MoMA Exclusive: Both a dimmable lantern and a wireless speaker, this innovative, playful design looks like a timeless hurricane lamp and delivers up to seven hours of continuous ambient light and crisp, omnidirectional sound. The LED Lantern Speaker connects with Bluetooth when paired with your mobile device via the accompanying app. It’s small enough to stash in your tote and carry along for picnics, camping trips and anywhere you might want to have an after-dark gathering—and it’s splash-proof for outdoor use. Rechargeable lithium battery with four hours of charge time yielding five hours of normal volume play. Micro USB cord for charging included.
Why We Chose This
At MoMA Design Store, we often look for designs that combine pleasing nostalgia with cutting-edge innovation. The LED Lantern Speaker projects the charm and appeal of a mid-19th-century kerosene lamp, updated with energy-efficient LED. The lamp's unexpected function is its high-quality speaker, which delivers crisp sound via Bluetooth technology.
Function plays a large role in defining good design. When designers look at an object, they don't just consider its aesthetic appearance—they should also challenge it to be more versatile, to respond to the user's need, or to achieve its purpose more elegantly. Good design has the capacity to solve problems that sometimes we didn't even know we had. This is one of the ways design touches and enriches our everyday life.