Ideally, everyone should have two good Bluetooth speakers.
The first: A portable, lightweight and reliable number, one you can toss in a backpack and fire up on beach days or in hotel showers.
The other? Something big, different, brandless, stationary. Sure to inspire dinner guests with tunes — and its own backstory.
The latter is where Bunaco comes in, from Japanese designer Oki Sato’s outpost Nendo. It’s a 4-lb acrylic cylinder (looks like a minimalist flower vase, really), surrounding a stretch of upside down, cone-shaped beech wood that trails down to the bottom of the unit, purposely left “unfinished.”
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That funky inner apparatus takes its cue from a style of bowl crafting that occurs in Aomori (a prefecture in northern Japan), wherein strips of beech wood are stripped down to a thinness resembling string, and then wound tight, creating a wiry, flexible shape. And paired with the Bunaco’s omni-directional speaker and cylinder base, the Bunaco’s poised to offer an uncommonly crisp sound. Just please don't bring it to the beach.
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