€475.00 @ Charles and Marie
In 2006, designer Tristan Zimmermann of science and sons set out to design something groundbreaking, like modesty. But modesty was already invented, so Tristan Zimmermann invented the Phonofone. The Phonophone is even better than modesty because it comes in a box and plays music.
What is the Phonofone you ask? In short, it’s like a speaker for your iPod, only it uses no power. Through passive amplification alone, these unique pieces instantly transform any personal music player + earbuds into a sculptural audio console. Without the use of external power or batteries, the Phonofone II inventively exploits the virtues of horn acoustics to boost the audio output of standard earphones to up to 55 decibels. Now let’s make this clear, 55 decibels is not going to entertain your party, but it’s fine for the office or next to the bed or or for a dinner party. But honestly, if you want to get a great sounding set of speakers that you can crank up and rock out to, get a set of Bose.
Truly an amazing object, the Phonofone is clever piece of applied science, a beautiful icon of nostalgia, and an ironic twist on the insular nature of personal listening devices. It is not intended to be used as home stereo system. The Phonofone II is constructed entirely from ceramic. Not only environmentally low impact, ceramics are inherently rigid and resonant, lending themselves well to this application.
Dimensions: 11″ x 9.5″ x 20″ (28 x 25 x 51 cm)