Upon completing this project, Charles couldn't sleep...and for good reason. Birch salad bowls from IKEA house hacked wireless speakers to create amazing modern and moveable music blasters for outdoors or in.
"On Friday I had the idea. I was thinking about the christmas in July party and how it was such a pain to not only wire up the lights but also the speakers. So, I went about searching for wireless speakers and I found these ones made by Rocketfish. Suddenly the idea hit me. I can’t remember where I first saw it, perhaps the MAKE blog, but on the internet I came across an image of this speaker sphere. Somebody had taken two red salad bowls and installed numerous speakers around it. I always thought it was a great idea for a party. I decided it was time for me to do something similar."
The mission? Make a moveable, wireless audio speaker system that can be controlled by an iPhone and blends seamlessly into an impeccably curated mid-century modern decor.
Mission accomplished. Joel Pirela created a custom wood cabinet that sits atop a Tulip-style base (from an old Bose 901 speaker), and can be used anywhere close to a power outlet. The cabinet houses a computer speaker system and an Apple Airport Extreme, which streams iTunes wirelessly to any location. The outside is covered with a speaker grill attached with magnets, and an inexpensive walnut veneer.