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Milan Design Week 2019

93 Years of Magic

The visionary legacy of our products on display this week in Milan.

93 years of magic

A dialogue between past and present

  • CRAFT
  • DESIGN

Ever since we launched our first product in 1926, classic designs have shaped the visionary legacy of our brand. Discover the designs that have led the way to our latest state-of-the-art TV, Beovision Harmony. Experience sound and vision in a choreographed performance of magical movement and human-centric design. Let the magic unfold.

Heritage products overview
Beovision Harmony Television

Beovision Harmony

Oak wood

Discover the new Beovision Harmony: a revolutionary television for music and movie lovers with a unique passion for design and craft.

Image of Hyperbo 5 RG Steel made by Bang&Olufsen in 1934

1934

Hyperbo 5 RG Steel

Designed by Bang & Olufsen, this very early piece of sound-as-furniture was ahead of its time and a true example of design history. It was inspired by the Bauhaus movement and founder Peter Bang’s Marcel Breuer desk chair and only very few were produced.

1939

Beolit 39

The Beolit 39 was the first in a series of radios from Bang & Olufsen and introduced the new way of wording the products starting with Beo. The innovative, organically shaped bakelite radio took its inspiration from a Buick dashboard. In honour of this true icon, its name also served as inspiration when Bang & Olufsen launched its On-the-go category back in 2012 with Beolit 12.

1959

Beovision Capri TV

The elegant teak wood 17" TV on fixed legs was one in a series of televisions, which looked to the Danish modern furniture movement in expression, material and form. The long legs, rounded corners and slightly tilted grey screen in front of the picture tube was a major step towards a more minimalist appearance.

1976

Beomaster 1900

Designed by Jacob Jensen, this radio receiver and amplifier broke ground as it challenged the industry with its touch-sensitive opening and closing, easily accessible primary functions versus hidden secondary functions. It is part of the MoMa permanent collection and won the ID Award in 1976.

1984

Beovox CX 100

Designed by Jacob Jensen, these classic passive loudspeakers are among the most successful in Bang & Olufsen history and was in production until late 2003. The clean design with the aluminium cabinet and black fabric is timeless and retro all at once.

1985

Beovision MX 2000

Designed by David Lewis, the Beovision MX2000 was a completely different kind of TV. Visually the television was remarkable because of its contrast screen and technically it introduced stereo sound, automatic channel search and a state of the art remote control. With its lean-back design on the floor or table it took a more casual take on TV design.

1986

Beocenter 9000

Designed by Jacob Jensen, this cassette recorder, CD player and radio was a further development of the Beomaster 1900 by the same designer. Avantgarde not only in its mirroring aluminium and glass surface, but in its easy touch fields of the glass panels and the hidden functions only visible when the CD or cassette tape was changed.

1998

BeoCom 6000

Designed by Henrik Sørig Thomsen, this cordless telephone is curved in profile and simple in shape. Characterized by having a cutting edge wheel allowing various lists with recently dialed or stored numbers to be easily scrolled through. It came with a charger bases for wall or table mounting.

2003

BeoSound 3200

Designed by David Lewis, this classic radio and CD player also known as BeoSound Ouverture when launched in the early 90s marked a new era of design, emphasising the function of the machine. The vertical play-back of a CD was a first ever in the world and allowed the product to be mounted on the wall. The glass doors will respond to a wave of the hand, automatically opening and revealing the controls in the bottom.

The sounds that are playing on the three TV’s, the Beovision Harmony, are a curated selection from the toolbox used by the Bang & Olufsen acousticians to optimize performance, stress test and perfectly tune any speaker or headphone.

Sound

It’s a soundscape created especially for 93 Years of Magic – a dialogue between past and present represented by five different sounds recognizable to only the most dedicated of fans: Noises such as The Sweep, a pink noise used to identify what units are active, a battery test life noise used to stress test and determine battery life, and a burst used to index sound capability on speakers at full volume. Finally, what we call Artkick, which is used to tune speakers on lower frequencies simulating different ryhtmical sounds.

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