It’s not too surprising IKEA is back with a new addition to their smart home category, a new wall-mountable audio speaker disguised as a picture frame. With Sonos (the bookshelf speaker and table lamp from SYMFONISK), the Swedish furniture brand is combining its previous efforts with the announcement of the new one SYMPHONIC picture frame.
IKEA designer Andreas Fredriksson, the speaker was inspired by the idea: “Furnish your home with sound”. For this purpose, the loudspeaker is equipped with exchangeable fronts; A device can act as a single sound source, but also in large numbers as both aesthetic and audible moods, each with their stream settings via the Sonos S2 app, so users can send different streams to different devices at the same time.
I imagine how the speaker fits into a picture wall along with other picture frames. That was the crux of the design: we wanted the product to be treated similarly to a traditional picture frame, both in the way you hang it and the way it would match the other frames on a wall.
– Stjepan Begic, product developer, IKEA of Sweden
At 22 inches tall, 16 inches wide, and 2 inches deep, the frame is pretty slim, but not entirely inconspicuous when grouped with actual wall art. But it’s still small enough that the dimensions open up a world of placement options that many speakers don’t, ideal for finding the sweet spot for optimal listening.
This latest IKEA x Sonos gets interesting with its Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility. That said, if you own a Sonos Arc or Beam soundbar, you can wall mount a pair of the sleek and inconspicuous picture frame speakers behind you for a richer surround sound experience. the speakers can also be physically daisy-chained together. The ability to hang the speaker either vertically or horizontally further expands the placement options, a particularly welcome feature for small room dwellers.
IKEA is initially launching the $ 199 SYMFONISK picture frame in two variants, black and white, with each design attributed to artist Jennifer Idrizi, who uses cymatics – the study of visual sound vibrations – as inspiration for which heads abstract, web-like pattern that fades in and out from the center to the corners. Later this year, two additional add-on panel designs will be offered for $ 19.99. Hopefully one day IKEA will offer users the opportunity to upload and order bespoke panels with their own designs to truly turn the SYMFONISK picture frame into a work of art.