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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
German modern metal and plastic table lighter T2 by Dieter Rams for Braun, 1970s
By Dieter Rams, Braun
Located in MIlano, IT
German modern metal and plastic table lighter T2 by Dieter Rams for Braun, 1970s Cylindrical table lighter mod. T2 in knurled metal. The flame supply point is located on one side of ...
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1970s German Modern Vintage Dieter Rams Furniture

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Metal

Dieter Rams for Vitsoe high back lounge chair, model rz60, Germany 1960's
By Vitsoe, Dieter Rams
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Very rare lounge chair designed by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe. We do not see this high back version a lot, let a lone with arm rests. The chair has been reupholstered in cognac faux-lea...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Dieter Rams Furniture

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Metal

Space Age Vintage Authentic Plastic Lounge Chair Dieter Rams 1960s Germany
By Dieter Rams
Located in Vienna, AT
Space Age vintage authentic lounge chair from plastic and leather in brown and ivory color tone by Dieter Rams, 1960s Germany. A fantastic and freestanding vintage lounge chair desig...
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1960s German Space Age Vintage Dieter Rams Furniture

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Ultrasuede, Plastic

Lounge sofa by Dieter Rams for Wolfgang Feierbach Vitsoe RZ62, Germany 1962
By Dieter Rams
Located in Zandhoven, BE
Amazing lounge sofa designed by Dieter Rams upholstered with cowhides. This sofa is in excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Dieter Rams Furniture

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Cowhide, Polyester

Braun SK61 Record Player and L1 floor speaker by Dieter Rams
By Hans Gugelot, Dieter Rams, Braun
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Braun SK61 record player designed by Dieter Rams and Hans Hugelot, 1961. Equip with record player and AM/FM radio. 1950’s Braun L1 speaker included. In goo...
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1960s German Industrial Vintage Dieter Rams Furniture

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Metal

Postmodern Coffee Grinder Designed by Dieter Rams for Braun Germany
By Dieter Rams, Braun
Located in San Diego, CA
This work was created under the supervision of Dieter Rams who was the head of design at Braun from 1961–1995. Great condition like new circa 1980's nice cream and purple colors.
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20th Century German Post-Modern Dieter Rams Furniture

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Plastic

Dieter Rams, 620 Lounge Chair + Ottoman, rare Swivel Base by Vitsœ Leather, 1962
By Dieter Rams, Vitsoe
Located in Munster, NRW
Lounge Chair + Ottoman from the chair program 620 - designed by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe, Germany in 1962. The pictured Lounge Chair and its Ottoman were purchased around 2000 and ha...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dieter Rams Furniture

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Leather

HL-70 Personal Desk Fan by Reinhold Weiss for Braun
By Dieter Rams, Reinhold Weiss, Braun
Located in San Diego, CA
HL-70 personal desk fan by Reinhold Weiss for Braun, circa 1960s. The cylindrical fan, in white on acrylic base, features the fan blades in the left-hand section and a switch for two intensity levels. The fan is in very good vintage condition and measures 2.5"W x 2.5"D x 6"H. This iconic piece is one of Braun's most popular items and is part of the permanent collection of MoMA and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. #2974 The design was created under the supervision of Dieter Rams who was the head of design at Braun from 1961 to 1995. Rams designed over 500 pieces ranging from audio systems...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Dieter Rams Furniture

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Metal

Mid-Century Lounge or Easy Chair by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe, German Design, 1960s
By Vitsoe, Dieter Rams
Located in München, Bavaria
Dimensions ca. 88 x 78 x 88 x 43 cm (WxDxHxSH) This shapely and comfortable lounge easy chair was designed by German Designer Dieter Rams for Vitsoe in the 1960s in Germany. The 620 series is a system of furniture parts that can be used to create sofas and easy chairs alike. This Mid-Century high back chair...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dieter Rams Furniture

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Leather, Upholstery, Fiberglass

1980s Vintage Dieter Rams for Vitsoe 620 Red Leather and Black Two Seat Settee
By Vitsoe, Dieter Rams
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a rare Dieter Rams for Vitsoe 620 two-seater loveseat with gorgeous red leather upholstery and black casing. This is a favorite of ours, ...
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1980s German Modern Vintage Dieter Rams Furniture

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Leather

Vintage 1970s Braun Table Alarm Clock by Dieter Rams + Dietrich Lubs
By Dieter Rams
Located in Hyattsville, MD
It's works perfectly, and was never any leakage in the battery box. Keeps good time. Made in Germany. Good vintage condition. Power Supply / Battery / 1 - C, not included. Measures:...
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1970s German Post-Modern Vintage Dieter Rams Furniture

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Plastic

Dieter Rams Cognac Leather Model 620 3-Seater Sofa for Vitsoe, 1980s
By Vitsoe, Dieter Rams
Located in ABCOUDE, UT
Iconic sofa by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe. The black outer shell is made from a hot-pressed sheet-moulding compound, which is similar to, but stronger than fiberglass. Originally upholst...
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1970s Vintage Dieter Rams Furniture

