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Posts Tagged ‘Dieter Rams’

Vitsœ Reengineers a Dieter Rams Classic

Best known for its widely coveted modular shelving system designed by Dieter Rams, Vitsœ recently scored the exclusive worldwide license to Rams’ original furniture designs. First up on the relaunching pad for the London-based company is the designer’s 620 chair, which hits the market this month following a top-to-bottom reengineering. Every last purpose-designed stainless steel bolt in the chair, designed for Vitsœ in 1962 and later the subject of a legal scuffle that led to the design being copyrighted, has been given the once over, and the versatile seat–add castors for swivelling, connect a few together for a multi-seat sofa–emerged from the makeover with a reduced price ($3,340, sans casters) and a footstool.

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We’ve Got Deja Vu Over Apple’s Deja Vu All Over Again

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How we love when the design community is one step ahead of the gadget geeks. After our post about Gizmodo uncovering the similarities between Apple and vintage Braun designed by Dieter Rams, it turns out that Emdashes’ Emily Gordon picked up on the Rams-channeling three years ago! In her post, “Haven’t I Seen You Somewhere Before,” she even picks though A Century of Design: Design Pioneers of the 20th Century by Penny Sparke to find the alignment in Rams’ philosophy:

Sparke continues, “For him the role of machines in the domestic environment were to be that of ‘silent butlers’: invisible and subservient, and there simply to make living easier and more comfortable. They were to be as self-effacing as possible and leave room for the role of beauty to be played by, say, a vase of flowers (in Rams’s case, the white tulips that he frequently chose to accompany his otherwise austere environments).”

Can’t you just imagine that in a Steve Jobs-issued memo? We’re madly in love with that Braun TPI with T3 receiver above she calls a “proto-iPod”…made in 1959.

For Apple, It’s Dieter Rams All Over Again

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If you’re still on the fence about purchasing your shiny new MacBook Air Jordan (announced this morning), but you’re worried it might go out of style in a few years, might we point to how well this Braun cassette player has held up over the years. Don’t worry, we’ll explain.

To commemorate the opening day of MacWorld, Gizmodo has put together an amazing product-by-product comparison between Apple’s design and the products designed for Braun in the 60s. In other words, it’s a Dieter Rams vs. Jonathan Ive smackdown. Some of the similarities are rather eerie, especially that pocket radio. Gizmodo also compiles a beautiful gallery of other non-Apple implemented Braun designs, and we’re so looking forward to the day when Apple makes the iLighter. Thanks to VLU for the tip.

I.D. Stars Sparkle Above a Hazy LA

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It felt like Clue: A dozen designers, gathered at the behest of I.D. editors Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer during their quick (and post-Connecting) visit to LA. We met at the enviable Hollywood Hills home of Lettuce‘s Chet Callahan and master chef Jase Hernandez. High above Cahuenga Pass, with striking views of both downtown and Burbank (and a smear of smoke barely visible on the horizon) we nibbled inventive bruschettas and vanilla cupcakes that matched the house’s sleek all-white decor.

Our seating arrangement–precariously close to the edge of the cantilevered hill-clinging home–compelled Elena Manferdini to recount her visit to a Pierre Koenig Case Study during an earthquake, which sent the pool water splashing onto the patio and Manferdini scurrying for solid ground (the house, of course, was fine). Clive Wilkinson lamented his absence from this year’s Burning Man only to discover that he and Khemsurov had both spent the year before in Belgian Wafflemaker Arne Quinze‘s camp. We had a similar discovery, learning that Singer not only worked at the mothership (and manned UnBeige for a bit), we attended semi-rival high schools–at the same time! Benjamin Ball strolled in at this point, slightly late, minus Gaston Nogues, and suspiciously ebullient (don’t worry, he took a cab).

As Khemsurov and Singer solicited advice for their final day in LA–Dieter Rams at Moss? Party at Diva? Dinner at Pizzeria Mozza? Fire-watching by the pool?–multi-talented Lettuce principals Michael Chung and Kara Bartlet described their latest project (production studio Soapbox Films, having its opening party today) and the origins of their firm name (short answer: they named themselves like a band). Parched, no matter how much white wine or Pellegrino we pumped into our bodies, we perched on the white cubes populating Callahan and Hernandez’s deck, flipped through copies of I.D.’s New+Notable product round up issue, and chatted about public transportation, energy conservation and global warming—ironic, indeed, as superheated Santa Ana Winds blasted the balcony well into the night.

The Slimane, Koons and Rams Touch

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Back in July we discovered that the unlikely trio of Jeff Koons, Dieter Rams and Hedi Slimane would be guest editing a future issue of Wallpaper, and today, via Creative Review’s blog, we see that that issue has come to fruition.

Each editor got 20 pages and a cover (collect all three!) but Patrick Burgoyne intelligently gives Koons major props for seeing into the future–a 16-page spread on Led Zeppelin couldn’t have been better timed, what with their reunion and all.

Slimane, Koons and Rams to Guest Edit Wallpaper

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Since Wallpaper is the design magazine of the moment (they must be, if we mention them twice in one day), it should come as no surprise to you that they are having three guest editors for their October issue who will each design their own cover. “We’re an eclectic title with so many disciplines of design–we decided to have three guest editors instead of one,” said editor Andrew Black.

Look for work by Jeff Koons, Dieter Rams and Hedi Slimane, who no doubt got the gig after adding Wallpaper as a friend to his MySpace page.