Awhile ago, I challenged my audio engineer friend to send recommendations for audio components that didn't look like the stereotypical choices of a gear-obsessed...well...audio engineer. Looks like he was up to the challenge! Finnish audio component manufacturer Amphion's Ion speakers are designed with both an interior designer's eye and a sound engineer's ears in mind, and pass muster on the aesthetic end for sure. The Ion line includes the desktop-size Ion+, available in variety of magnetic fastened cloth cover covers to blend in with your home office or home entertainment setup. Partner a pair of these with a NuForce Icon2 amplifier and now you're looking good while sounding better.
[Editor correction: the speaker was mislabeled as the Ion C (the center speaker version). The post has been corrected as the Ion+]