When the design team at Danish electronics manufacturer Bang & Olufsen was sourcing inspiration for what would become its Beovision Harmony television, they found it in an unlikely place: Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens. The venerable amusement park’s pantomime theater has mechanical curtains that fan open like a peacock tail, and the designers mimicked the effect in their television’s screen-concealing oak and aluminum speaker panels, which open and close at the touch of a button.
Debuted at Milan Design Week in April, the futuristic home accessory officially launches this month. Like a midcentury entertainment cabinet, the Beovision Harmony’s wood blinds allow it to integrate effortlessly into a space without sacrificing a room’s aesthetics. Come showtime, the panels artfully unfold to reveal a 77-inch 4K OLED screen from LG mounted on a steel stand, fusing cutting-edge technology and classic Danish design.
“The combination of wood and aluminum creates a new and exciting [aesthetic],” says Bang & Olufsen’s creative director, Kresten Bjørn Krab-Bjerre. “The ultimate goal was to create a television for people who believe aesthetics are just as important as experience.”