Braun has re-issued its line of classic watches designed by Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs from the 1970s. The collection has been approved by Dietrich Lubs, and only slight modifications have been made in the reissues. These watches exemplify the clean, modernist design that Rams is renown for. Devoid of decoration and superfluous elements, this is collection of beautifully minimalist consumer goods. A few of these watches are available for purchase from Vetted.
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From the one Braun designer to an other. Emi Schenkelbach from Israel designed this beautiful Kettle witch combines three basic shapes: Triangle, Square and Circle. I wanted to keep a clean and elegant design, which will allow this kettle to look natural with any kitchen. I have decided to make the kettle float a bit, using the power supply. The visual look of the kettle is different according to the viewing angle, which keeps making it interesting the more you observe it.
Systems is an exhibition of commissioned poster designs and ‘60s Braun products, presented in a single grid at the Walter Knoll London showroom from 25 Nov – 31 Dec 2013. The exhibition is curated by das programm and produced in association with Braun. An international group of graphic designers respond to the systematicity of Braun Design, each one of them notably minimalist, such as Experimental Jetset, Hey Studio, Ross Gunter, Antonio Carusone, Spin, Tomasz Berezowski, Spin and more. Featured here is Berlin–based studio Neubau‘s series of posters, exploring the concepts of Form, Typography and Colour. Find out more about each poster and the specific concept developed in each design. All the works are available for purchase as a limited edition of A1 prints, individually or as a cased set. I’d love one in my living room!
South Korea based industrial designer Kim Seongjin, a recent graduate from Hongik University, has designed a digital camera that pays homage to Dieter Rams. Rams’s work in the 1950′s and 60′s for German consumer products giant, Braun, has proved to be hugely inspirational over the years and so Seongjin has designed this simple, minimal, and incredibly beautiful digital camera concept. One that I would love to see produced. As a designer, understanding the design DNA of a particular company is important, and as a tribute to Braun, I wanted to create a new generation product with Braun’s design DNA of the 1950′s. If you are not familiar with the work of Dieter Rams during his time at Braun, there is a fantastic purchasable collection over at das programm.
Dieter Rams’ Ten Principles for Good Design inspired the latest weather app, WTHR, by Visual Designer David Elgena. The identity of Braun products subtly come through with the classic minimalist forms, universal icons, intuitive display and clean, simple font. The drop shadows on the symbol displays and toggle button for temperature conversion add depth while using the app which makes the iPhone transform into another (Apple) product. For $0.99 at the App store, it sounds like a bargain. After all, how often do we really need to know that today’s highest temperature in was 70C at 2.20pm when conditions were partly cloudy at 83% humidity? Stop wasting time staring at weather radars and atmospheric pressure readings, you’re not an airline pilot…WTHR™ Indeed. Devoid of all unnecessary information stripped down to just what most people in moderate climates need, I think WTHR celebrates the trend of good design in a sensory-overload culture. Check out this YouTube video for a short demo.
As we get closer to closing 2011, I thought it would be worthwile to re-visit somebody who has been featured on Minimalissimo multiple times for his visionary approach in design that never goes of out style: German industrial designer Dieter Rams. Already in the early 1980s and as a chief designer for Braun, Dieter Rams was aware and concerned by the state of the material world around him. Surrounded by what he called “an impenetrable confusion of forms, colours and noise” he created ten principles of good design that I found appropriate to feature before we enter 2012, another year full of creativity and design. 1. Good design is innovative 2. Good design makes a product useful 3. Good design is aesthetic 4. Good design helps us to understand a product 5. Good design is unobtrusive 6. Good design is honest 7. Good design is durable 8. Good design is consequent to the last detail 9. Good design is concerned with the environment 10. Good design is as little design as possible With Mr. Rams’ words in mind, I hope you find it inspiring to either design or appreciate the design that is Good Design.
Düller is a stationary brand developed by I.D.E.A. Recently, they paired Dietrich Lubs (Braun) and Naori Miyazaki (I.D.E.A.) together to make a small stationary collection, consisting of a ballpoint pen, fountain pen and mechanical pencil. The pieces are made using aluminium and come packaged in a notebook made from recycled Green Aid paper. I absolutely love the way the black of the outer shell is contrasted ever so subtly with dark-green highlights. Two of the pieces from the stationary collection are available from Vetted. I picked up the ballpoint pen and the mechanical pencil from Via Alley on Crown Street in Sydney.
A prototype of a standalone device to listen to Spotify at home, that was the degree project of Jordi Parra, an Interaction Design student at the Umeå Institute of Design. Parra created a device inspired by the work of Dieter Rams for Braun. The functional player comes with 8 (RFID) tags that can be assigned to a Spotify link, album, artist or search. The device has two small buttons to skip to the next and previous track in the queue. The big button is the volume control and reader for the tags. Unfortunately this device is not available for sale. Parra created the prototype to show and test the concept but it is not a final product yet. During the project Christian Wilsson, Art Director at Spotify, provided feedback and maybe they will find a way to bring this product to market.
5,0 Original is a German beer from the Braunschweig/ Feldschlößchen brewery. It’s a no-frills beer, positioned in the low-price segment. The packaging, designed by Germany’s Feldmann+Schultchen Design Studios, supports their unpretentious self-image: a simple two-colour label and crown cap, no pricey gold foil, and a purely text-based design. I would say that the design works well for the brand… But is it minimalist? Your thoughts please.
Collecting is a strange addiction. As collectors, we always find an underlying argument to preserve things we like. Artur Walther wanted to find a way to share his personal art collection with the public. German born, New York based collector and former investment banker, Artur Walther, converted three of his family homes into a private museum to exhibit The Walther Collection. The Walther Collection’s three exhibition buildings—White Box, Green House, and the Black House opened in June 2010, in Burlafingen, near Ulm, Southern Germany. The White Box, designed by German architect Braungerr Wörtz, honors the spirit of minimalism. Severely stripped of details, the space is calm and pale. The concrete material was not intended to remain beyond the construction phase. Artur Walther liked the raw concrete of the ceiling and walls so much that it ultimately remained exposed, as a design element. The Black House stands quietly, in the green pasture like a dark chocolate cake. Undeniably charming. Reaching collector status had once a constructive meaning in my life. Inventory no longer makes my heart flip-flop. That’s a relief. (Thank you, Eili!)
The geometric formed Lift Tables, designed by German based designer Mark Braun, will be part of DMY’s exhibit at the Milan Design Week next week. The roto mould - a molding process for creating many kinds of mostly hollow plastic products - tables have two areas each for so called flexible use like for example a pack of books you want to read. Unfortunately you cannot buy the tables yet … since Braun is looking ahead for producers of this nice minimalist furniture pieces.
This is not our first post about Dieter Rams, and probably also not the last. He is a true minimalist god, and in the more than 40 years that he spent working at Braun, he established himself as one of the most influential designers of the twentieth century. His elegantly clear visual language not only defined product design for decades, but also our fundamental understanding of what design is and what it can and should do. Book Less and More elucidates the design philosophy of Dieter Rams . The book contains images of hundreds of Rams’s products as well as his sketches and models. In addition to the rich visual presentation of his designs, the book contains new texts by international design experts that explain how the work was created, describe its timeless quality, and put it into current context. Less and More is edited by Professor Klaus Klemp and Keiko Ueki-Polet. One of the world’s leading experts in the field of product design, Klemp has been acquainted with Dieter Rams for many years and is an authority on his work. Ueki-Polet is one of Japan’s most renowned design curators. She is well acquainted with design developments in both Asia...