Cancer claimed Virgil Abloh far too soon. The American fashion designer and entrepreneur was only 41 when he passed, but in that short life span, Abloh had risen to the pinnacle of the design world, leaving an influence that will be felt for generations. Even though he’s not with us, Abloh’s projects continue to come out as partnerships he was working on before his passing are starting to come to fruition. One such partnership is with Teenage Engineering. The Swedish consumer electronics company and manufacturer was collaborating with Abloh’s Off-White brand on a co-branded OB-4 Speaker. The portable and high-fidelity loudspeaker, sporting its orange colourway, is now available, adding to Abloh’s already impressive legacy.
The Teenage Engineering x Off-White OB-4 Speaker features two neodymium tweeters along with a pair of 4-inch bass drivers. It offers Bluetooth connectivity as well as an FM radio. Ports allow for hardware connections. Put the speaker in Disk Mode, and you unlock three functions: Ambient, Metronome, and Karma.
The Ambient feature offers a background filler made of radio broadcast clips and the Metronome is much like it sounds—it is the recording of an analogue metronome that can be set from one to 800 BPM. Karma is a remix of spiritual sounds and chants. The speaker also has an endless looping feature, which in effect lets you memorise your playlist so that you can keep listening to it. As mentioned the speaker comes in a brilliant orange with labels and branding in a contrasting white.
The pairing between Teenage Engineering and Off-White goes beyond just the speaker, though. You can also get a capsule collection of jackets, hoodies, T-shirts, bags, and more. You can find it all over at Teenage Engineering. Add this collaboration to your already existing collection of Abloh merchandise—after all, it’s even more historic now.