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Dieter Rams Furniture

German, b. 1932

German industrial designer Dieter Rams is revered for the pared-down, intuitive electronics and consumer goods he created for Braun — where he worked from 1955 to 1997, most of that time as chief design officer — and his timeless furniture for Vitsœ, a company with which he continues to collaborate today.

Less well known are Rams’s longstanding focus on sustainability and uneasy relationship with contemporary technology, even as Silicon Valley designers like Apple’s Jonathan Ive follow in his rational footsteps.

During Germany’s postwar rebuilding period, Rams and his team of designers at Braun, inspired by the Bauhaus and the Ulm School of Design, focused on extreme simplicity and usability while conceiving products with a modern, forward-looking appearance.

Among Rams’s most iconic designs is the SK 4 phonograph and radio, created in 1956, which had a compact white metal case topped by a revolutionary-at-the-time transparent Plexiglas lid that revealed simple gray controls inside (it was nicknamed Snow White’s Coffin). But it is the T3 portable radio, from 1958, that gets design aficionados most excited today: A white rectangular box with a perforated square for the speaker and a circular-dial control, it bears an unmistakable resemblance to Apple’s original iPod. (Many people also note that the iPhone’s calculator app looks remarkably similar to the Braun ET 66 calculator, with its circular color-coded buttons.)

In the late 1970s, Rams laid out his widely studied 10 principles for good design: It is innovative, makes a product useful, is aesthetic, makes a product understandable, is unobtrusive, is honest, is long lasting, is thorough down to the last detail, is environmentally friendly and is as little design as possible.

One of Rams’s principles that hasn’t translated to our contemporary era is his emphasis on longevity. “The time of thoughtless design and thoughtless consumption is over,” he said in 1976, stressing the need to conserve natural resources — even as he was busy designing plastic products.

Rams has also expressed reservations about how electronics have evolved in recent decades from tools for improving life to time-sucking obsessions. “Every time he crosses a street and sees people glued to their phones, he just can’t conceive of how we got to this point,” says filmmaker Gary Hustwit, whose feature-length documentary on Rams debuted in 2018. “I think he’s a little bit saddened by all this work they did in the fifties and sixties, which had a very idealistic point of view, being a stepping stone to where we are now, and the current lust for technology.”

If digital devices sometimes seem to be making life more complicated, Rams’s precept remains the same as always: “Back to purity, back to simplicity.”

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Creator: Dieter Rams
Dieter Rams, Table RZ 620 by Vitsœ, Germany Design 1962 for Sofa System RZ62
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Dieter Rams for Braun, T2 Table Lighter, 1968. Silver Finished, Rare, Excellent
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Vintage 1970s Braun Table Alarm Clock by Dieter Rams + Dietrich Lubs
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Dieter Rams, Lounge Chair & Ottoman Rz 620 by Vitsœ, Cream-Coloured Leather 1962
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Round/ Oval Extendable Dinning Table #720 by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe, 1972
By Vitsoe, Dieter Rams
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c. 1962, ‘L 25’ Wall-Mounted Flat HiFi Loudspeaker Unit by Dieter Rams for Braun
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Metal Wardrobe Wall Panel Elements RZ 61 by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe, 1960s
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60s 70s Dieter Rams for Vitsoe Armchair Program 620 Design Couch Fabric
By Vitsoe, Dieter Rams
Located in Neuenkirchen, NI
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Dieter Rams for Braun Desk Fan
By Braun, Reinhold Weiss, Dieter Rams
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60s 70s Dieter Rams for Vitsoe Armchair Program 620 Design Couch Fabric Object
By Vitsoe, Dieter Rams
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1970s European Vintage Dieter Rams Furniture

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Dieter Rams and Hans Gugelot, SK 5 Phonosuper Radiogram Braun AG Germany, 1958
By Braun, Hans Gugelot, Dieter Rams
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Dieter Rams furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Dieter Rams furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Dieter Rams collection, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 7 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Dieter Rams were created in Europe during the mid-20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture from Egon Eiermann, Luigi Colani and Tecta. Dieter Rams furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $1,100 and tops out at $5,781, while pieces like these can sell for $3,382.

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