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Rams: Less and More

Making its only American stop in San Francisco, the wonderful show Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams opened this week at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. I got a chance to see the show and to interview Rams last week. He was very charming and (verboten in most cases) had little trouble or qualm about picking up the various objects on display as he described their origins. The show, which originated at the Suntory Museum in Osaka, Japan, is on through February 20th, 2012. Here's a sampling of what you'll see at the show and (as if you needed it) another reminder of why Rams' work for Braun and Vitsoe remains the pinnacle of European industrial design.

One of Rams' most iconic designs, the SK 4 radio-audio combination is from 1956 and was co-designed with Hans Gugelot. Critics famously dubbed this stereo "Snow White's coffin," but the inclusion of a clear acrylic lid to a record player would soon become common. Leave it to Rams to put technology on show in this way.

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