Stunning and thoughtful, this is the Bellaphone. These gorgeous speakers are made by Jordan Waraksa from , a Milwaukee-based furniture company.
The Bellaphone collection is a range of unique-looking speakers, which are constructed from fumed oak tequila barrels. It’s impressive how these large containers have been carefully deconstructed, and turned into something so refined!
Reminding me of an old phonograph, or gramophone, the large spiral horn shape of the speaker twists and turns with its exquisite curves and delicate arcs. There is refinement in detail, with ingenuity and craftsmanship.
I absolutely love the intricacies found in the different parts of wood, and it reminds me of gazing at the grain of my cello during childhood orchestra rehearsals. With this in mind, the design is possibly intentional, as Waraksa is a violinist in addition to work as sculptor and furniture maker.
Originally Jordan Waraksa made these speakers to play his music. Especially music that he makes and records. I reached out to ask a few questions about the Bellaphone, and Waraksa’s dog Jackson.
What inspired the Bellaphone shape?
The shape was inspired by the gramophones of the early nineteen hundreds. The shape helps to acoustically amplify the sound that passes through it. There is an innate attraction to this kind of shape in nature, like flowers.
Do you have a gramophone at home?
I don’t, but, have been tempted many times.
What’s your dog’s name?
My dog’s name is Jackson. He has been an incredible shop dog over the years, and a big fan of the music I create. He is a rat-terrier, same as Nipper the RCA dog who was famous for “His Master’s Voice” logo. The fact that I make horn speakers and have a rat-terrier was coincidence, but I wanted to pay homage to both RCA, and Jackson with these most recent photos.
You’re a violinist as well as sculptor and designer. Do you ever make your own violins?
This is the most asked question that I get. I don’t. I believe the amazing luthiers of the world have already figured out exactly how to make a beautiful sounding violin. So I guess I’m not compelled to make something that has already been made. There is more freedom in creating your own “made-up” instrument.
What makes your home unique? What sort of style of home do you have?
My home was built in 1929. It has “good bones” being made from materials with lots of integrity, like huge leaded glass windows, and solid hardwood floors and beams. We have done a lot of renovations to bring it back down to its original surfaces inside and out. There isn’t an object in my home that doesn’t have a story to it. Furniture prototypes, family antiques, and hand-me-downs. They all remind me of the unique history of my own life.