Kyo-zutsu 響筒 by Panasonic Design

ch.01 2019年11月08日
Kyo-zutsu—a wireless speaker system that lets you enjoy music in the palm of your hand

Opening the lid of kyo-zutsu turns it on, allowing the sound of music to come forth slowly. At the same time, the notes vibrate in the palm of your hand, combining the tactile with the aural. In this way, kyo-zutsu is a wireless speaker system that offers you an entirely new way to experience music.

Kaikado is famous for the near-perfect airtightness of their tea caddies. Thanks to this quality, when you open one, the pure fragrance of the tea wafts out in a truly sensual way. Thus also does sound resonate from kyo-zutsu, which inhabits a Kaikado caddy. When you replace the lid, it slides slowly downward, obeying gravity while letting the music fade with elegance and refinement. Even touching the beautiful brass of the caddy adds to its color and luster, making it completely yours as the months and years pass.

Since 2015, Panasonic Design has been engaged in the Kyoto KADEN Lab Project, which seeks to integrate the traditional arts of Kyoto with the design of modern electronics. This initiative celebrates the unique aesthetic sensibility of Japan and the ancient origins of the country’s craftsmanship. Under the theme of “Electronics Meets Crafts:,” Panasonic designed a range of creative prototypes, ultimately winning the Milano Design Award for Best Storytelling at the Milano Salone 2017 and the world-renowned iF Design Award Gold Award in 2018.

The public was especially captivated by kyo-zutsu. In response, Panasonic is now making the wireless speaker system available as a product. By melding the precision and feeling of traditional Japanese art with Panasonic’s decades of success in and innovative approach to audio digital technologies, Panasonic is keeping alive the transcendent experiences of the past while creating the amazing experiences of the future.



Panasonic Designは、2015年から京都の伝統産業とともに日本の感性とモノづくりの原点を探り、新たな家電デザインを研究する共創プロジェクト「Kyoto KADEN Lab.(京都家電ラボ)」に取り組んできた。「Electronics Meets Crafts:」をテーマに開発したプロトタイプの数々は、デザインの世界的トレンド発信の場である 見本市「ミラノサローネ2017」でのベストストーリーテリング賞や、世界的に権威のある「iFデザインアワード2018」において金賞を受賞するなど、高い評価を獲得している。特に響筒については一般販売への期待の声が多く寄せられたことから、商品化を決定。緻密で卓越した感覚を持つ伝統工芸の匠の技術と、当社が長きにわたりオーディオ分野で培ったデジタル技術と知見を細部まで徹底的に融合させることで、伝統工芸品の佇まいや風合いを生かしながらも、新しい体験を楽しめるスピーカーに作り上げた。