Few artforms have the ability to sound as good as they look. These hand-thrown Mapuguaquén speakers combine traditional pottery techniques with modern wireless audio technology. The unique name of these clay speakers, Mapuguaquén, comes from the Mapudungun language meaning "sound of the earth." Chilean designer Pablo Ocqueteau makes them on a potter's wheel, keeping old manufacturing traditions alive. These surprising hand-crafted, kiln-fired objects are showcased at Milan Design Week's Salone Satellite.
The unique name of these clay speakers, Mapuguaquén, comes from the Mapudungun language meaning “sound of the earth.” At first glance, you might think these clay vases are meant for planting or decoration, but their true purpose is revealed once you see they’ve been capped with speaker cones. Mapuguaquén speakers marry traditional Chilean manufacturing techniques with modern technology, thus keeping alive an ancient manufacturing tradition. Their name comes from the Portuguese word ‘mapuguaquén,’ which means ‘sound of the earth.’
Instead of using large factories, Ocqueteau creates these by hand by mixing natural and technological materials. Each speaker has a raw look and earthy colors, combined with cork finishing around the central speaker.