Bringing two brands together thoughtfully and creatively is always the aim of any successful collaboration. Brands at the top of their respective fields settle for nothing less than supreme quality, with the results always being something special. In its new partnership with the esteemed French leathermaker Berluti, Bang & Olufsen has been able to push the boundaries of its already impressive product offering while still maintaining the tonal brilliance that has defined the brand since its inception in 1925. As the nascent B&O rolled out its first wireless sets, Alessandro Berluti’s company had just entered its third decade. Now part of LVMH, Berluti is headquartered in Paris but still manufactures in northern Italy, specialising in exquisitely hand-tooled leatherwork.
The collection is comprised of six unique pieces that epitomise excellence in sound and design. Lovers of beautiful objects and portable technology will delight in the Beosound A1 2nd Gen Berluti Edition portable speaker, which boasts up to 18 hours of battery playtime and authentic 360-degree omnidirectional sound, as well as a minimalist design in Grey Mist with a mirror-polished finish inspired by Berluti’s ready-to-wear accessories. The calf-leather cord in shiny dark brown tones makes it perfect for portability.
Those that prefer a more intimate music experience will choose the Beoplay H95 Berluti Edition wireless headphones, which feature a whopping 36-hour playtime in one charge and exceptional sound quality with effective noise cancellation. Complementing this high-level performance, the headband, hand-crafted in Berluti’s Italian workshop, features the Maison’s trademark Venezia leather with a TDM Intenso Patina and an embossed logo. To protect the speaker and the headphones is a custom-designed pouch in Berluti’s Signature canvas with a Venezia leather label.
Berluti and Bang & Olufsen redefine interior audio design with the Beosound Balance Berluti Edition home speaker, whose soft cylindrical silhouette features a hidden touch interface that lights up when approached. Its seven-speaker drivers with beam-forming technology offer a choice between powerful, room-filling sound and precise acoustic directivity for an immersive music experience. Berluti’s Venezia leather is wrapped around the wooden base for a refined touch, coordinating with the dark brown fabric of the speaker. Finally, two exceptional, made-to-order pieces for the home complete the lifestyle offer: the Beovision Harmony Berluti Edition television and the Beolab 90 Berluti Edition speaker. The intelligent, 8,200-watt speaker represents the most powerful sound experience Bang & Olufsen has ever created. Its aluminium base, covered with Venezia leather with a TDM Intenso patina, is a perfect match for the television, a remarkable combination of art and technology featuring an LG 4k-resolution OLED screen.
When not in use, the television folds down into a sculptural shape with its panels partially covering the screen. When it is turned on, the panels fan out and elevate the screen to perfect viewing height. Exceptionally fine, perforated and patinated Venezia leather covers the speaker panels.
This exceptional collaboration is available in select Berluti and Bang & Olufsen stores and e-shops.