Search Menu
Home Latest News Menu

This is what it takes to design beautiful speakers

See pics from inside the Bang & Olufsen factory

  • Patrick Hinton
  • 29 January 2016

If you browsed our gallery showcasing the inside of a vinyl factory yesterday, you'll know how adept a photographer Alastair Philip Wiper is at capturing the beauty in mechanics and machinery. Now he's given us access to another gallery of images that further underline this skill.

These images are taken from his book The Art of Impossible: The Bang & Olufsen Design Story which depicts the rich history of the world's oldest consumer electronics company, Bang & Olufsen, who are famed for the incredible speaker systems they produce.

Peter Bang and Sven Olufsen founded the company in Denmark in 1925, and in the 91 years since have developed it into one of the finest in its field.

Over the course of a year and a half, Wiper documented Bang & Olufsen at their home on the west coast of Jutland. The four chapters in the book (The Creative Process, The History, Discovering and Making and Eleven Designs) show the development of the company from its humble beginnings working out of an attic to the powerhouse it is today.

It features 300 specially commissioned images, including many beautiful shots of the factory at work, constructing the complexly designed speakers.

Talking about the project, Wiper revealed: " I like to work with subjects that are not usually considered to be particularly beautiful and try to make them look amazing.

"I have been aware of Bang & Olufsen's designs since I was a kid, and when I moved to Denmark ten years ago they became bigger on my radar - Danes are very proud of the history of the company.

"I didn't want to do a boring design book, I wanted to make a book that made you smile as you read it. And to my surprise Bang & Olufsen went with the idea all the way, and that is the book that came out."

Check out the gallery above.

The Art Of Impossible is out now and can be purchased here

Load the next article