Interview: Joey Roth on His Ceramic Towers

Combining rich sound quality with sculptural, grand design

Industrial designer Joey Roth has been thinking about his just-released, minimal ceramic towers for some time—even before his subwoofer, he tells us, which was over three years ago. The final execution is a grand, sculptural creation measuring 6 x 8 x 26 inches that elevates his ceramic speakers beautifully without sacrificing sound quality. It’s not an easy feat: combining technology with design, form with function. …

Joey Roth’s Steel Speaker

The designer's latest audio endeavor utilizes a wooden sphere to diffuse sound

Joey Roth—an industrial designer and CH favorite known for enhancing simple pleasures through beautiful design—is back with a second musical creation: the Steel Speaker. His first foray into the audio world, the Ceramic Speaker set, astonished audio enthusiasts and design-hungry crowds alike, blending natural materials with smooth, curving lines to create a full-sounding and drool-worthy speaker set-up. In contrast, his monolithic Steel Speaker requires no …

Joey Roth + Blue Bottle Coffee Moka Pot

Reimagining Italy's 81-year-old design for contemporary coffee nerds

As many of us have, Blue Bottle founder James Freeman discovered designer (and CH favorite) Joey Roth through his incredibly attractive Ceramic Speakers, which have long been a staple at Blue Bottle’s Brooklyn and Rockefeller Center locations. As the story goes, Freeman looked up Roth’s portfolio online, stumbling across his years-old moka pot concept. “It was an impractical but interesting looking piece,” explains Roth. Apparently …