Bang & Olufsen

The Art of Impossible

The Bang & Olufsen Design Story

  1. Bang & Olufsen
  2. Text and Photography by Alastair Philip Wiper
  • ISBN 9780500518359
  • 30.50 x 25.50 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 240pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2015

The official 90th anniversary publication celebrating Bang & Olufsen, a brand whose excellence and innovation has shaped modern product design

‘The book embodies and reflects the design principles of Bang & Olufsen, referencing their singular aesthetic and leaving ample space for the work to speak alongside writing on their ideas and processes’ – It’s Nice That

Art of Impossible - The Bang & Olufsen Design Story

Founded in 1925 by Danish innovators Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, Bang & Olufsen is one of the world’s foremost consumer electronics companies. For nearly a century, their audio products, television sets and telephones have continually broken the rules and conventions of product design, dictating visual trends and altering irrevocably the appearance of our homes in the process.

This book takes you behind the company logo and delves into the stories behind each of the breakthrough, iconic Bang & Olufsen designs – from their first ever product through to the BeoLab 90.

There is information on both the materials and manufacturing processes used for each Bang & Olufsen model, as well as profiles on the designers behind each innovative creation.

The underlying philosophy, though, remains unwavering: that design must always serve a purpose. Featuring an extensive archive of sketches and prototypes, specially commissioned photographs of individual products in various interior settings, as well as an exclusive insight into the models that never found their way onto the market, this is the definitive publication on a company whose design inventions are in a league of their own.

Alastair Philip Wiper is a British Photographer and writer based in Copenhagen. From the laboratories of CERN in Switzerland to giant shipyards in South Korea and radio observatories in Peru, Alastair specializes in science, industry, architecture and exploring the unintentional beauty in infrastructure.