Despite the fact I've donated and sold almost every CD I own, I've yet to let go of one of my favorite designs: the Muji Wall Mounted CD Player (I have the original, shown above, without the FM feature added later). The "pull the cord to turn on/off" feature, alongside the minimalist design from Naoto Fukasawa/IDEO look as fresh as the first day it was prototyped back in 1999. But times and technologies have changed, and so must this design...
The Muji Wall Mounted CD Player was inducted into the Museum of Modern Art in New York into their permanent collection back in 2005, a time when CDs were still the dominant format for purchasing and listening to music. But recognizing this era is setting while the age of digital media has arrived, Muji recently unveiled a new Bluetooth enabled wall mounted speaker system which simply enlarges the speaker face, retaining much of the original design of its CD playing predecessor.
On/Off controls are once again available with a slight tug (be sure to properly wall mount this unit, or you'll have $100 in cracked plastic), while additional control functions are available at the top of the unit and with remote, with connectivity via Bluetooth and a FM radio. Currently only available in Japan for just under $100, expect this newly updated audio design to make its way to domestic outlets sooner than later.