Although now a little too late (and a little too large and heavy) for a Christmas stocking, this revamped (albeit mock-up) Beocenter 1400 for the 21st century could be yours at ‘just’ 12.000 euros… provided you can wait three months for it to be specially constructed for you!
Manufactured from an original Beocenter 1400 case, the manually-reworked anodised aluminium and teak casing has been updated to include a DVD player, 16:9 display panel and a smart card reader and is the perfect gift for the BeoCollector:
“Beocenter 1400” – designed for Bang & Olufsen in 1973 by Jacob Jensen – embodies the epitome of Scandinavian design at the top of its historical relevance. Formal language, relation of nature and technology, and formalism in interface design all conjure up the spirit of modernism. In the series of the Bootleg Objects, the BO.02 is a representative of the era of the music cassette. However, the cassette slot now houses a smart card reader. Further, a DVD-drive is hidden behind a previously unused groove in the front panel, and a 16:9 TFT display has joined the object on the sly. The legendary slider control formerly used to control the radio tuning now becomes both a display and controller for a whole slew of functions. Consequently, instead of “tuning” the label now reads “anything”.
Measuring 660 x 80 x 260mm the collectible objet d’art would be a proud addition to any music afficianado’s collection.