As a part of the Here’s To Creativity programme, HTC UK has been working with talented designers to create inspirational products. The very first designer to get involved is Justin Wolter who’s created the Gramohorn II, a beautifully sculpted HTC One dock that channels music naturally through its huge gramophone like chambers.
Designed specifically to work with the HTC One’s powerful HTC BoomSound stereo speakers, the two horns make it the world’s first passive stereo amplifier there’s no need for any power or cables. Sound emitted from the phone's speakers is chanelled and amplified, increasing volume by up to 50% without the need for power or cables. Acting as resonance chambers, lower frequencies and bass notes are also enhanced to produce deeper, fuller and 'better' music. Based on simple mechanics of a by-gone era, time-honoured forms have been redesigned and adapted for the smartphone generation.
3D printed in a delicate plaster-based composite material and carefully hand-finished or alternatively available in limited edition stainless steel - each Gramohon is made-to-order, making each one uniquely personal and one-of-a-kind.
The design aims to function as a commercial product as well as contemporary art, in prompting discussion and thought around materiality and physicality. Essentially questioning the lack of uniqueness in 3D printed objects, the Gramohorn attempts to introduce values such as 'bespoke', 'customised', 'hand-finished', and 'limited edition' to offer a conceptual counterbalance and theoretical underpinning to the project, that is part Art, part Design.