‘A kit of parts’ is how Vitsoe managing director Mark Adams describes Dieter Rams’s 620 chair programme
Everything changes, so they say. But should it? What about decades-old, often iconic designs? Should they be preserved, as it were, their contemporary production remaining ‘true’ in every respect to the ‘original’? Or ought manufacturers be free to modify them – materially, technically, even formally – in the name of contemporary market appeal. And what about the thorny issue of authorship? Architonic investigates. (by Simon Keane-Cowell)
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SG67 handheld vacuum cleaner by Stefano Giovannoni für Alessi
In the past electrical kitchen appliances were a treasured status symbol for the modern household and a symbol of progress. Nowadays, however, they are not particularly valued as gifts in that electronic kitchen products have become cheap mass-produced articles, a development which is generally also reflected in their design. In design-conscious households we therefore tend to find retro design, vintage products or functionally designed professional equipment for the catering industry.
However, where are the household appliances of today which will blend in with a modern design kitchen? We’ve been doing some research for you and have found them….
Dieter Rams, T 1000 World Radio, 1963; photo Koichi Okuwaki
During his much-esteemed, four-decades-long career at Braun, Dieter Rams created some of the most iconic, instantly-recognisable products while his famous ‘less but better’ philosophy laid the foundation and drew attention to subjects such as sustainability and design ethics. Now, to celebrate Rams’ profound contribution to contemporary design, SFMOMA presents an exhibition dedicated to work of the acclaimed German designer. (more…)