The term “engineered wood” takes on a whole new meaning with London-based audio technology outfit Room One’s Surface wall audio speaker, the brainchild of designers Tom Jarvis and Oliver Staiano.
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The subtle concave shape of the Surface evokes memories of skateboard decks – here, a little more round and portly, perhaps a less athletic, audiophile plywood relative – each wooden disk hiding transducer componetry, capable of converting the entire surface of stained layers of beech veneer into one large sculptural wireless speaker with the swipe and a tap of any music streaming app.
Being Bluetooth-enabled, streaming audio from nearly any wireless music source plays nice with the Surface. And even while off, each of the CNC milled speaker panel designs quietly work as a minimalist decorative piece, ready to surprise unexpected guests the next time they’re turned on.
Each Surface is hand assembled in a London workshop and available in three colors – Indigo, Rust, and Natural – for about $1,180.