LABA (Horn in Chinese) is a modular speaker that explores sonic interactions with materials and shapes. It draws inspiration from traditional gramophones and comprises of interchangeable acoustic horns that modulate sound to complement the music style.

The iconic acoustic horns are designed to limit the radiative energy dissipation of sound-waves and instead directs it towards the user. In-order to achieve acoustic manipulation for the intended purpose, these horns, although similar in form, vary in material and internal design.

Sound is material. Sound is experience.

Keywords: Speakers; materials; interactions; modular; tangible.

Exhibitions / Demonstrations

  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, NYC / “Laba Speakers and Prototypes” in “The Senses: Design Beyond Vision” / commissioned by curator Ellen Lupton / April 2018.


Design and artistic renders of Laba, courtesy of Eason Chow.