Georg Jensen and Philips join forces on three-piece technology collection
Scandinavian aesthetics meet Dutch functionality in two portable speakers and a power bank, clad in mirror-polished stainless steel, Kvadrat fabric and brown leather
Long associated with handcrafted silverware, as well as table settings and decorative objects in stainless steel, Danish design brand Georg Jensen has ventured in bold new directions of late. Following a new collection of Snøhetta-designed plant accessories, which also represented the label’s first foray into working in terracotta, it has now partnered with Dutch electronics powerhouse Philips to release a trio of audio products.
The collection includes two portable Bluetooth speakers. The larger JS50 is intended for the home, but nonetheless comes with 20 hours of playback time, so it can be easily moved around different rooms for round-the-clock use. The smaller JS30, meanwhile, comes with eight hours of playtime, a microphone for handsfree calls, and USB-C charging that makes it the perfect travel companion.
Designed with the same Scandinavian flair that has characterised Georg Jensen’s previous output, the speakers have streamlined, pebble-like forms, clad in a mix of mirror-polished stainless steel and Kvadrat’s ‘Audiomix’ textile in slate blue. Compared to Kvadrat’s usual offering, Audiomix has a more open weave, better to preserve the quality of sound. Controls, as well as a LED battery life indicator, are elegantly integrated into a minimal and intuitive control panel at the top of each speaker. Additionally, both models support daisy chaining, meaning they can be used in tandem to create surround sound.
Rounding off the collection is the JP10 power bank, crafted from mirror-polished stainless steel and dark brown leather from Scottish leather supplier Muirhead. Its compact form packs an mAh of 10,000, equivalent to two full iPhone charges, which can be delivered either wirelessly via Qi technology, or through a USB cable. Again, the power button and battery life indicator are cleverly concealed, giving the power bank the appearance of a domestic object rather than a typical piece of technology.
‘Collaborating with Philips on this new collection has been an exciting challenge for us – it has guided us to design for technology in new ways, but it also has taught us how many of our iconic expressions can rise to the occasion of new frontiers,’ reflects Georg Jensen’s chief creative officer, Nicholas Manville.
He continues, ‘Blending our design heritage with Philips’ technical expertise has led to an innovative collection that makes us proud of both our past and our future.’ §