French designer Cécile Barani has collaborated with Swiss audio brand Goldmund to imagine and design the brand’s next speakers. With an innovative eye, the designer opened up in an interview to tell us about her working method and her different inspirations when designing these latest pieces.
Gaïa is impressive. These loudspeakers initially responded to several technical problems such as the requirement for a large volume of air to be distributed in 5 enclosures and the need for a specific listening height for each loudspeaker. I felt that the visual aspect of the speaker should not take precedence over the listening experience, even if its appearance is disconcerting and intriguing. Perceived as a monochrome monolith, by means of invisible assemblies, the loudspeaker stands in the space like a totem pole. It is only by listening to it that it takes on its full meaning, a showcase that would disclose a jewel, a tonal jewel.
The Pulp collection differs from Gaïa in its modularity and size. Designed as a family of pieces to be displayed in space, it unfolds like a sound punctuation. Always with the aim of proposing a radical object, the elements are conceived as pure cylinders.
The special feature of these speakers is the swivelling textile part that hides all the technical elements. This system provides a 360° readable object that can be placed anywhere in the space. For purist, the textile can be rotated to offer a direct listening.