Few art forms have the ability to sound as good as they look. These speakers combine traditional ceramic techniques with the latest wireless technology. The unique name of these clay speakers, Mapuguaquén, comes from the Mapudungun language and means “sound of the earth.” The Chilean designer Pablo Ocqueteau molds them on a potter’s wheel, keeping alive the traditions of manufacturing. Which goes to show that there are alternatives so that modern technology should not always harm the environment in its development and manufacture.
At first glance, you might think that these clay pots are intended for planting or decoration, but their true purpose is revealed once you get close to looking at them. These Mapuguaquén speakers combine traditional Chilean manufacturing techniques with the most modern technology, which keeps alive a very old manufacturing tradition. Its name comes from the word “mapuguaquén,” which means “sound of the earth. It comes from the Mapuche language, native to southern Chile and Argentina.
Instead of using large factories, Ocqueteau creates these speakers by hand with the combination of natural and technological materials. Each speaker has a raw look and earthy colors, combined with the cork finish around the center speaker. Each of them is a work of art.
These amazing handcrafted speakers are on display at Milan Design Week.
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