Bang & Olufsen and Norm Architects Create New Collection

B and O The Contrast Collection

writer icon Hanne Larsen     ISB   |   Business     🕐 04. Feb. 2020

Bang & Olufsen have announced The Contrast Collection. A limited eight-piece collection created in collaboration with Danish design studio Norm Architects.

The Contrast Collection is, according to Bang & Olufsen, an exploration of material combinations and tactile surfaces between minimal and expressive, rough and smooth, light and dark, silence and loudness, harmony and noise, "celebrating the shared curiosity and craftmanship between the two brands using material tensions that intrigue and excite", write Bang & Olufsen in a press release.

“The Contrast Collection is a timeless interpretation of current interior trends focusing on tactility and textures. The combination of colour tones, materials and surfaces make the collection a unique new offering, in a timeless design. The products are not only aesthetically aligned, they also deliver amazing Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound,” says Kresten Bjørn Krab-Bjerre, Design Director at Bang & Olufsen.

Light Grey and Anthracite Colour Palette
The colour palette of the collection was determined by exploring new ways of working with aluminium, a material which has become an integrated part of the Bang & Olufsen design aesthetic.

Bang & Olufsen and Norm Architects wanted, with the new collection, to turn the mirror-like aluminium into a soft and warm spectrum of colours with a focus on textures applied to the aluminium.

The brushed aluminium textures have been obtained after countless experiments with different surface treatments.

There is a fine balance between presenting the application of a brushed effect as deliberate and controlled and, after a long process that started with hand brushing pieces of flat aluminium for added tactility, the aluminium experts of Bang & Olufsen managed to achieve this, giving the Contrast Collection its distinctive appearance.

Creating a New Sound Transparent Wool Fabric
Bang & Olufsen helped create its first transparent wool-fabric with Danish design textile company Kvadrat in 2015.

For the Contrast Collection, Bang & Olufsen and Norm Architects wanted to explore a new type of textile to bring more tactility to the products and to integrate them beautifully in the home. The fabric, made of wool and viscose which originates from Kvadrat’s Hallingdal Fabric, provides excellent durability, while the viscose adds a depth to the colour.

The original version uses thick yarns, and as such, the structure has been loosened to deliver high acoustic performance while maintaining its rich texture.

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