Dieter Rams: As Little Design As Possible

The definitive monograph on Dieter Rams’ life, work and ideas

Written by Sophie Lovell

Sophie Lovell

Sophie Lovell is a writer, editor, curator and consultant. She works in the fields of architecture and design. She is originally from London, graduated in Biology at Sussex University and Design at Chelsea College of Art. After that she moved to Berlin.

Since September 2013, Sophie is the new Editor-in-Chief of the Berlin-based international online magazine uncube.

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About the book

Dieter Rams created some of the most iconic objects of the twentieth century working for Braun and Vitsoe. This book covers his life, the context in which he worked and the work he did for those companies, as well as his ideas and lectures.

A spread from 'Dieter Rams: As Little Design As Possible'
A spread from 'Dieter Rams: As Little Design As Possible'

It includes a foreword by Apple’s head of design, Jony Ive. The text is accompanied by sketches, photographs of finished products and diverse archive material, giving great insight into the design process of the many things Rams created. Furthermore, the reader gets a peek into Rams’s own house and the Braun archive.

 




A short review

I got this book from the library and wanted to buy it myself after just ten pages. It is beautiful; the typography is well chosen and the book reads like a breeze. The photography that accompanies the text is exquisite. You can almost feel the products Rams made in your hands while looking at the photographs. It was designed like a book about Rams' life and work should be designed.


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“You can almost feel the products Rams made in your hands while looking at the photographs.”

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The book is named after one of Rams' 10 design principles, and it does do the tenth principe justice, design-wise and content-wise. The book doesn't ever get boring; it is very well written and gives the reader a magnificent insight into the life and work of Dieter Rams. If you’re a fan of Dieter’s work or just a design geek, you’ll love this book.