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October 10, 2013
German industrial designer Dieter Rams is a legend, and for good reason, thanks to his rational, less-is-more philosophy on design. Here, take a look at everything Rams from products to interviews to exhibitions.
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  Dieter Rams: Less But Better A one-on-one video interview on the occasion of his 40th anniversary retrospective at SFMoMA.

    Dieter Rams: Less But Better

    A one-on-one video interview on the occasion of his 40th anniversary retrospective at SFMoMA.

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  Vitsœ Brings Back Dieter Rams 620 Chair Program In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of Dieter Rams's 620 modular seating, Vitsoe has introduced a re-engineered version of the modern classic.  Courtesy of Vitsœ.

    Vitsœ Brings Back Dieter Rams 620 Chair Program

    In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of Dieter Rams's 620 modular seating, Vitsoe has introduced a re-engineered version of the modern classic.

    Courtesy of Vitsœ.
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  Shop the Vintage Braun Catalog A unique online shop that sells only Dieter Rams designs for Braun and Vitsœ, plus vintage Braun electronics issued between 1955 and 1995.

    Shop the Vintage Braun Catalog

    A unique online shop that sells only Dieter Rams designs for Braun and Vitsœ, plus vintage Braun electronics issued between 1955 and 1995.

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  30 Minutes with Dieter Rams Dwell sits down with the designer following the opening of 60s 606 is 50, an exhibition at the New York City Vitsoe shop celebrating 50 years of Rams’ 606 Universal Shelving System.

    30 Minutes with Dieter Rams

    Dwell sits down with the designer following the opening of 60s 606 is 50, an exhibition at the New York City Vitsoe shop celebrating 50 years of Rams’ 606 Universal Shelving System.

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  Rams: Less and More An in-depth look at the 2011 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibition rounding up Rams's vast contributions to the canon of European industrial design.

    Rams: Less and More

    An in-depth look at the 2011 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibition rounding up Rams's vast contributions to the canon of European industrial design.

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  Dieter in the Wild A vintage 620 Chair Programme from the 1960s figures prominently into the Austin, Texas, family room of architects Elizabeth Alford and Michael Young.  Photo by Brent Humphreys.

    Dieter in the Wild

    A vintage 620 Chair Programme from the 1960s figures prominently into the Austin, Texas, family room of architects Elizabeth Alford and Michael Young.

    Photo by Brent Humphreys.
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  Meeting Dieter Rams Always engaging, always insightful, and telling about his own personal style vis-a-vis his sartorial choices. (Buy his Nanna Ditzel-designing walking stick of choice here.)

    Meeting Dieter Rams

    Always engaging, always insightful, and telling about his own personal style vis-a-vis his sartorial choices. (Buy his Nanna Ditzel-designing walking stick of choice here.)

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Dieter Rams: Less But Better

A one-on-one video interview on the occasion of his 40th anniversary retrospective at SFMoMA.

Born in 1932, Dieter Rams spent most of his career as the head of design at the international consumer goods company Braun. During his tenure, Rams inserted his functionalist design aesthetic into many Braun products, while also designing furniture for Vitsoe. He is known for articulating ten principles of "good design," most of which defined the simplicity of his approach: usefulness, honest, long-lasting, minimal and thorough. He's been a frequent presence in Dwell's pages since 2000; here we've rounded up videos, interviews, products, and news on all things Rams.

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