In late 2017, connected audio titans Sonos teamed up with Swedish furniture staple Ikea, and two years later, the pair launched a line of Symfonisk speakers that doubled as household items.
So far this range has included the bookshelf speaker and lamp speaker, but according to a sneak peek from Instagram Stories, an FCC filing, and insider knowledge from The Verge, more are on the way shortly.
Coming out of the FCC filing specifically, it looks like the Symfonisk lamp speaker will get an update, with the newer model going for roughly the same price ($ 179 / £ 150 / AU $ 269).
More interestingly, the other element that Sonos and Ikea plan to bring to the Symfonisk line will take the form of “a work of wall art with a built-in speaker,” if The Verge’s sources prove accurate.
As there hasn’t been an official announcement yet, details on both products are scant at this point (aside from knowing that a cable will need to go all the way to the wall art) so we’ll have to wait for the time to come. companies to publicize the products for more information.
My art or yours?
The success or failure of the wall art speaker will likely depend on whether or not the product offers a certain range of images, or whether it allows customers to mount or frame their own images.
Currently, Ikea offers a range of prints for home furnishing, so it is certainly possible that the new Symfonisk will follow this model, but we hope that it will also offer the option of a ‘blank canvas’.
While various tech products offer a variety of colors to add a touch of personalization and style, these items generally focus more on practical applications than wall art, and their aesthetic value is a plus.
Arguably the purpose of wall art is purely aesthetic, so this speaker should meet these needs in a much more versatile way than other Symfonisk products. After all, it doesn’t offer the same utility as the lamp or bookshelf speakers (which, as you may have guessed, double as bookshelves or lamps, respectively).
The wall art speaker is already quite a niche product, so narrowing your market further by avoiding customization could limit your success.