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Dieter Rams Forum
2023 – 2024

Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, November 11, 2023 until March 24, 2024

Once again comes the exhibition Dieter Rams. A look back and ahead to the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, from where the traveling exhibition started in April 2021. In the meantime, it has been on display at the Goethe Institutes in New York and in Washington, as well as at the ADI Design Museum in Milan and the Stadtmuseum Wiesbaden, the birthplace of Dieter Rams.

Now, however, it is only one part of a larger project that, under the title Dieter Rams Forum, shows, among other things, photographs of his wife Ingeborg Rams that have not yet been shown to the public. Ingeborg Rams joined Braun in 1957 after an apprenticeship as a photographer in Bochum from 1947 and studies at the Folkwangschule in Essen. Together with photographer Marlene Schnelle-Schneyder, she played a major role in shaping the objective style of interior and product photography. In addition to her free works, she also created numerous applied photographs for the company Vitsœ, the manufacturer of Dieter Rams’ system furniture.

For Dieter Rams, now 91 years old, it was and is not only about his own work, but also about possibilities and fields of action for a younger generation of designers. As a university lecturer at the HFBK in Hamburg, he has passed on his experience, and as an author and lecturer worldwide, he was quick to embrace responsible design that is as durable as possible. Less, but better is his credo, which has lost none of its relevance to this day. Rather, it has become increasingly important the more we degrade our natural living environment. Dieter Rams has given countless lectures on this subject and has recorded his most important texts in a book of the same name. This is available in German and English, in Chinese and soon also in Korean. The design approach of Dieter Rams is gaining interest and recognition not only in Europe and America, but also increasingly in Asia.

Dieter and Ingeborg Rams have endowed their foundation with a large part of their private assets in 2022, thus enabling a professional structure that will express the foundation’s goal of promoting sustainable and rational design even more intensively. The website will not only authentically reflect the activity of the founders, but will also promote a discourse on future industrial design. Interviews with prominent designers and architects form the prelude, which will then be widely continued.

The work of Dieter Rams has shown a path that can be followed and developed further. The temporary Dieter Rams Forum in Frankfurt would like to be a platform for this, a place of encounters and knowledge transfer.

Dieter Rams Forum
at the Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt a.M.
November 11, 2023 – March 24, 2024

Dieter Rams: A look back and ahead

Photo exhibition
Ingeborg Rams

Reading room
Read literature by and about Dieter Rams in the system chairs 620

rams foundation website

Kitchen of the future
(February / March 2024)
Student designs from TU Delft and Politecnico di Milano for Braun / De'Longhi

Event information
Instagram #ramsfoundation

More Contributions​

Dieter Rams mit Dietrich Lubs 1977

10 Principles for Good Design

I expressed in ten principles the basic considerations that determine my work as a designer, and which represent the main features of my design philosophy. 

Exhibition table in the ADI Design Museum, 4.5.2023 – 11.6.2023 Photo: Martina Bonetti © ADI Design Museum

A look back and ahead

The exhibition provides an overview of Dieter Rams’ design work with photographs, design sketches and explanatory texts. It shows important works from the designer’s catalogue raisonné published in 2020 by the Phaidon publishing house in London for Braun, Vitsœ, fsb, Gillette and other companies. Among them are rarely shown, unrealised designs.
Besprechung mit Studentinnen und Studenten der HFBK Hamburg   Foto: Jo Klatt © Hartmut Jatzke-Wigand

The Hamburg Years

A major chapter in the life of Dieter Rams about which little is known so far is that he was a professor of industrial design at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg from 1981 to 1997. In search of traces.