Love the look and feel of your smartphone? Thank Dieter Rams. His quietly innovative versions of household products, stripped of any extraneous features, continue to influence industrial design today. Throughout a celebrated career at the German manufacturer Braun and the furniture company Vitsœ, Rams created elegant and intuitive forms that remain timeless monuments to understatement and ease of use.
This exhibition surveys Rams’s prolific body of work—from radios, clocks, and cameras to kitchen appliances and furniture—and examines the longevity and impact of his design philosophies. In November 2018, he received our Collab Design Excellence Award, given to a design professional or manufacturer whose contribution to the field is inspirational.