Design-conscious music lovers are in for a treat this spring, when audio pioneers Bang & Olufsen open a new lifestyle showroom in Boston’s trendy SoWa art+design district, at 460 Harrison Avenue. The new showroom, styled by the design team at Casa Design Group, will offer customers an immersive home experience featuring the latest Bang & Olufsen products alongside furniture by a famed Italian brand, Molteni&C.
Molteni&C is a perfect choice to match Bang & Olufsen’s unique aesthetic. With histories stretching back to 1925 and 1934, respectively, both Bang & Olufsen and Molteni&C have come to define luxury living by creating products acclaimed as much for their stylish looks as for the high quality of their engineering and materials.
Founded just nine years after the Danish company began making radios in the attic of the Olufsen family home, Molteni&C opened as a simple mobilficio, or furniture factory, evolving into a global icon in large part to its collaborations with successive generations of innovative designers, from Aldo Rossi, Richard Sapper, and Angelo Mangiarotti, to Alvar Aalto, Fin Juhl, Carlo De Carli, Werner Blaser, Luca Meda, Dante Bonuccelli, and Vincent Van Duysen.
The two companies not only share a passion for innovative design and a scrupulous attention to detail, many of their groundbreaking early products have become highly desirable collectibles. These are just a few of the highlights of their current collections that will be featured in the new showroom.
Bang & Olufsen’s Beovision Harmony is a thoroughly modern take on the mid-century entertainment cabinet, with panels that ingeniously rotate down when you turn on the TV, then fold up in front of the screen when it’s not in use. The Beovision Eclipse, with its sharp, black glass screen cutting straight through the organic aluminum body, is a statement of picture and sound in perfect alignment, with a motorized floor stand allows you to turn and unfold the television towards you, creating unparalleled viewing comfort customized to your space. For speakers, the Beolab 90 is “perhaps the world’s most advanced digital loudspeaker,” delivering unprecedented power and acoustic performance, with no less than 8,200 watts per speaker and unique features like Active Room Compensation, Beam Direction Control, and Beam Width Control. The Beosound Shape is a modular, wall mounted speaker system that offers immersive sound, customizable design, and integrated noise dampers.
Molteni&C’s iconic looks include the Gio Ponti D.859.1 Table, with its trapezoidal single-span bridge supporting the top, giving the whole piece a sense of aerodynamic lightness, and the D. 552.2 Gio Ponti Small Table, a classic Ponti design, crafted of solid rosewood with satinized bronze legs and ultra light transparent triangular top. Dada kitchens are represented with Prime, which features a range of different compositions, complete with snack bar and recessed opening that runs seamlessly the length and breadth of the kitchen, and VVD, Vincent Van Duysen’s multi-level, dynamic kitchen suspended on an aluminum frame. Other highlights include Octave, Vincent Van Duysen’s modular sofa system using rigorous shapes and “a subtle study of proportions, creating a graphic interplay of geometric volumes,” and his Louisa coffee tables, a series of three models, in different sizes and finishes of wood and cement. With their simple conical plinth balancing tops like suspended trays, they are the quintessence of modern elegance.
The Bang & Olufsen lifestyle showroom will be opening this spring at 460 Harrison Avenue in Boston, MA. For more information, contact us.