LABA: A Speaker That Considers the Relationship Between Material and Sound
Eason Chow Wai tung
LABA is a innovative bluetooth speaker designed alongside its horn inserts collection. As sound travels through the medium projected from its source, the acoustics can be manipulated with a change of its medium textures/surfaces, resulting in the altered reception of the sound by the user. Taking inspiration from traditional gramophones, the design is named LABA (horn in chinese)— it is designed to be iconic yet representative, coupling its mechanical function with crisp digital sound to provide a precious desktop speaker audio experience.
Eason Chow, designer
Material such as ceramics, wood and felt have been common materials used in the creation of audio products. LABA attempts to take inspiration from these materials by looking into the various textures and forms currently used in existing sound devices.
LABA's design is clean, and seamless, drawing the focus on the unique horn designs and its surface profile. The speaker tweeters are highly polished to reflect the internal horn details uniformly that retains the beauty of its internal textures.