How to Style Urbanears Connected Speakers, and Other Home Ideas with Fanny Hamlin
When it came time to introduce Urbanears Connected Speakers to the world, we borrowed the creative eye of interior stylist and musician Fanny Hamlin to help make a home for the speakers in five different cities.
Q: What was the speaker tour like for you?
The whole process was interesting... you get there in the morning after you've been traveling and you're tired and you have to drag all the heavy bags up five or six flights of stairs, and then you come to this apartment and you just have to do something with it. You just have to create something. People are everywhere. Big chaos, but wonderful chaos.
I'm very spontaneous. I have a feeling and I go with the feeling…There's a lot of planning of course, but I'm not able to see the whole thing until I'm there doing it.
I wanted to find a way to integrate the [Connected Speakers] film and sort of put that into real life. So that's why we did all this color matching/color coordination. To get that in a real home area you have to find a way to make it look a bit more natural, but then also make it stand out.
"I'm very spontaneous. I have a feeling and I go with the feeling…There's a lot of planning of course, but I'm not able to see the whole thing until I'm there doing it."
You really feel the spirit of the city in each apartment… When I think of England I think of bright colors, fluffy things and colorful things, and [in London] the apartment was exactly like that— a lot of red and blue and orange. In Paris it was super sophisticated and super beautiful, very elegant. In New York… the Americans like a beige interior and dark wood. You see some differences, but it was quite fun finding that Scandinavian touch in each apartment.
Q: Do you have any styling tips for people bringing a speaker home?
Personally, I love having a speaker like that on a bookshelf. I think it's a nice place to have it. But this kind of speaker can also really have its own place in the apartment, its own little side table or something like that. If you want to make it stand out like we did at the event, style it together with books or a vase in the same color.
“It's easy to find a good spot for it in your home for it because it's so simple yet it stands out.”
I really love the texture of the speaker, I love that it's that matte feeling. And I like the simplicity of it. It's easy to find a good spot for it in your home for it because it's so simple yet it stands out.
Try to add a little more color to your home because it makes you happier I think. If you have a home without too many accent colors it could be nice to add a pink speaker, then a pink pillow on the couch just to match it a little. Or if you have a totally Scandinavian home with a gray carpet and gray sofa it could be nice to add a green speaker… The green speaker looks good together with a lot of green plants.
But It's not about creating something totally new at home. People should dare to use the things they already have… the things they really, really love. Even if you fall in love with a speaker color that doesn't really seem to fit your room or home, it will eventually match just because it's there. It doesn't have to be that perfect all the time.
"Try to add a little more color to your home because it makes you happier I think."
I think it's important to just go with your own feeling and not follow too many rules. Everyone has their own idea of what they want their home to be like. It's important to stay with that feeling and create a home you want to come home to.
About Urbanears Connected Speakers
Packed with advanced Wi-Fi technology, Urbanears Connected Speakers give you access to all your favorite music sources. Stream from Spotify Connect, Airplay, or Chromecast built-in. Connect via Bluetooth or hook up the aux cord. Save your favorite music as seven different presets for instant play. Combine two or more speakers to form your own multi-room system and create a customized soundscape in every room of your home. Learn more and shop
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