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Wiese-Vitsoe
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© MAKK / Photo: Jonas Schneider, Gabriel Richter

With his “less, but better” philosophy, Dieter Rams is one of the most influential designers to emerge in the 20th century. The pared-down designs he created during his career-spanning tenure at the German electronics company, Braun, began with his wall-mounted 606 Universal Shelving System intended for the company’s new, modern offices. His many innovations as the leader of the design team at the company paved the way for a new generation of designers focused on simplicity and practicality, including Apple’s Jonathan Ive. Rams was not only ahead of his time when it came to aesthetics; the designer has long been an advocate for the “end to the era of wastefulness,” promoting design that is as environmentally friendly as it is easy to use.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2016
Design SocietyVictoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
2015
System Design: Over 100 years of chaos in everyday lifeMAKK – Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln
2011
Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter RamsSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
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Universal Shelfing system "606", 1959/60

Location
Cologne
Medium
Manufacturer
Wiese-Vitsoe
Image rights
© MAKK / Photo: Jonas Schneider, Gabriel Richter

With his “less, but better” philosophy, Dieter Rams is one of the most influential designers to emerge in the 20th century. The pared-down designs he created during his career-spanning tenure at the German electronics company, Braun, began with his wall-mounted 606 Universal Shelving System intended for the company’s new, modern offices. His many innovations as the leader of the design team at the company paved the way for a new generation of designers focused on simplicity and practicality, including Apple’s Jonathan Ive. Rams was not only ahead of his time when it came to aesthetics; the designer has long been an advocate for the “end to the era of wastefulness,” promoting design that is as environmentally friendly as it is easy to use.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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