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Art of noise: IKEA creates soundtracks to go with new Symfonisk speaker art panels

The enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa has been transplanted onto the front of a Wi-Fi speaker from Ikea

IKEA has launched a trio of new Symfonisk art panels, for use with its £187 Symfonisk Wi-Fi loudspeaker, and partnered with Franz Edvard Cedrins, a sound artist and composer based in Stockholm, to provide each with a unique ambient soundtrack.

The panels reproduce Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night and Gustav Klimt’s Tree of Life (fulfilment)

First unveiled at Milan Design Week in June, the trio are available in IKEA stores and on IKEA.com, priced at £30. 

Cedrins is best known for combining music with conceptual art, site-specific installations, architecture, performance art, VR and film. 

The art panels depict Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night and Gustav Klimt’s Tree of Life (fulfilment)… 

“We want to bring great sound experiences to people across the globe, in intriguing new forms. By giving three famous paintings a new dimension, we hope to bring new life to these pieces of art and let people experience them like never before”, said Johanna Nordell, Business Leader at IKEA Home smart. “Sound can help shift our mindset and focus and we believe this unique combination of art and sound will let people experience art in a new way” she adds.  

IKEA first launched its Symfonisk picture frame speakers in 2021, as part of a long-term partnership with Hi-Fi specialist Sonos.

“We want to inspire and enable the many people to enjoy and enhance everyday moments in the home through sound. That is why we have engaged a soundscape artist to create soundtracks to suit a range of activities, often happening in the home: falling asleep to Starry Night, having dinner with Mona Lisa or relaxing at home with Tree of Life (fulfilment).

“We hope these new products and sounds will encourage people to explore how senses can help us to make the most of our time in the home”, said Stjepan Begic, Product owner at IKEA Home smart. “Sound and art combined not only add a personal touch to your homes, but can actually enrich our lives for the better,” 

You can hear the soundtracks on YouTube now: Mona-Lisa: Starry nights: Tree of life (The Fulfilment).  

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