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Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams Hardcover – Illustrated, 31 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 808 pages
  • Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag; Bilingual edition (31 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3899553977
  • ISBN-13: 978-3899553970
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 19.6 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Less and More is edited by Professor Klaus Klemp and Keiko Ueki-Polet. One of the world s leading experts in the field of product design, Klemp has been acquainted with Dieter Rams for many years and is an authority on his work. 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 and works at the Suntory Museum in Osaka.


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By Robin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 April 2011
Format: Paperback
I thought this was fascinating and comprehensive overview of Braun and Dieter Rams contribution to the success of the company though I think it has a quite a serious editorial flaw.

The publishers have been quite clever in accommodating the huge amount of text and graphic material in a book of just over eight hundred pages. The text, German on left-hand pages and English on the right, has been printed on very thin paper (known as bible stock in the trade) which has a certain amount of show-through. The excellent product shots (314 pages) have been printed on a good matt art with another paper used for the remaining photo essays. Incidentally the colour work in the book is printed with an impressive 300 screen, most art books run to 175 to 250.

Eleven of the nineteen chapters are text (on the thin paper) and explore in as much detail as you could want about German and middle European design in the first decades of the last century and how it influenced Rams, particularly the Bauhaus and Ulm design laboratories. A fascinating sixty-five page chapter: 'Dieter Rams, Braun, Vitsoe and the shrinking world' explores the reasons for the companies success and Rams contribution with brilliant product design. Another chapter: 'Graphic design: Braun and Vitsoe' delves, in part, into the typeface used on the products, always in lower-case and originally Akzidenz-Grotesk but after the sixties switching to Helvetica.

Between the essays and possibly the main strength of the book are the photo product pages, basically electrical products for the home. Each item gets a spread of lovely close-up photos butted together and then a spread with a head on shot on the left and each right-hand page having relevant profile photos.
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Gorgeously designed book about the life and work of legendary German Industrial Designer Dieter Rams for Braun + Vitsoe, covering everything from the history of Braun to sketches by Rams as well as the graphic design of Braun's packaging and brochures. There's even some photos inside and out of Rams' home & studio.

Complete with beautiful, large high definition photographs and a fantastic grid system based layout that stays faithful to Dieter Rams' design ethos, this book is a must have for design enthusiasts.
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This was bought as a christmas present for my partner, it was very much appreciated. The book itself is a translation of another language and beautifully set out!
It has been of much use not only for my partner's design research but also for the pleasure of a read through. A recommended five star buy!
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This book is an amazing book if your doing studies into any form of design from architecture, product design to graphic design. It is also an amazing asset if you have a strong focus on sustainable design due to the ethics Dieter Rams employed. Well worth a read.
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I bought this item as a Christmas present for my son, he was extremely happy to receive this as a gift. Thank you for the prompt delivery before Christmas, very happy with my purchase.
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