Takahiro Miyashita Designs Speaker Inspired By NYC’s Iconic Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building, New York, United States
Flatiron Building, New York, United States. Image by Photo by Brad Smith on Unsplash

New York City’s Flatiron Building is one of the most iconic buildings in the United States. But its distinct triangular shape and Renaissance Revival style aren’t only captivating Americans; they also serve as inspiration for artists, architects, and designers from all around the world. 

One of them is Japanese designer Takahiro Miyashita, who recently presented a speaker inspired by the Flatiron Building. The HIFI speaker stands at 43 inches and represents an intriguing take on the building’s look.

Miyashita’s creation shows the Flatiron Building wrapped in concrete, which is eroding in order to reveal its look. The body of the speaker is made out of polycarbonate composite resin and boosts a monochromatic color palette.

When it comes to specs, users can expect seven built-in speaker units that deliver 110 decibels. Included are two woofers, two mid-range drivers, three tweeters, and a sound transducer.

Miyashita released the Flatiron Building speaker through his label TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist. in limited batches. The release included a special event in which Miyashita himself selected 27 songs that were played on the speaker in the store in which it was available. A single speaker retailed for a price of $6,735, but that didn’t stop the first two batches from being sold out in late 2023. More units are expected to be available at some point this year.