This new IKEA Symfonisk frame with interchangeable designs is starting at $199 and is currently live on the Swedish company’s website.
Finally giving credence to unconfirmed reports from earlier this April, IKEA has just listed its fascinating new picture frame as part of the many beloved products featured on its website (although it is unsure just how long it will be staying up there before its official release); the IKEA Symfonisk.
The device is described as a “picture frame with Wi-Fi speaker”, and has been given a price of $199. Although the product has not been announced yet, The Verge notes that the Symfonisk is among the two fresh joint-effort projects shared by IKEA and the audio product brand Sonos, yet to be released.
Akin to two earlier IKEA Symfonisk products that the brand has produced, this picture frame is meant to blend in ever so naturally with its surrounding home decor, rather than stick out as a gadget-type appliance.
What does the site say about it?
Further details of the IKEA Symfonisk state that the picture frame’s measurements are as follows: 22 inches height, 16 inches width, and 2 inches depth. The company has disclosed that buyers will be given the choice between either white or black finishes, as well as multiple interchangeable fonts.
Furthermore, customers are free to hang it solo on a wall if they do want it to draw their and their guests’ attention, or make it an additional piece to a gathering of other wall pictures. It can also be placed on the floor or set to lean against a wall.
The interesting thing about the IKEA Symfonisk picture frame is, it isn’t exactly the picture frame that its name would suggest it is. Before you get your expectations confused, you should probably note that this product is more like a functional art piece, due to the fact that its front material is quite literally a speaker.
A Sonos-powered speaker “picture frame”?
The Swedish brand’s website has verified that the IKEA Symfonisk picture frame is compatible with Apple AirPlay 2, meaning that stereo pairing and rear surrounds for a Beam soundbar or Sonos Arc are perfectly possible with the product.
Again, as with previous members of the Symfonisk family, these sound features can be managed with the easy use of the Sonos app.
Sara Morris, product manager of Sonos, has quoted, “By working together with the designers we were able to keep the thin edge of the picture frame while hiding a deeper acoustic volume behind it. Together with a waveguide, this let us make big room filling sound from what looks like a thin speaker.”
This year’s second upcoming Symfonisk collaboration between IKEA and Sonos is said to be a restyled table lamp speaker, and customers can expect it (along with the IKEA Symfonisk picture frame) to be officially announced soon on the 14th of June.
Techy gadgets disguised as regular home furniture pieces are a neat concept that IKEA seems to be making the most out of exploring. If “outdated” and traditional type picture frames are no longer your thing, give this Dragon Touch Digital Picture Frame a shot. If you like your living space the way it is but might want a to feel a little more security in it, try out the Arlo (VMS4240P) Pro 3 – Wire-Free Security 2 Camera.