DESIGN TALK: The Art of Crafting Sound Systems
November 27 2013 : ( 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm )
Come and hear Concept Developer of Acoustics from Bang & Olufsen
Kresten Bjørn Krab-Bjerre talk about the design legacy of Bang & Olufsen and how this translates into the latest products. A talk about craftsmanship and being true to materials. The importance of reproducing sound as the artist intended and finally about speakers with a presence.
Kresten Bjørn Krab-Bjerre
Concept Developer, Acoustics at Bang & Olufsen
“It’s what we do so well at Bang & Olufsen: Bringing highly skilled craftsmen together to develop incredible, surprising products. But at the beginning of any project, design, mechanics and acoustics battle against each other. My role is that of peacemaker, making sure that everyone spends quality time together so that the tension becomes unity! I completed an apprenticeship in tool making, plus an engineering and design degree, and in this job I use them all. It’s just great.
With BeoLab 18, there were hurdles to get over, naturally. The new wireless technology gives us great freedom as you no longer need to consider a mess of wires all over the room, but with this speaker being made from aluminium, we needed to work intensively with our antenna experts to attain the ultimate wireless performance. The wooden lamella on the front if the speaker is also a fantastic achievement. Our lifelong supplier of wooden part told me that ‘it’s difficult to imagine something more difficult to make’, but I know he likes a challenge, and I’m proud of the result. The crowning glory of BeoLab 18 is the acoustic Lens, which stands on a hair-thin light guide that illuminates and welcomes you when you turn on the speaker. It then spreads its light 360 degrees. It truly is a speaker that’s beautiful from every angle.”
See pictures from the Design Talk here