DIeter Rams X saber
 

Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer who is well known in the design circle for his Ten Principles for Good Design. In his forty-year tenure as Head of Design at Braun, he defined an elegant yet rigorous visual language for its products. His experimentation with new materials and minimalist styling brought grace and dignity to common household appliances. The Rams Saber took inspirational cues from Dieter’s work on the Braun DL5 Shaver. The elegant and minimal form of the Rams Saber embodied the essence of Rams’ philosophy to “design useful products that would be easy to operate.”


Episode 5 : THe Rams saber
 

Credits: Pedal Born Pictures


Our Approach


DESIGN INSPIRATION

  • Minimal
  • Functional
  • Elegant

Aesthetic Cues  |  simple contours, clean lines, angular, softened hard edges, visual balance

Making something simple is extremely difficult. We imagined Dieter would want his Rams Saber to have a clean, minimalist form that is highly functional and super durable looking. With the hilt design, we took something basic as a rectangle and gave it soft contours that made it somewhat comfortable to hold. The simple form and minimal details provided the visual balance that captured the essence of Rams’ design principles.

 DL5 Combi Shaver | Braun

DL5 Combi Shaver | Braun

 Citromatic Juicer | Braun

Citromatic Juicer | Braun

 T3 Transistor Radio | Braun

T3 Transistor Radio | Braun


COLORS, MATERIALS AND FINISHES (CMF)

LIGHT COOL PALETTE

Hilt  |  High gloss plastic in off-white, cream or cold blush of blue, matte or satin aluminum, orange accent color

Plasma  |  Blue
 

Process

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About Dieter Rams
 

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“Good design is as little design as possible. Less, but better - because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.”

Dieter Rams

 
 

biography

Born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1932, Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer who trained and worked as an architect for a few years until he joined the consumer electronics manufacturer Braun.

As head of design at Braun, Dieter emerged as one of the most influential industrial designers of the late 20th century by defining an elegant, legible, yet rigorous visual language for its products.  He is also credited with the memorable phrase “Weniger, aber besser” which basically translates into “Less, but better”. Dieter used graphic design, form, proportion, and materiality to create order within his designs. His work does not try to be the center of attention; rather he allows his work to become part of the environment through precision and order.

During his forty-year tenure at Braun, Dieter and his team designed many iconic devices ranging from record players to shavers and juicers that are elegant and versatile. Rams’ objective was to design useful products, which would be easy to operate. His designs always looked effortless with an exquisite simplicity borne from rigorous tests and experiments with new materials and an obsessive attention to detail to ensure that each piece appeared flawlessly coherent.

In the design circle, Dieter Rams is very well known for his Ten Principles for Good Design, aka Ten Commandments of Design. These ten principles defined Dieter Rams’ approach to “good design.” This was back in the late 1970s, and the principles still apply to how new generations of designers approach ‘good design”.

Dieter Rams remains an enduring inspiration for younger designers, notably Jonathan Ive and Jasper Morrison, who have acknowledged his influence in their work at Apple and Rowenta respectively.


FAMOUS WORK

Ten Principles for Good Design, DL 5 Combi Shaver (1957), Atelier 1 Radio and record player (1957), L 2 Speaker (1958), TP 1 radio/phonograph combination (1959), Vitsoe 606 Shelving Unit (1960), RT 20 Tischsuper Radio (1961), T 1000 World Receiver (1963), KMM 2 Coffee Grinder (1969), HLD 4 Hairdryer (1970), MPZ 21 Multipress Citromatic Citrus Press (1972)

 SK5 Radio and Record Player (1958) | Braun

SK5 Radio and Record Player (1958) | Braun

 606 Shelving Unit (1960) | Vitsoe

606 Shelving Unit (1960) | Vitsoe

 KMM 2 Coffee Grinder (1969) | Braun

KMM 2 Coffee Grinder (1969) | Braun