This collaboration between an art studio and a designer to create these ceramic speakers is amazing. It’s a great example of art merging with technology in a way that aesthetically compliments both the art and the technology, not to mention the fact that it is based on a local tradition, of which I’m a big fan. Japanese studio Nendo worked with traditional potter Mitsuke Masagasu to create this.
A contribution to the Revalue Nippon Project launched by former Japan footballer Nakata Hidetoshi to revitalize the traditional crafts in Japan. Nakata named five curators, each of whom selected one ceramicist and one designer (or contemporary artist) to collaborate on one piece. Curator Akimoto Yuji, director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, invited nendo to collaborate with Mitsuke Masagasu, a Kanazawa-based potter whose work springs from the traditions of the local Kutani ware.
Images by Masayuki Hayashi via Dezeen.