Bang & Olufsen, a maker of high end consumer electronics, last week unveiled a signature series of limited edition cordless telephone handsets to celebrate its 80th birthday. The BeoCom 2 handset is priced at $1,000 for the more basic unit and $1,450 for a more limited edition which has unique patterns hand etched into the surface by Danish designer Bess Kristoffersen.
The limited edition BeoCom 2 handset, said Bang & Olufsen, will be available only in a run of 600 units, of which half will have the hand etched carvings. A new color specially developed for this series will be present on the exterior of the phones, and other features will include a unique shape, a unique ringing tone, caller id and a phonebook which can store up to 200 names and numbers.
“BeoCom 2 represents what our company strives to achieve — it is an everyday object, refined and transformed into the perfect combination of innovative design and state-of-the-art performance,” states Bang & Olufsen CEO, Torben Ballegaard Sorensen, in a statement. “The inspiration for all of our product concepts comes from a myriad of places — in this instance, it stems from the cutting edge technology of tomorrow, to the thoughts and actions of an artist inspired by nature herself.”