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BALLO Portable Speaker by Bernhard Burkard for OYO

The market is inundated with portable speakers for your iPhone’s, iPod’s, laptops, etc., but sometimes they’re really more speaker than you need or want to carry around. That’s why I love the simplicity of the BERNHARD | BURKARD-designed BALLO speaker for OYO (Objects You Obsess). The perfectly sphere ball doesn’t even require a stand – you simply lay it down or hang it to provide a 360-degree audio feast.

Much like the head of a microphone, the ball-shaped design features a colorful “belt” around it that helps protect the speaker, as well as increasing the bass when it’s lying down.

The mono-speaker plugs into any 3.5mm jack that a set of headphones would go into and when you plug it in, it comes on automatically. If you prefer stereo sound, you just need 2 BALLOs connected via a stereo wire.

The built-in rechargeable battery lets it be used on the run without having to lug a plug along with you.

BALLO is available in 10 fun colors from OYO.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.