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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 Chileanmanufacturing 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.’

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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.

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