Ikea and Teenage Engineering, the creative collective famous for its OP-1 portable synthesizer, partnered to create Freqvens. It’s a series of modular speakers, LED lights and furniture inspired by Teenage Engineering’s distinctive design style. In classic Ikea fashion, though, all the “modules” of the Freqvens series can be stacked together to create your own light and sound system. There’s even a tripod that reminds of some old school loudspeakers and lamps. A coffee table, a blanket, four mugs, a shiny silver pillowcase, bag, and raincoat are also part of the limited edition series.
Teenage engineering designed even more accessories than the ones currently on sale, but IKEA turned them down. With a very interesting twist, the company allowed the designers to share the cad files of the extra modules for free, so that anyone with a 3-D printer will be able to print additional accessories for their Freqvens system at home. In a way, it’s not hard to understand why IKEA didn’t approve the additional design, as they are all positively “out there”. They range from a handlebar and coffee cup holder, to a set of yellow legs for the subwoofer and the smaller speaker that make them look like cyber-chickens. There’s even a set of wheels that can turn the LED lamp into a small light cannon, or help you carry the larger setups with different speakers stacked together.
Teenage Engineering has listed all the hacks, as they’ve called the 3D-printable accessories, in a page where it also details the specific colors for the filaments and the process needed to properly print each add-on. Alle the official Freqvens products are listed on IKEA’s website: they start at £19 for the portable speaker, £65 for the speaker and £129 for the speaker with subwoofer.
- Ikea X Teenage Engineering