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As Little Design As Possible
on August 15, 2011
Several books about Braun Design and Dieter Rams have appeared in recent years. To my knowledge, this Phaidon volume is the most comprehensive and detailed. The books I have purchased in the past were mostly comprised of black and white photographs accompanied by texts in German and English. This book, written entirely in English extensively chronicles Dieter Rams
history and his involvement with Braun AG. With a forward written by Jonathan Ive, probably the designer most indebted to the mid century design of Braun AG, this book shows how
the industrial designs of Dieter Rams and Braun AG have come to influence industrial designers in the time of the 2000s. The first Jo Klatt book, Braun+Design Collection has extensively pictured virtually every Braun product made, but the text is German. Less but Better, also by Klatt is written in German and English, and it recounts the rich history of Dieter Rams and Braun. However, after acquiring and reading it, I wished to know more and see more. The Phaidon book is satisfying. There are many photographs of the quintessential Rams designs, and many are in color. Also included are surprising photographs of shelves in storage rooms at Braun AG stacked with successive versions of various product. The book is beautifully designed and printed. The cover is cleverly embossed with a texture reminiscent of a Braun razor. Should one want a single book about this important desingner, Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible is the book to have.