Leon Combines Sound and Art in Collaboration With Artist Mike Han for Ente SoundTile Speaker Series
Leon announced the creation of a new Leon x Mike Han speaker series titled “Detroit Vibrations.” The series was created by Han exclusively for Leon and consists of three speakers disguised as works of art. The pieces have been released as Leon’s latest Artist Edition Collection for the Ente SoundTile, a product that combines art and audio in one.
“What I love about the vision and mission of Leon at this stage is that we’re really about enabling artists to tell their stories, and we want people to be able to experience those stories in a new and different way,” said Noah Kaplan, Leon founder and president. “Mike Han’s work has a natural musicality to it, and when I saw it for the first time, I knew it would be a perfect fit for our Ente SoundTiles.”
Two channels of reference-grade audio and amplifier are concealed behind a perforated metal speaker grille with the artwork screen printed on top. The design of the Ente enables the use of any small form factor amplifier to power the high-fidelity, 2-channel system. The SoundTile mounts directly to the wall to appear more like an art piece rather than an audio component.
While art for the Ente SoundTiles can be sourced from online art galleries, Leon also works with artists like Han to create exclusive Artist Edition collections for the series. Mike Han’s three “Detroit Vibrations” pieces can be arranged as a triptych, diptych or as standalone pieces.
A Korean-Detroit artist, designer and self-described “modern vandal,” Han’s work draws influence from the work of Keith Haring, a classic graffiti artist from the ’80s and ’90s, and Korean calligraphy. “A lot of my work starts with a character, a small piece, one line that builds upon the next,” said Han. “I don’t predetermine the outcome, but I find it through the process of creation.”