In the world of industrial design, Ross Lovegrove is a big deal. His work is held in permanent collections of various design museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA), the Design Museum in London and Vitra Design Museum in Weil Am Rhein in Germany. In the early 80s Lovegrove worked as a designer for Frog Design in West Germany on projects such as Walkmans for Sony, Computers for Apple Computers and later moved to Paris as consultant to Knoll International where he also collaborated with Louis Vuitton and Hermes. Lovegrove has become a somewhat in-house design collaborator for KEF having previously worked on the sculptural Muon speakers, the Muo portable speakers and the MU3 headphones..
An exercise in both engineering and aesthetic excellence, KEF has continued its partnership with visionary designer Ross Lovegrove to produce the MU7. Renowned for his innovative approach and flowing, sculptural forms, Lovegrove has created an over-ear headphone design which is refined, sleek, and a harmonious addition to the wider Ross Lovegrove Collection for KEF.
The ergonomically aluminium constructed headphones are available in two colours, silver grey and charcoal grey. A lightweight, durable headband delivers a snug acoustic seal, with minimal ear pressure. The memory foam ear pads mould to the shape of the head, improving both passive and active noise cancellation and bass response. A swivel point above the ear cups allows the headphones to be rotated and flattened, ideal for travel.
A touchpad on the right ear cup allows users to answer calls, skip tracks and adjust volume through a series of intuitive taps and swipes. Lovegrove notes that “If you are wearing a particular type of headphone, they are an extension of you. Well, what is the best interface? Your finger. It’s like putting your hand over your ears, there’s this gestural elegance.”
Smart Active Noise Cancellation technology uses multiple filters to capture environmental sound, before applying a specialised algorithm to target individual frequencies. For hands-free phone calls, Clear Voice Capture (cVc) isolates the voice of the speaker and minimises all other noise picked up by the microphone, ensuring clear calls regardless of the environment.
The headphones are available now at MSRP $399.99 usd