For the last two years, Ikea and Sonos have been collaborating on a line of audio products for the home, and now, the results are finally ready to debut in all their multifunctional glory. The final designs, which were first unveiled at Milan Design Week 2019 in April, will go on sale at Ikea starting August 1.
The Symfonisk line is a series of bookshelf and table lamp speakers designed to blend into the home in a very literal way. The $179 table lamp is a speaker in a mushroom-like lamp form whose interior gadgetry is nearly identical to the Sonos Play:1. The lamp’s base is swathed in black or white speaker fabric and includes buttons to control the light and music. A glowing glass shade sits on top.
At $99, the 6.6-pound bookshelf speaker is Sonos’s most affordable speaker yet. It can stand vertically as a bookend on a shelf or become the shelf itself with brackets that let you mount it horizontally on a wall.
Ikea thinks of the speakers as pieces of furniture. Sonos says they’re full-on audio gadgets. In truth and by design, they fall somewhere in between and are a good glimpse of Ikea’s continuing push into versatile, home tech.