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Less and More - The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams

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In his more than 40 years at Braun, Dieter Rams established himself as one of the most influential designers of the twentieth century.

True to the principle of “less but better” his elegantly clear visual language not only defined product design for generations, but also our fundamental understanding of what design is and what it can and should do.

Less and More offers boundless inspiration for anyone interested in the aesthetic and functional aspects of applied design.

Dieter Rams, born in Wiesbaden in 1932, initially studied architecture. He is widely considered one of the most significant industrial designers of the twentieth century. In the more than 40 years that he spent working at the electrical appliance manufacturer Braun, Rams turned out a wealth of pioneering creations that continue to influence designers around the world today. He has also generated a new awareness of the social function of design in Germany.

Professor Klaus Klemp is one of the world's leading experts in the field of product design. He has been acquainted with Dieter Rams for many years and is an authority on his work.

Keiko Ueki-Polet is one of Japan's most renowned design curators. She is well acquainted with design developments in both Asia and the Western world.

  • By Gestalten, Editors Kalus Klemp, Keiko Ueki-Polet
  • 19x23cm
  • Full color, PVC cover in slipcase
  • 808 pages
  • This book has been printed in Germany on FSC certified paper

Gestalten continues to actively reimagine the way in which they approach publishing. With their extensive range of titles, they not only seek to enhance and to enrich their reader's lives, but to continually engage with the surrounding creative landscape.

Their origin story began with a focus on the aesthetic, particularly that of graphic design and, over the last two decades, the scope of both their content and their expertise has widened. Today, using a myriad of observations of culture, people, art, and other intimate inspirational informants, we document and anticipate vital movements in architecture, visual culture, design & fashion, escapism, food & beverages, travel, and contemporary art. In 2014, Little Gestalten joined the literary ranks and ensured that there was a place for readers of all ages within the world of gestalten.

The gestalten narrative exists beyond the textual realm; regardless of the medium at hand, gestalten wishes to inform and inspire our community.