Every product must have it own unique reason to exist.

David Lewis 1939-2011

Words by Torsten Valeur


Londoner David Whitfield Lewis met his fate the day he met Danish au pair Marianne. The two would marry and the couple moved to Denmark in the 1960s.

Originally, David wanted to be a furniture designer. But the class at London’s Central School of Art and Design was full, so instead he decided on an education as an industrial designer. He had a keen interest in Danish design and architecture so moving to Denmark after his graduation was an easy choice.

David founded David Lewis Designers in Copenhagen, and from this studio he would live to design an impressive range of products. In the early 1980s, Bang & Olufsen made David Lewis their chief designer. This unique freelance relationship resulted in numerous international design icons.

David was the man of the studio – and in many ways he still is. Working with David was like working with a master, but we were never the master’s slaves. With his sparkling creativity and vitality David was always very involved in our projects. He could turn things upside down and chase the yet unseen. He brought a tireless desire to change the conventions and to go new ways. He never asked “Why?” but always “Why not?”

David Lewis is currently represented with three Bang & Olufsen products in the permanent design collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. These products carry his name while several others carry his mark.




2007: Honorary fellow, RIBA, Royal Institute of British Architects

2003: Danish Design Council Annual Prize

2002: Knight of the Dannebrog, Denmark

1995: Royal Designer for Industry, London

1994: The Danish ID prize

1994: The Japanese G-mark Design Award

1993: The Japanese G-mark Design Award

1992: The Japanese G-mark Prix

1991: The Japanese G-mark Design Award

1990: The Danish ID prize

1990: The Japanese G-mark Design Award

1989: The Japanese G-mark Design Award

1982: The Danish ID prize

1976: The Danish ID prize


David Lewis


Beo 4

1994 – present

BeoSound 3

2006 – present

BeoLab 3

2003 – present

BeoLab 5

2005 – present

BeoVision 5

2002 – 2006

BeoVision Avant

1995 – 2006

BeoSound Ouverture

1994 – 2003

BeoLab 4000

1997 – 2013

BeoCenter 2200

BeoLab Red Line

1988 – 1995

BeoMaster 3000

1969 – 1975

BeoVision 601


David Lewis “Cleaning up the mess”.

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