Sony Experimenting With Column-Shaped Speakers

sound column

By David Ponce

Sony Design has been playing around with speakers, in this instance coming up with this column of glass named “Rin”.

[The device is a] column rising vertically from a stone floor, tapering into a translucent pole from which sound emerges in all directions. The radiating sound defines the space through which it propagates-like ripples produced by a stone dropped in a pond…

The base is made from Lombardy marble, long employed for creating acoustic spaces in so many historic churches and salons.

This design is part of several others resulting from a temporary union between Sony Design and Master Craft Lombardia, in Italy, in a project to “craft a variety of materials into unique and original pieces that produce sounds and images and are exhibited in a fascinating and suggestive setting.” Whether this or any of the other designs will ever be produced remains to be seen.

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