The Art of Impossible

The Bang & Olufsen Design Story


A fascinating behind-the-scenes celebration of Bang & Olufsen, a brand whose excellence and innovation has shaped and continues to shape modern product design


ISBN: 9780500518359 Category:

Bang & Olufsen


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.

The Art of Impossible 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.

Additional information

Weight 1808 g
Dimensions 26 x 30.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 February 2016
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Dimensions 26 x 30.4 cm
Weight 1808 g


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Bang & Olufsen (B&O) is a Danish consumer electronics company that designs and manufactures audio products, television sets and telephones. Founded in 1925, it now employs nearly 2,500 people.