Swedish furniture making company IKEA has joined up forces with Sonos to create a new series of speakers called the SYMFONISK range. The line consists of two models and both of them are Wi-Fi-enabled. One is a table lamp speaker and the other is a bookshelf speaker. Both the SYMFONISK speakers can be controlled through the Sonos app and can be integrated with other Sonos products, which means users will have the option to pair them with other Sonos speakers and use them as a sound system collectively.
As the name suggests, the SYMFONISK table lamp with Wi-Fi speaker is literally just that: a table lamp that has Wi-Fi connectivity and can also be used as a sound system. Similarly, the SYMFONISK book-shelf speaker is also self-explanatory; it's a bookshelf and a speaker combined into one product. Interestingly, the bookshelf-speaker is a very versatile piece of furniture cum speaker as it can be used both vertically and horizontally.
Tad Toulis, vice president of design at Sonos, commented on the collaboration:
"This partnership has always been about our two companies’ shared passion, values and knowledge. IKEA and Sonos recognize the importance of great sound and its potential to positively affect life at home for the many people. We set out to create products neither of us would or could develop independently."
These products would probably serve well in a minimalist home or perhaps one that has a severe lack of space, due to the fact that each of them serves dual purposes combining two items into one. The SYMFONISK table lamp with Wi-Fi speaker is priced at €179 - about $200 - whereas the SYMFONISK book-shelf speaker will cost €99.95, approximately $112.