Works Appreciation
This beautiful lamp + speaker inspired by a cracked bowl shows perfection in imperfections
Kintsugi is the art of mending broken ceramics using gold to seal the cracks… but what if the cracks were celebrated as a design detail instead? What if the cracks revealed something even beautiful underneath? The Teno lamp + speaker’s reveal is as poetic as life emerging from behind cracked egg-shells. The lamp-speaker uses a cracked exterior that gently separates into two. As the crack widens, you begin to the signs of life underneath as the lamp below is revealed, shining through the cracks with its life-affirming message of hope… but Teno isn’t just a lamp, it’s a Bluetooth speaker too! Designed to look more artistic and sculpturally beautiful than any lamp or Bluetooth speaker you’ve ever seen, Teno is truly about the beauty within. The outer surface comes in the shape of a hemisphere with a crack running through its center (the crack’s even edge-painted gold for added flair). Separate the two halves of the hemisphere, and a lamp within automatically switches on, creating perhaps one of the most unusually pleasing interactions of all time. Pull the halves further apart, and you switch on the Bluetooth speaker within, allowing your light to come to life with sound too! There’s something clearly very nourishing about Teno’s design. It isn’t conventional by a stretch, and the very idea was to create a work of art that speaks to you emotionally, rather than being just another fancy lamp or speaker with great specs. Designed by Max Gunawan, who also created the wildly popular Lumio book-shaped lamp that won multiple design awards (including the Red Dot and Good Design Award) and was inducted into the Museum of Modern Art, Teno shares a lot of the same values as its book-light sibling. Its non-traditional design aside, Teno is all about how you interact with it. The bowl-shaped outer body comes cast in resin and sand, deviating entirely from the plastic, fabric, and metal you’d find in other lamps and speakers. There’s truly a sense of wonder and childlike curiosity about separating the two halves to reveal the lamp and speaker within, which goes above and beyond turning lamps on with switches, or saying ‘Hey Alexa’ to make your speaker play music to you. Teno isn’t designed to look like a high-tech mass-produced item. It feels almost precious and relic-like, and that crack running across its center reinforces the idea of Kintsugi, that old, or broken products shouldn’t necessarily be replaced by new ones, and that there’s magic in imperfections – an idea that clearly shines through with Teno.