Contrast Collection Test

We are proud to present Bang & Olufsen Interior Collection 2020:

CONTRAST COLLECTION

In line with our season collections, which we – inspired by the fashion industry – launch twice a year, introduce
Bang & Olufsen also an annual interior collection. We aim to create products that you are not only proud of in terms of performance, but equally proud to have as part of your interior design.

When we select the colors, we draw inspiration from the global trends in interior design and design.
We select colours and materials that emphasize our honest and natural materials and our Nordic aesthetics
– which is made to look beautiful in the home.

CONTRAST by Bang & Olufsen is a collection that focuses on the joy of differences – between light and darkness, silence and noise, soft and hard – and celebrates the elemental tensions that fascinate and inspire us.

NORM ARCHITECS

CONTRAST has been established in a fruitful collaboration with the Danish design studio Norm Architects. They are known for creating a portfolio of soothing spaces designed for the senses and often use neutral color palettes and materials with tactile surface textures. They were therefore the perfect match for our ambition to create a unique and sensual collection with our exclusive audio products.

Together we defined a unifying theme and made a moodboard with different materials and finishes. The integration of these materials and details into our products has been a long journey, combining the process with ambition and know-how.

NORM ARCHITECS

CONTRAST has been established in a fruitful collaboration with the Danish design studio Norm Architects. They are known for creating a portfolio of soothing spaces designed for the senses and often use neutral color palettes and materials with tactile surface textures. They were therefore the perfect match for our ambition to create a unique and sensual collection with our exclusive audio products.

Together we defined a unifying theme and made a moodboard with different materials and finishes. The integration of these materials and details into our products has been a long journey, combining the process with ambition and know-how.

Aluminum

We have been experimenting with different aluminium coatings for a long time. Originally, these effects were intended for the previous Bronze Collection, but they did not mature enough for us to implement them. There is a delicate balance between giving a surface a controlled, brushed effect and giving it a treatment that looks like an injury. After a long process, we finally managed to achieve the effect that gives the CONTRAST collection much of its distinctive appearance.

Anthracite

It was a huge logistical and time-consuming challenge to unify the color of anodisation across the On-The-Go, Flexible Living and Staged categories. The process started at Factory 5, where we defined a pattern copy that was sent out to all suppliers to ensure proper color matching. Each product in this collection has different production processes and its very own story. But after a large, careful work combined with a lot of working hours and traveling around the world, CONTRAST emerged.

Aluminum

We have been experimenting with different aluminium coatings for a long time. Originally, these effects were intended for the previous Bronze Collection, but they did not mature enough for us to implement them. There is a delicate balance between giving a surface a controlled, brushed effect and giving it a treatment that looks like an injury. After a long process, we finally managed to achieve the effect that gives the CONTRAST collection much of its distinctive appearance.

Anthracite

It was a huge logistical and time-consuming challenge to unify the color of anodisation across the On-The-Go, Flexible Living and Staged categories. The process started at Factory 5, where we defined a pattern copy that was sent out to all suppliers to ensure proper color matching. Each product in this collection has different production processes and its very own story. But after a large, careful work combined with a lot of working hours and traveling around the world, CONTRAST emerged.

THE BRUSHING PROCESS

The whole process started with hand brushing some flat pieces of aluminum, which we then implemented on a curved texture, where a robot turned the taper around. Once we had approved the final “surface finish”, the whole process had to be automated. This meant that our engineers had to program the machines and robots to perform all of the above steps for mass production. It was the skill and persistence of Factory 5 that made it possible to develop this surface that is not found on any other product. And that’s why CONTRAST is unique.

THE BRUSHING PROCESS

The whole process started with hand brushing some flat pieces of aluminum, which we then implemented on a curved texture, where a robot turned the taper around. Once we had approved the final “surface finish”, the whole process had to be automated. This meant that our engineers had to program the machines and robots to perform all of the above steps for mass production. It was the skill and persistence of Factory 5 that made it possible to develop this surface that is not found on any other product. And that’s why CONTRAST is unique.

HALLINGDAL

Hallingdal is Kvadrat’s first fabric and one of their most popular sofa fabrics. The intention was to use a fabric with a texture suitable for interior design, so that the collection can be better integrated into the home. Hallingdal is made of wool and viscose, which complement each other fantastically well. The wool provides excellent durability and flexibility, while viscose adds shine and depth to the colour. The original version uses thick yarn, so to make the fabric acoustically transparent we had to customize the structure in close cooperation with Kvadrat. After several experiments, we found the right balance between loosening the fabric to make it meet our acoustic standards, while maintaining the rich texture.

HALLINGDAL

Hallingdal is Kvadrat’s first fabric and one of their most popular sofa fabrics. The intention was to use a fabric with a texture suitable for interior design, so that the collection can be better integrated into the home. Hallingdal is made of wool and viscose, which complement each other fantastically well. The wool provides excellent durability and flexibility, while viscose adds shine and depth to the colour. The original version uses thick yarn, so to make the fabric acoustically transparent we had to customize the structure in close cooperation with Kvadrat. After several experiments, we found the right balance between loosening the fabric to make it meet our acoustic standards, while maintaining the rich texture.