Supplying the British royal family with an entertainment system, we imagine, requires that the speakers be of unmatched quality while also being elegant and classy. Linn's speakers adorn the halls of Buckingham Palace, and the company has partnered with Glasgow-based Timorous Beasties to produce a line of its Series 5 speakers draped in bold printed designs.
Series 5 speakers are two models of network music players that can not only stream music from online services but can also be connected to other devices around the home. All the components are built in-house and the speakers' unique feature is the fact that they can be customised using a special fabric Linn calls Linn Fabrik.
Linn is a world-class manufacturer of speakers and sound systems, which was awarded a Royal Warrant in 2002 as suppliers of entertainment systems to the Royal Household, and received the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation in 2012.
Timorous Beasties is a textile and interiors design brand founded by former Glasgow School of Art classmates Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, which focuses on textiles, wallpapers, ceramics, carpets, graphics and furniture. The firm has collaborated and been commissioned by the likes of Nike, rt Institute of Chicago and the V&A in London.
The fabrics can be customised and Linn has partnered with Timorous Beasties to present 10 Linn Fabrik covers for each of the Series 5 models. Printed at the Glasgow School of Art's Centre for Advanced Textiles, the series includes designs both printed digitally as well as ones screen printed by hand.
Available in a total of 10 designs, a Series 5 system with a Timorous Beasties cover costs £9,600. Users can also pick up additional covers starting from £350.