
San Francisco based industrial designer Osagie Igbeare has created a concept for a wireless speaker that strays from the usual formula. Fuyuu draws inspiration from Japan’s extensive aesthetic traditions, specifically the concept of shibusa. The speaker design resembles a multi-faceted tower, its repetitive planes recalling elements of Japanese architecture. Fuyuu is neither ostentation, nor does it completely disappear into its surroundings. It has presence. It is finished with subtle bamboo and high-quality Kvadrat fabric over the speakers, which are installed on two sides. Thirteen speakers in total ensure a quality immersive sound experience. Fuyuu is charge via a bespoke inductive stand and can synch to all popular music streaming services, creating a streamlined intelligent listening experience that combines all data into the Fuyuu digital environment. A speaker designed with tech-loving millennial in mind, it would fit into a range of interiors.
Igbeare has been working his way around the start up scene after graduating from Stanford, and then California College of the Arts. Check out his portfolio here. He has a knack for combining a slick exterior with a meaningful design rationale, and is also a fine draftsman.