Bang & Olufsen’s Form 2 headphones had their 25th birthday in 2010. Here is the story of how a pair of simple headphones, have lived a long and quite life.
From 1978 to 1981 I attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California, USA to study industrial design. During this period, I had learned about a company in Denmark that was producing some of the most fantastically designed Hi-Fi equipment on the market. At first sight I had fallen in love with their products and the company. The first stereo I ever bought, was of course a Bang & Olufsen Beomaster 1900.
Near the end of my education at Art Center, I decided that I wanted to work as industrial designer somewhere in Europe. Therefore, I thought what better place to start my design career than to work for Bang & Olufsen. So, I wrote to them and said, “hey I would like to work for you as an in-house designer”. After a couple of interviews and talks back and forth, I got the job.
In 1982 I was getting ready to travel to Denmark to start my career as product designer for Bang & Olufsen. In preparing for my trip, I decided to purchase a Sony Walkman to take with me as I always enjoyed listing to music and found this new product idea, which Sony had launched in 1979, to be a fantastic way to enjoy music whenever and wherever. This little product would turn out to have a big influence on some of my future ideas for Hi-Fi design.