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Leather, Fiberglass

Dieter Rams 606 Shelving System for Vitsœ
By Vitsoe, Dieter Rams
Located in Neuss, NW
Modular 606 shelving system by Dieter Rams for Vitsœ from the 1960s. High-quality construction consisting of four aluminium E Tracks, nine shelves, a cabi...
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1960s German Vintage Dieter Rams Furniture

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Aluminum

Metal Wardrobe Wall Panel Elements RZ 61 by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe, 1960s
By Vitsoe, Dieter Rams
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: wardrobe elements RZ 61 (program 610) no. 1 Design: Dieter Rams Producer: VITSOE, Germany Origin: Germany AGE: ...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dieter Rams Furniture

Materials

Metal

Plexiglas Stands from Braun Electric by Dieter Rams, 1960s Germany
By Dieter Rams, Braun
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
The buyer of this set gets the four alarm clocks for free. Most go, but are just free of charge and not to complain :). Thanks.
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dieter Rams Furniture

Materials

Acrylic

Very Rare Vitsoe 606 Shelving System Flotating Sideboard by Dieter Rams
By Vitsoe, Dieter Rams
Located in Münster, DE
The Modular Shelving System 606 is an absolute design classic, designed by Dieter Rams in 1960 for VITSOE. Extremely rare variant with teak wood shelves and off-white fronts. The si...
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1660s German Mid-Century Modern Antique Dieter Rams Furniture

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Aluminum

Dieter Rams, Lounge Chair & Ottoman Rz 620 by Vitsœ, Cream-Coloured Leather 1962
By Vitsoe, Dieter Rams
Located in Munster, NRW
Lounge Chair & Ottoman from the 620 chair programme, designed by Dieter Rams for Vitsœ, Germany in 1962. the set pictured was purchased around 2000 and has been in the second home since then and has therefore hardly been used - a really very beautiful condition. the haptically extremely pleasant and cream-coloured leather is the best quality you can order from vitsœ. the wheels run smoothly, you sit very comfortably. all parts are individually labelled with vitsœ! this offer includes1x Lounge Chair and its Ottoman, the other pieces of the set can be found in our other offers. The 620 chair programme is a kit of parts that adapts to your changing life. Separate chairs can become a sofa – or vice versa – at any time in the future. 620 has been designed and built to last a lifetime and more. The highest-quality materials have been used at every level to achieve the ideal balance between comfort and longevity. The outer shell is made from a hot-pressed sheet moulding compound, which is similar to, but stronger than fibreglass. The chair base is a traditional coil-sprung structure overlaid with a rubberised-coir pad (a mixture of torn coconut husks...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dieter Rams Furniture

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Leather

Mid-Century Modern "620" Easy Chair by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe
By Vitsoe, Dieter Rams
Located in Doornspijk, NL
The seating system Dieter Rams designed in 1962 for Vitsoe is just as timeless as his famous Shelving System. The modular principle allows for extreme flexibility. This chair has b...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Dieter Rams Furniture

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Fabric, Fiberglass

60s 70s Dieter Rams for Vitsoe Armchair Program 620 Design Couch Fabric
By Vitsoe, Dieter Rams
Located in Neuenkirchen, NI
60s 70s Dieter Rams for Vitsoe armchair program 620 design couch fabric Object: 2-seater sofa Manufacturer: Vitsoe Condition: good - vintage Age: around 1960-1970 Dime...
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1970s European Vintage Dieter Rams Furniture

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Fabric, Plastic

60s 70s Dieter Rams for Vitsoe Armchair Program 620 Design Couch Fabric Object
By Vitsoe, Dieter Rams
Located in Neuenkirchen, NI
60s 70s Dieter Rams for Vitsoe armchair program 620 design couch fabric Object: 2-seater sofa Manufacturer: Vitsoe Condition: good - vintage Age: around 1960-1970 Dime...
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1970s European Vintage Dieter Rams Furniture

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Fabric, Plastic

c. 1962, ‘L 25’ Wall-Mounted Flat HiFi Loudspeaker Unit by Dieter Rams for Braun
By Dieter Rams, Braun
Located in New York, NY
An iconic set of speakers. These are wired for Europe and could be rewired for your location.
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Mid-20th Century Dieter Rams Furniture

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Metal

Dieter Rams Model 620 for Vitsoe Leather Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Vitsoe, Dieter Rams
Located in Munich, Bavaria
Dieter rams model 620 lounge chair and ottoman manufactured by Vitsoe. It´s the 1st Version with the whole back. Black aniline leather. Great comfort. ...
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Dieter Rams Furniture

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Dieter Rams furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Dieter Rams furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of plastic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Dieter Rams furniture, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Dieter Rams were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by COR, Elmar Flötotto, and Luigi Colani. Prices for Dieter Rams furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $275 and can go as high as $14,307, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,094.
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  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Dieter Rams is known for his work as an industrial designer. The concept "less but better" guides his designs, and his thesis, “Ten Principles of Good Design,” influenced many of his contemporaries. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Dieter Rams furniture.

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