Most are likely familiar with avant-garde director David Lynch for his work in films such as Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and the iconic television show Twin Peaks, but you may not know that he is also an artist and music connoisseur. Combine Lynch’s two side passions and the result is Bang & Olufsen’s limited-edition series of Beoplay A9 stand speakers, which feature reproductions of his “Paris Suite” series of lithographs. A self-professed fan of Bang & Olufsen products, Lynch picked designs from the 12 lithographs composing the abstract “Paris Suite” that he created in 2007 at the famed Idem Paris print studio during an extended stay in the City of Lights
Each limited-edition speaker is numbered and signed by the director himself, transforming the A9—which already had the appearance of a canvas on an easel—into a true work of art. But visuals are only half of the speaker’s appeal; the A9 is also a versatile and powerful wireless home audio solution, housing two midrange drivers, two tweeters, and a woofer to deliver its full 33 Hz to 25 kHz frequency range. Compatible with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the A9 can also be controlled via the Bank & Olufsen app or by using intuitive touch controls.
Limited to only 30 examples, the speaker is available at the MOMA New York location and online through the Design Store website. Lynch’s infusion of art in the A9 can’t be mentioned without his commendable altruism. A portion of each sale will go to the David Lynch Foundation, which promotes mental-health wellness for at-risk populations through Transcendental Meditation, making this a gift that really does keep on giving.