In 1955, Dieter Rams (1932) began at Braun as an interior designer. Six years later he was appointed chief designer and head of the product design department. Although he worked across photography, lighters and clocks, Rams is best known for his 1960s audio designs.
Rams was born in Wiesbaden, Germany. Before his recognition at Braun, where he stayed until 1997, Rams trained as an architect at the School for Applied Arts Wiesbaden, with several years experience at an architect’s office in Frankfurt. In 1957, he also designed furniture, more specifically shelving systems, for furniture manufacturer Vitsœ. For his unswerving commitment to rational modernism in industrial design, Rams has received numerous awards, most recently the Lifetime Achievement medal at the London Design Festival 2013.