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DotCone features a grab-and-go speaker that slots into its doc

Combining two simple shapes to create a sculptural aesthetic, the DotCone speaker is designed for delivering sound that can travel—literally

Mechanical engineer Lidia Gómez turned the saying ‘form follows function’ on its head with the DotCone speaker.

The concept started out with an exploration into form, combining two simple shapes to create the speaker’s final appearance: a circle and a triangle.

Concept design _ shape exploration
© DotCone Speakers by Lidia Gomez – Shape exploration
DotCone Speakers by Lidia Gomez _ Concept design _ prototype_1
© DotCone Speakers by Lidia Gomez – Prototype
Concept design _ prototype
© DotCone Speakers by Lidia Gomez – Prototype

After experimenting with how these two shapes could be put together, Gómez was inspired to incorporate a function that would allow users to remove the speaker from its dock. 

“Because our lifestyles are more mobile these days, DotCone has been designed to be utilised both indoors and outside,” says Gómez.

“The speaker may be easily removed from the wooden base by sliding upward, allowing customers to listen to music wirelessly.”

DotCone Speakers by Lidia Gomez _ Concept design _ Side view
© DotCone Speakers by Lidia Gomez – Side view

When the speaker is inside, the wooden base holds it in a way that improves its sound quality whilst charging it at the same time.

A simple interface consisting of a standby button and volume control is located on the front of the dock.

Meanwhile, a separate interface on the speaker itself lets users control volume on the go. 

DotCone Speakers by Lidia Gomez _ Concept design _ unmounted
© DotCone Speakers by Lidia Gomez – Unmounted

Basic shape, beautiful design

The DotCone speaker combines the simplicity of modern with the highest level of functionality.

Gómez’s use of simple forms help to achieve a minimalist and elegant design, with a use of natural materials such as wood, which is highly evocative of biophilic design.

Meanwhile, its sculptural appearance is reminiscent of the design trend spearheaded within the industry by the likes of Bang & Olufsen.  

DotCone Speakers by Lidia Gomez _ Concept design _ colour palette_2
© DotCone Speakers by Lidia Gomez – Colour palette

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