Falling somewhere between art and audio, Braun’s famous wall-mounted Wandanlage hi-fi audio system has always been something a bit special. However, the design piece has received a new update with help from Louis Vuitton artistic director, Virgil Abloh, who delved into the Braun archives and set his sights on reimagining the 1965 piece for a modern world. Straying from Dieter Rams’ principle of ‘as little design as possible’, the stereo system has been covered in chrome plating and given other aesthetic affectations that add to the already sleek profile.
Nearly 60 years on from its launch, the Wandanlage audio system is rightly lauded as an iconic model, with the Abloh and Braun partnership designed to further close the gap between form and function to create what the brand call, ‘functional art’. That being the case, the audio quality was as important as Abloh’s aesthetic updates, winning over audiophile purists and a broader design audience at large with the sound quality. Read more on the collaboration.
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