Back in December, Ikea announced what was sure to be the collaboration of the year: a partnership with Sonos that’s guaranteed to change the way we listen to music. But while no specifics were revealed at the time of the announcement, the Swedish furniture giant’s annual Democratic Design Days this week totally changed that.
Per the event, prototypes for the collab look like a sleek series of speakers that feature brackets, thus allowing the speaker to be used as a shelf itself, or within existing Ikea cabinets. The line, named Symfonisk, will work with all existing WiFi-enabled speakers from Sonos and Ikea’s own smart lighting, thus marking the brand’s foray into home automation and smart tech.
Although Ikea has already been working to expand its home tech offerings, the Sonos collaboration is sure to address the two biggest problems with getting in the home automation game—namely, cost and complexity.
“At Ikea, we strive to make solutions for life at home by integrating technology into our home furnishing offer that is easy to use and affordable, thereby making smart home technology accessible to many people,” said Björn Block of Ikea’s smart home division. “Together with Sonos, we want to democratize music and sound in the home, and we want to create products designed for how people listen together at home. By teaming up with Sonos, we want to combine Ikea home furnishing knowledge with Sonos’ expertise within great home sound.”
Though we’ll have to wait until summer 2019 to find out exactly which other exciting home decor technology advances we have to look forward to, Ikea made it a point to stress that its partnership is not just a one-off with Sonos, but a long-term relationship—so, the Symfonisk speakers may be the first of many sound-focused products to hit stores next year.
Can’t wait until then? Here’s an idea: Ikea has also created its very own Eneby speaker, which is available for purchase now.
This post was originally published on December 6, 2017. It has been updated with new information.
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