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Get to Know: Dieter Rams


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.

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.

Dieter Rams: Less But Better A one-on-one video interview on the occasion of his 40th anniversary retrospective at...
The updated 620 Chair Program, designed by Dieter Rams for Vitsœ in 1962, has just been reintroduced to the market at...
Deiter Rams-designed SK 5 phonosuper, perhaps the most iconic audio design in the Braun archives.
The word "icon" is thrown around rather freely in the design world, but when discussing Dieter Rams and his body of...
Rams: Less and More An in-depth look at the 2011 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibition rounding up Rams's vast...
Dieter Rams’s modular 620 Chair Programme, from the 1960s, takes center stage in the Alford-Young family’s living room.
Meeting Dieter Rams Always engaging, always insightful, and telling about his own personal style vis-a-vis his...
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