Can a loudspeaker be a piece of luxury furniture? If it is hand-crafted by artisans and encrusted with Swarovski crystals, then the answer is resoundingly yes.
French audio manufacturer SOEE Soundesign has set its stall out as a master of the bespoke, with a portfolio of lavish, customisable speakers for luxury environs. Each of its products is finished by hand by its expert craftsmen to ensure that each meets the customer’s exact requirements.
The speakers are available in two styles: Drop, which is a free-standing design that can be placed on the floor or a coffee table, and Up, in-ceiling speakers with a striking stalactite design. Both feature SOEE’s characteristic conical peak, which serves both to create their unique form and augment the delivery of the audio. The speakers offer a complete 360° surround-sound, while both the shape and the finish can be determined by the customer to suit the intended destination.
Depending on how opulent your tastes run, there are several finishes to choose from. As well as a variety of refined block colour options, customers can choose hand-stitched Taurillon Clémence full-grain leather, or more unusual alternatives such as alligator, shagreen or ostrich hide. Further indulgence can be added with Swarovski crystal-encrusted markings, which are placed by SOEE’s specialist diamond cutter in Antwerp, or with a 22-carat gold leaf overlay.
Equally suitable for use in residential properties, yachts or private jets, SOEE Soundesign’s portfolio are statement pieces for those that do not want to compromise between design and functionality. Depending on your tastes costs will vary, from £1,165 for the standard design rising up to £21,000 for the most extravagant model.