Bunaco Speaker is a minimalist speaker created by Tokyo-based designer nendo. Bunaco was developed to make effective use of the abundance of beech trees that grow in Aomori prefecture in Japan. By rolling thin and narrow strips of beech wood to create coil-based shapes, objects that are water resistant with less cracks and distortions can be made. In addition to its use in various applications such as bowls, decorative goods and lighting fixtures, this technique is also tested for wireless speakers. As a result of the shape of the internal cavities, fine steps, and the sound absorbing qualities of the beech wood, it has been proven to produce a uniquely clear and soft tone. Therefore, an omni-directional speaker with a vertically standing diaphragm was designed, aiming to maximize the acoustic quality and the spatial distribution of the sound. To accentuate the beauty of Bunaco’s woodwork, the speaker is supported with a transparent acrylic cylinder. The clear base makes it possible to see the unfinished edge that is left curling from the bottom, enabling users to intuitively understand the speaker’s structure as well as the craftsmanship invested in its production.
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