Ballo Portable Speaker

Consumer Electronics Design Award Winner.
Awarded Platinum for Good Digital and Electronic Devices Design.

Ballo Portable Speaker
by Bernhard Burkard

  • Awarded April 15, 2013
  • CLIENT: BERNHARD | BURKARD
  • 10.532

The Swiss design studio BERNHARD | BURKARD designed a unique speaker for OYO. The speaker‘s shape is a perfect sphere with no actual stand. The BALLO speaker lays, rolls or hangs for a 360 degree music experience. The design follows principles of minimalistic design. A colorful belt fuses two hemispheres. It protects the speaker and increases the bass tones when lying on a surface. The speaker comes with a built-in rechargeable Lithium battery and is compatible with most audio devices. The 3.5mm jack is a regular plug for headphones. The BALLO speaker is available in ten different colors.

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Bernhard Burkard

Designer of Ballo Portable Speaker


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Interview with Bernhard Burkard on Ballo Portable Speaker

What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
By totally rethinking the shape of portable speakers we tried to suit modern, mobile lifestyles and offer an easily applicable portable speaker to everybody.
What are your future plans for this award winning design?
Through BALLO's simplicity, we want to reach a broad audience and offer the opportunity of owning a well-thought-out piece of design to everyone.
How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
From the first scratch to its final realization it took about a year.
Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
Being asked to work for the Hong Kong based brand OYO - Objects You Obsess, there was no way in refusing. So, commissioned by the upcoming brand we designed BALLO.
What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
BALLO sets itself apart simply because there are no other similar concepts of portable speakers. That is what makes BALLO and its sound experience unique.
How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
The name BALLO is a reminder of the product's shape. Chosen together with OYO, it is an easily memorable and intelligible term chosen that functions internationally.
What is the most unique aspect of your design?
The speaker‘s shape is a perfect sphere with no actual stand. The BALLO speaker lays, rolls or hangs for a 360 degree music experience.
What is the role of technology in this particular design?
In BALLO technology serves the purpose of actually making the device work.
How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
After great feedback and a wide appearance on the most important design blogs we were being asked to take part in this design competition.
What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
We are improving day by day in every aspect of our lives and works.

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