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5.0 out of 5 stars Good looks look good, 11 May 2011
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This review is from: Braun: Fifty Years of Design and Innovation: Fifty Years of Design & Innovation (Hardcover)
I recently reviewed the excellent 808 page Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams book about Braun. It will probably be considered the definitive title about the company with a thorough analysis of the products and in particular the role of designer Dieter Rams. It had one annoying fault though: the photo pages used profile product shots that were really too small and made worse because they had a page to themselves facing a left-hand page with a head-on photo of the product.

Bernd Polster's book is essentially a visual catalogue of Braun products with a photo of each (and it would really have looked stunning if it had used, at a proper size, the profile shots from the 'Less and more' book). The product lines are divided into eight chapters: Entertainment electronics; Photography and film; Clocks and pocket calculators; Lighters and flashlights; Electric shavers; Body care; Oral care; Household appliances. Each of these starts with an introduction and picks out milestone products for a detailed overview followed by photos and brief captions which visually trace the history of the line. The photos are straightforward shots, beautifully taken and used as cutouts on the page with a hint of a shadow to give them all a dimensional look. The Braun approach to design shines out from every page.

The first seventy pages cover the history of the company using text and photos and the back of the book has a comprehensive listing of every product with page numbers where an item has a photo. This is a beautifully designed book (with the photos printed in a 250 screen on a matt art paper) which celebrates the Braun product design philosophy.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Braun Products, 17 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Braun: Fifty Years of Design and Innovation: Fifty Years of Design & Innovation (Hardcover)
I would give five stars to the book. My only regret is the absence of the early Max Braun products, while the toothbrush pages go on and on…
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely photographs and descriptions of the iconic designs, 27 May 2013
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While certainly not cheap, this book offers a brief descirption and wonderful photographs of the iconic Braun designs. A real feast for your eyes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for keeps, 5 July 2011
This review is from: Braun: Fifty Years of Design and Innovation: Fifty Years of Design & Innovation (Hardcover)
This was bought as a gift for a designer who is particularly interested in the work of Dieter Rams and how it has influenced others (such as Apple). It is a good book for browsing and has lots of pictures of the Braun classics. I am sure that everyone would be able to find at least one item they own in there. The book is quite expensive and because of this I was expecting it to be large, a bit like the Phaidon books. I was pleasantly surprised with the dimensions when it arrived (never tend to read about these before purchase) as it is small-ish, around 20cmx15xm, but I think this makes it an even nicer item. It wouldn't take up too much room on the coffee table!
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