Commit 9a62f601 authored by Carla Barquest's avatar Carla Barquest

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He argued that factories manufacturing consumer goods make a vital contribution to determining the quality and userfulness of products. This quality is located inside the objects, and results from both visible and invisible work. Wagenfeld ended his speech by saying that the simpler an industrial product, the harder it is to make, because simplicity comes from a degree of self-assuredness on the part of the designer. A 'simple' industrial product has a clarity that is free from the desires and constraints of each of its creators. He said: 'An industrial product that arises out of my activity thus only meets my own standards if a great distance causes it to seem almost unknown to me. It has to exist for itself, have its own being, completely purged from the individual influences that let it come into being. It should embody the company's achievment as a whole, the joint searching and discovering.' [p25-6]
Wagenfeld was in effect advocating an objective design-driven approach to manufacturing, whereby the purpose of design should not be to increase profit, but to serve the consumer. The kind of practice he was talking about should not be autocratic: too much ego on the part of the creator can only have a negative effect on the end result, since the product will reflect the whims of the maker more than the purpose. H[e] reject[ed] ... fashion and decoration and ... suggest[ed] that integrity of form, utility and thus quality could only be achieved if the will and participation of an entire company was bent towards it... [p26]
Rams went on to add that he understood the importance of, and thus cultivated the relationship with, the technical department, taking great care to convince the technicians that the designers were not there to take their work away from them but to support them. [p47]
Lubs was greatly inspired by the Braun design environment. He describes the work atmosphere in the early 1960s as being 'very serious but with lots of energy'. The department, he adds, was like an apartment: 'you had to ring a doorbell to come in'. The team worked very hard at their individual projects, but communication between them was constant, so there was little need for group discussions. Although Rams was the boss, remembers Lubs, everyone else had a voice. The studio appears to have been rather like a college workshop. 'If Dieter did not like something, he would say, "Is that good?" or "Do you think it is finished?",' he recalls. 'After work the team socialized together as well,' he adds, 'bringing along their girlfriends, going out for drinks, to listen to jazz, celebrating birthdays together ... The company had a hierarchy but it was also open house. There was constant discussion, taking and giving, we were all filled with the same goal.' [p50]
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