Florian Böhm on As Little Design as Possible

The photographer talks us though his photos of Dieter Rams's home studio and Braun products
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Dieter Rams home studio - photograph Florian Bohm

1 / 18 Dieter Rams home studio - photograph Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

2 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

3 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

4 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

5 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

6 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

7 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

8 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

9 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

10 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

11 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

12 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

13 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

14 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

15 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

16 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

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Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm

18 / 18 Dieter Rams for Braun - photograph by Florian Bohm


One of the many amazing things about the new iPad version of Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible (we'll get to the interactive timeline in a forthcoming story) is the stunning clarity of the photographs - many of which were taken by the great photographer Florian Böhm

Böhm was invited to document many of the products in Rams's personal and public archive, and was even invited to Rams's home in Kronberg, Germany to create the imagery for the book and the iBooks for iPad edition.

He took all the photos in our gallery above as well as the fascinating interior shots of Rams's home and studio. The latter, we're sure you'll agree give a great insight into how the designer really lives his design aesthetic. Once again, these photos really pop in the iBooks for iPad edition

"It was exciting to browse through the densely preserved collection of Braun design history - which is mostly Dieter Rams," Böhm told Phaidon.com. 

Explaining his approach to photographing the house the photographer said: "One idea was to follow Rams through the house while he was telling personal anecdotes about objects that are meaningful to him - a zoom into the higher resolution of the space, a macro view on the personal arrangement of things, beyond the ridged functional first impression of the space. The workshop in the basement of his house is full of interesting objects and traces of Rams for example."

When it came to photographing the archive, featured in the book version of Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible there were a few constraints, however.

"Larger objects stood out, corridors of TVs for example, but a lot of the products were concealed in boxes or in shelves, and often in closed storage units. Only a small amount was easily accessible with the camera, more or less by chance, when openly placed, in transition from one place to another or more visibly wrapped in clear plastic.

My interest was the  kind of mutated nature these objects seem to have developed. I am fascinated with the reality of a physical archive and the analog logistics involved - the labelling, shelving, lighting, protection and accessibility. The preserved objects remain unused and seem to convert to pure information, as carriers of cultural identity."

Check out the gallery of Florian Böhm images above then buy the iBooks for iPad edition here.


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