Invented more than 120 years, the gramophone remains one of the most iconic inventions of the modern civilization that changed entertainment for the masses forever. However, the heavy classic gramophone is more a piece of furniture than an audio player that can suit modern lifestyle or decor. To allow the vintage design to fit in more seamlessly in a modern home, Icelandic designer Jón Helgi Hólmgeirsson has come up with acoustic vinyl-record-player design called Jónófón that uses a horn fashioned from paper and a paper cup to amplify the music.
The Jónófón keeps the record in the foreground with a much simpler and lighter design that takes music players back to an era where enjoying and playing music didn’t require one to be well versed with technology and music players came with endless customization options. By creating a gramophone for the modern user, the design ties music playing to its roots taking users back in time.
The Jónófón also challenges the consumerist mindset of the modern music lover and allows them to connect to their gadgets on a deeper level since the player comes flat packed and can be assembled by the user at home which helps them develop an emotional bond with their creation.
Featuring a simple electrical system, the Jónófón is fashioned out of thin plywood with steel wire, a plastic film, needle, the bottom of a paper cup and a thick paper horn serving as the components needed to put the player together. The cup amplifies the sound carried up from the record by the needle and the player can be powered by a 9Volt power supply or a battery of the same power.