Iconic Bang & Olufsen designer Jacob Jensen dies at age 89

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The Danish industrial designer who created some of Bang & Olufsen’s most recognisable and acclaimed audio products died last Friday, aged 89.

Jensen was the chief designer at Bang & Olufsen for more than two decades, establishing the sleek and minimal design language that is still present in B&O products today.

“Jacob Jensen was an iconic Danish designer and the design world will no doubt be saddened by the news of his passing,” said Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia.

“His unique design language set a new benchmark in sleek, elegant and sophisticated aesthetics and functionality – particularly so for the brilliant work he did while at Bang & Olufsen. He will be remembered as one of the pioneers of Danish design.”

B&O Beogram 4000

B&O Beogram 4000

Bang & Olufsen vice president brand, design and marketing Marie Kristine Schmidt paid tribute to the famous designer.

“Jacob Jensen was one of Denmark’s strongest designers and has played an important part of our company history. He was a design thinker, that we had the privilege to work with creating some of the most iconic products in Bang & Olufsen history such as BeoGram 4000, BeoMaster 1900 and the first Bang & Olufsen headphones U70.  We were sad to learn of his passing, and our thoughts are with his family and friends,” she said.

As well as minimalist high-end consumer electronics, Jensen designed kitchen appliances for Gaggenau, as well as toys, watches and telephones. Some of his works are now part of the permanent design collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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