As Little Design as Possible

The definitive monograph on Dieter Rams’ life, work, and ideas. Dieter Rams is one of the most influential product designers of the twentieth century. Even if you don’t immediately recognise his name, you have almost certainly used one of the radios, clocks, lighters, juicers, shelves or hundreds of other products he designed. He is famous not only for this vast array of well-formed products but for his remarkably prescient ideas about the correct function of design in the messy, out-of-control world we inhabit today. These ideas are summed up in his ‘10 principles of good design’.

In that spirit, As Little Design as Possible is a clear, comprehensive and beautiful presentation of Dieter Rams’ life and his work. It is a must-have book for anyone interested in Rams’ work, his legacy, and his ideas about how to live.

Published by Phaidon, this monograph embodies that proposition: it’s a clear, comprehensive, and beautiful presentation of the life and work—for the likes of Braun and Vitsœ—of one of the most influential product designers of the 20th century.

The author, Sophie Lovell is an English writer, curator, and creative consultant as well as a long-term contributing editor and currently the Germany editor of the international lifestyle magazine Wallpaper*. She has written and edited several books on design and architecture including Limited Edition: Prototypes, One-Offs and Design Art Furniture and Furnish—Furniture and Interior Design for the 21st Century.

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