MAPU GUAQUEN – Handmade Wireless Speakers

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Mapuguaquén are unique hand-thrown clay speakers that combine ancestral pottery tradition with wireless audio-technology and so become the interface between past and present.

Mapuguaquén means “the sound of the earth” in Mapudungun, the language of the indigenous aborigines from the south of Chile.

Mapuguaquén speakers are made from clay on a potter’s wheel, finished with terra sigillata, and rounded with other natural materials such as olive wood and cork. The speakers were conceptualized using traditional techniques of craftsmanship and regional resources to fulfil contemporary needs. Furthermore, this unconventional method of fabrication allows us to rethink pottery as well as speakers while preserving the environment.

Dimensions  Active mono speaker (4” full-range): 20 x 19 x 19 cm | Active stereo speaker (2 x 4” full-range): 20 x 35 x 21 cm | Active 2.1 system (1 x 5 1/4” woofer, 2 x 3” full-range): 28 x 28 x 49 cm | Passive 3-way speakers, each (1 x 5 1/4” woofer, 1 x 4” mid-range, 1 x 3” tweeter): 32 x 30 x 40 cm

Materials  Black clay, cork, olive wood, copper, brass.

Designed by Documentary Design, Pablo Ocqueteau and Philine von Düszeln, in Chile and Germany. Hand-thrown by Ricardo Lópes in Portugal. You can download the electronic press kit here:  Dropbox

News  The speakers recently obtained an ‘Special Mention’ at Salone Satellite of the Salone del Mobile de Milano, Italy, and recently became part of the Green Product Selction 2015, which is being exhibited at Interzum fair in Cologne, Industrie und Handelskammer zu Berlin and DMY designfair Berlin.

We are currently developing the first series of Mapuguaquén to be finished by end 2015. To finance the next steps we plan to pre-sell the product through a crowd-funding campaign. If you wish to be kept informed about Mapuguaquén, please send an email.

Development of Mapuguaquén

Faro, Portugal, 2013


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