09
Feb
09

I love Dieter Rams’ designs

rams22I have for decades mindlessly admired and used Braun shavers for their form and functionality,  but it was a 2007 Wallpaper article that sparked my interest in collecting Braun designs, especially those by Rams.  My first acquisition was the iconic T1000 radio, and then it has been calculators, lighters, ashtrays, hairdryers, shavers, watches … and I also collect monographs on Braun, Rams or by him, you name it.

I admire the objects because of their simple functional beauty. This is not an expensive hobby but quite as satisfying as my other collections. I hope to one day curate an exhibition of my Braun/Rams collection at a small museum but will meanwhile showcase it online to share it with all who love modern design.

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May
13

ABR11 Type 4846 radio-alarm

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Aug
11

T-22 Radio

Just acquied (8.11 053e). This is fairly rare portable radio produced 1960-62, with this version for the US market (English markings).

Longwave, Shortwave and FM and runs on 1.5V x 6 drycell batteries. The specimen here is fully operational and in original condition:

11.2 x 8.1 x 3.7"

More technical information can be head from Radio Museum.

Technical manual (wiring diagram) can be purchased from here.

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May
10

SK 55

I have been watching out for one of these for quite some time, until the recent acquisition of this excellently preserved unit (eb05.10.7.880) from Paul Bigaj, a wonderful gentleman in Werdohl, Germany who always seem to have this or other Braun radio/phone units for sale.

Somehow I think the transport screws* must have disengaged, but the platform came loose as well as the cartridge while my SK55 was crossing the Atlantic to New York:  Normally, the platform is not fixed to the base, it sits or swings on the unit via four springs with the platter weighing it down. Once removed, the platform can be easily taken out of the base. So it must be inserted again very carefully and you have to make sure the springs will fit the corresponding holes. Sometimes one needs several attempts – it’s a little bit tricky!
See the SK55 in action !  The April Fools sound track featuring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve –

A descendent of the SK 4 (1956) “Phonosuper”,  or what is referred to as “Snow White’s coffin” (“Schneewittchensarg”), this is truly an icon in design history. The SK 4 revolutionized the front-operated combined radios and phonograms, which had been in use since the 1930s. The controls were now positioned on top and covered by a plexiglass lid and this integrated design exerts its influence on so-called compact hi-fi systems to this day. This design is also an early example of the cooperation between the Offenbach Academy of Design and Braun. As such it became the epitome of the functional aesthetics of modern German design.

Original SK 4 (1957)

View Dieter Ram’s discussion and reminiscence of the iconic SK-4 design:

Phonosuper SK 55 tech specs:-

Produced 1963 – 1968 (Frankfurt)

Radio: 6 AM and 10 FM circuits, Broadcast, Long Wave and FM.

Power: A/C (110 and 220V).

Principle: Super-Heterodyne (Super in general); IF-Freq. 455/10700 kHz; 2 AF-stage(s)

Valves/Tubes: 5 ECC85, ECH81, EF89, EABC80, EL84

SK 55 circuit diagram

Speaker: Mono, moving coil 3W

Dimension 22.8 x 9.6 x 11.4″

** For transportation

1. First you have to tighten the two locks marked in the yellow circle. Turn them clockwise.

2. Two other locks need to be disengaged. This is the description for the lock #1 on the left side of the picture:

– 1. Turn it anti-clockwise (1 turn)
– 2. move it to left (see the arrow), you will notice its old position, this area has not been cleaned.
– 3. turn it clockwise again so it remains tight.

24
Mar
09

H-7 Heater Fan

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The H-7 portable fan is reminiscent of the HLD-7 hair dryer on a slightly larger scale. Design by Reinhold Weiss.
This is an unusual one wired for the US market (in 110 volts).
Acquired 3/09 (E:75)

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20
Mar
09

DN 30S / 4808 Digital Clock

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Design: Dietrich Lubs. 1983. Acquired good used condition 3/09, in white (eb-80) from Austria.

01
Mar
09

RT-20 Radio

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A 1961 design by Dieter Rams.

The Tri-band radio also comes with a white face, and is “a perfect example of how to establish functional and visual hierarchy via scale, spacing, and a strict grid system”

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Acquired (2) in 2008 (from Germany, for $300 and $800 respectively).

01
Mar
09

T-1000 Radio

braun03dailyiconIntroduced in 1962 at the Berlin Radio Fair, this has become an iconic Rams / Braun design and quite a collectors’ item, being part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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The set is the single “real” shortwave receiver produced by Braun over quite a long time, it has been used quite often by members of the German diplomatic corps, which explains the “CD” in it’s designation. The T1000 CD was produced since about 1965.

Sketch for T1000 (alternative plans) dated May 29 1962.

Sketch for T1000 (alternative plans) dated May 29 1962.

 

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I had the extraordinary good fortune to acquire an excellent condition T1000 CD AM FM LW shortwave radio from Joseph Harrell of Dallas in 2008 (1200) with ALL original documentation, schematics, receipt etc intact, imagine!  Original owner was the an Attache at the US Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria and he bought this radio from Ing. Karl Marzik in Frankfurt on Oct 11 1968. The tuner runs on 8 “D” cells while a ninth battery is for the lighted display.  One set of batteries lasts 6 months on a couple hours a day of listening.  My set didn’t come with an AC adaptor.

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References:

Here are some use details on the T1000 from Dr. Boesch’s radiopages.

A collection of pictures of the T1000 CD on Flickr.

T1000 service manual (5.8 MB pdf in German) is available on this webpage.

The T1000CD page (with collector prices for members) from Radiomuseum of Switzerland with specs.

An interview of Dieter Rams on T1000 on Youtube