Ceramic Gramophone Bluetooth Speaker

We frequently see industrial designers look to the past for inspiration, often digging up historic bits for a nostalgic effect. Rarely is it as refreshing or direct as Paolo Cappello Design’s new ceramic Bluetooth table speakers, fashioned after a gramophone horn. In three matte and two reflective colorways (as well as 24K gold), the speaker pairs with everything from iOS and Android to Windows and …

Studio van Broekhoven + Olivier van Herpt: Solid Vibrations

Translating soundwaves to 3D-printed ceramic pots

The “Solid Vibration” project is an ongoing collaboration between Eindhoven, The Netherlands-based sound laboratory Studio van Broekhoven and industrial designer Olivier van Herpt, who built a custom ceramic printer where the extruding clay is influenced by vibrations emitting from a speaker. As the video above makes clear, van Herpt’s printer translates low, rumbling frequencies into textural patterns that resemble weaving. There’s a lot of room …

The Sound Design of Swiss Army Man

At Sundance, directing duo Daniels discuss how their lush soundscapes keep things weird but authentic

One week ago, just an hour after we disembarked a plane, we sat in Park City, Utah’s Eccles Theater for the world premiere of “Swiss Army Man” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. No viewer knew exactly what to expect, and even now it’s not easy to explain. Ultimately, however, it’s a highbrow dark comedy, albeit occasionally steered by potty humor—all of which ultimately supports …