Interiors and Furniture at sdr+ (System Furniture Dieter Rams)

It’s always been a dream of mine to own the 606 shelving system by Dieter Rams, so today’s post is partly about that, although I covered my fascination with it more extensively in a previous post, but also because some recent news has come about. Vitsoe have just announced that as of 1 January 2013 they will become the exclusive licensee of Dieter Rams’s complete collection of original …

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606 Universal Shelving System Designed by Dieter Rams

We’re hitting a stage of design geekery this morning, yes that’s right we’re actually taking a look at some shelving! Now you may be thinking to yourself “what’s so good about shelving?”, well not only are the pictures great visually but it’s also a highly functional design system produced by Vitsoe and designed by the one and only Dieter Rams. Dieter designed this in 1960 …

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Dieter Rams at SFMOMA

This isn’t the first time that we’ve written about Dieter Rams and his work and it probably won’t be the last either. I came across this short video piece directed by Nathan Cozzolino and edited/scored by Andrew Birchett for Dwell magazine. Dwell is becoming a place that I check on a regular basis for inspiration, possibly more so since since I’ve become interested in interior design and architecture. It all seems to interrelate …

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Dieter Rams, Cold War Modern Film by V&A

Three years old, don’t stress it, this video featuring Dieter Rams is beyond timeless and really homes in on why this designer is so revered. A designers designer for sure. The Victoria and Albert Museum filmed this quite a while back as a teaser to the Cold War Modern exhibition, but I absolutely love the choppiness of the piece and the switching between a clear and modern picture then changing over to more of a grainy one with close ups of his hands and …

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620 Chair Programme, Adapt and Change by Vitsoe

Anything Dieter Rams is sure to captivate me, I’m constantly reminded of his design ethos thanks to a poster on my office wall referencing the famous ‘ten principles for good design’. It’s been a bit of a godsend when facing certain design tasks, I can always look back at that and get a few visualisations of what I should be aiming for, usually it gets me back on the right track. I’m …

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Mimic Shelf by Kairi Eguchi

I think well designed shelving can subtly add that much needed structure to a minimal and open plan home, keeping all your essentials neatly tucked together. Not surprisingly Dieter Rams shelving system for Vitsoe would be the go to unit for most of us, however I was impressed with the work of young Japanese designer Kairi Eguchi today who has recently fabricated his own take on the shelving form, which I’ve brought across for all …

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HAL Chair by Jasper Morrison

Although we generally tend to touch up mid-century style designers here I’m also a big admirer of designers like Jasper Morrison, Naoto Fukasawa, Dieter Rams and other industrial designers who are a bit more current and that are still working today. Naoto for example has a tendency to keep things simplistic and stripped down, always concerned with the emotions that we attach to objects over the years and how things function with us in our …

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Objects of Empathy by Miya Kondo

A little while back I consciously decided to take my foot off the gas on the ceramics front, in view of keeping our content diverse. However the craft element of pottery has continued to inspire me daily, especially some particular pieces which embody the design ethos often found in Scandinavia and Japan, this being less design evoking more substance. Many of you will know that German designer Dieter Rams has been a big inspi …

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The Artek Open Archives

My loved ones over Christmas were kind enough to buy me several books that I’ve been yearning for over the past year, firstly ‘Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible’ which I’ve yet to dig into, and also ‘Alvar Aalto, Through the Eyes of Shigeru Ban’ which is one I’m currently reading. Even though it’s extremely long, a few paragraphs into the book and it got me thinking about his career and what influenced it, a company …

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