published about 9 hours ago
IKEA is set to release a new Bluetooth speaker that you might have trouble finding on their shelves. That’s because their device doesn’t look like a speaker at all, but rather, a lamp!
The Swedish company has unveiled the VAPPEBY, a speaker whose mushroom-shaped design allows it to look and function like a lamp. It offers up 12 hours of music streaming, 360 sound, two LED light modes, a grip so you can carry it like a lantern, and is even dust- and splash-resistant, enabling you to use it in the backyard, at the park, or at a campsite.
“We see VAPPEBY as an essential companion for the balcony, in the garden, or wherever it is needed,” said Stjepan Begic, product owner at IKEA of Sweden. “Sound and light go hand in hand when creating magical everyday moments with friends and family.”
The lamp is also the first-ever Bluetooth speaker with a Spotify Tap button. With this feature, you can access the music streaming platform and resume from wherever you left off with one tap. And if you press the button twice, it will play suggested tracks based on your listening history. The feature also works with other streaming services or audio downloaded on your smartphone, laptop, or other connected device.
“This is an essential add-on to our Bluetooth speaker range and an important step on IKEA’s journey to democratise music for the many people. Our primary focus is to increase user experience, lower the thresholds, and make music and light easily accessible,” added Begic.
This design philosophy used in VAPPEBY is consistent with IKEA’s earlier releases which balance form and function to be more aesthetically-pleasing to have around the house compared to their clunkier counterparts. For instance, ENEBY is a speaker that resembles the LGBTQ+ flag, and SONOS, is a similar speaker but one that you’d mistake for a painting.
VAPPEBY comes in blue and grey, and retails for $65.