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Rago/Wright

Germany / United Kingdom

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Vitsoe
Vitsoe

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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First generation 620 high back lounge chair, 1962

Lacquered fiberglass, leather, plastic, matte chrome-plated steel
35 1/2 × 34 × 32 in
90.2 × 86.4 × 81.3 cm
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RW
Rago/Wright

Germany / United Kingdom

Medium
Manufacturer
Vitsoe
Vitsoe

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)