In its original monochromatic matte black or white iterations, the Sonos Play:5 was designed to live within the home with a minimalist and understated presence. The limited edition Sonos Play:5 Beastie Boys Edition is something entirely different, landing with a bolder and graphic refresh by way of San Francisco-based artist, Barry McGee.
Renowned for his visual bouillabaisse of West Coast graffiti, typography, and found object mix media installments, artist Barry McGee takes a simpler and graphic approach with the Play:5, using the speaker grille as a blank canvas for a bespoke linear typeface created just for the Beastie Boys. McGee’s past work shows a similar affinity for red lines.
Beastie Boys always adapted their style to each moment, and the albums get better with time. I wanted to use graphics in the same spirit – something abrasive that rewards a closer look. The speaker has a pretty contemporary and clean design, so I used a pattern that disrupts the front of the speaker, but still complements it.
– Barry McGee/Artist