ICFF 2015: Portable Speaker + Light by Pablo Designs
Last week at New York furniture show ICFF, San Francisco-based Pablo Designs unveiled the UMA Sound Lantern – a portable light and speaker that enables flexible usage inside and outside the home.
The wireless design follows the shape of a traditional lantern. The LED light is projected 360 degrees from the rounded side of the form, while the speaker is embedded in the top. Seamless and intuitive controls enable a minimal design, with a touch-sensitive volume control and a tactile dial on the base for dimming the light. Both the light and the speaker can also be controlled via Bluetooth from any connected device. A leather carry strap and suede case add portability and further elegance to the design.
Now firmly a mainstream product, brands are using tactile materials and refined designs to elevate the portable speaker into a product that sits unobtrusively within the home. See our coverage of Bang & Olufsen and Vifa’s recent releases for further examples, along with Power of Sound for insight into how audio products are developing to suit consumers’ changing listening habits.
As discussed in Modern Family: The Evolving Domestic Landscape, smaller homes and open-plan living spaces mean consumers are expecting more flexible products that are able to adapt to their lives. This is leading to technology that is cleverly hidden and embedded for a more seamless approach – an outlook first identified in Integrate.
Look out for further coverage coming soon from ICFF, along with reports from the New York Stationery Show and NYCxDesign Week.