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Oral history interview with Massimo Vignelli, 2011 June 6-7

Interviewee:
Vignelli, Massimo, 1931-2014  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
De Carlo, Giancarlo  Search this
Domus  Search this
Eames, Charles  Search this
Eames, Ray  Search this
Eckerstrom, Ralph E. (Ralph Eugene)  Search this
Eco, Umberto  Search this
Frau, Poltrona  Search this
Gardella, Ignazio  Search this
Graves, Michael  Search this
Kacik, Walter  Search this
Kahn, Louis I.  Search this
Le Corbusier  Search this
Loos, Adolf  Search this
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig  Search this
Pagano, Giuseppe  Search this
Pomodoro, Arnaldo  Search this
Ponti, Gio  Search this
Rams, Dieter  Search this
Scarpa, Carlo  Search this
Terragni, Giuseppe  Search this
Toscani, Oliviero  Search this
Venturi, Robert  Search this
Vignelli, Lella  Search this
Zevi, Bruno  Search this
Benetton (Firm)  Search this
Container Corporation of America  Search this
Herman Miller, Inc.  Search this
Knoll Associates, inc.  Search this
Metron Orts- und Regionalplanung  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
New York City Transit Authority  Search this
New York Herald. (New York.)  Search this
Rochester Institute of Technology  Search this
Sansoni (Firm)  Search this
Steelcase, Inc.  Search this
United States. National Park Service  Search this
United States Postal Service  Search this
Venini International  Search this
Vignelli Associates  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Massimo Vignelli, 2011 June 6-7. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Architectural design  Search this
Architecture, American  Search this
Architecture -- Europe  Search this
Architecture, Italian  Search this
Architecture -- Italy  Search this
Architecture, Japanese  Search this
Architecture -- United States  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Costume design  Search this
Design  Search this
Designers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Furniture design  Search this
Postmodernism  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15958
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)302171
AAA_collcode_vignel11
Data Source:
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ET55

Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Dietrich Lubs, German, b. 1938  Search this
Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Medium:
ABS polymer casing
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 13.6 x 7.8 x 1 cm (5 3/8 x 3 1/16 x 3/8 in.)
Type:
Exhibitions
Calculator
Object Name:
Calculator
Made in:
Germany
Date:
1980
Credit Line:
Courtesy of Cara McCarty
Accession Number:
s-e-1601
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Travel Alarm Clock

Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Dietrich Lubs, German, b. 1938  Search this
Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Medium:
Molded plastic, mechanical parts
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 7.2 × 8 × 4 cm (2 13/16 × 3 1/8 × 1 9/16 in.)
Type:
timepieces & measuring devices
Decorative Arts
alarm clock
Object Name:
alarm clock
Manufactured in:
Frankfurt, Germany
Date:
1978
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert M. Greenberg
Accession Number:
2017-51-19
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Pair of Lectron Intercoms

Engineer:
George Greger, German, born 1922  Search this
Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Jurgen Greubel, German, born 1938  Search this
Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Medium:
Molded plastic, Perspex, steel and electronic components
Dimensions:
H x W x D (each): 8.3 × 16.2 × 4.5 cm (3 1/4 × 6 3/8 × 1 3/4 in.)
Type:
appliances & tools
Decorative Arts
intercoms
Object Name:
intercoms
Manufactured in:
Frankfurt, Germany
Date:
1967
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert M. Greenberg
Accession Number:
2017-51-20-a,b
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606

Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Manufacturer:
Vitsoe, British, founded 1959  Search this
Medium:
Extruded aluminum, powder-coated steel
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 55.9 × 67.3 × 24.8 cm (22 in. × 26 1/2 in. × 9 3/4 in.)
Type:
Exhibitions
Universal Shelving System
Object Name:
Universal Shelving System
Manufactured in:
London, England
Date:
1960
Credit Line:
Courtesy of Vitsoe
Accession Number:
s-e-2632-a/f
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Mactron F1

Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Medium:
Die-cast zinc, plated metal, plastic
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 7 × 3.3 × 1.3 cm (2 3/4 × 1 5/16 × 1/2 in.)
Type:
appliances & tools
Decorative Arts
Cigarette Lighter
Object Name:
Cigarette Lighter
Manufactured in:
Frankfurt, Germany
Date:
1971
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert M. Greenberg
Accession Number:
2017-51-12-a,b
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HLD 4 No. 4416

Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Medium:
Molded plastic, electronic components
Dimensions:
H x W x D (each): 5 × 13.5 × 8 cm (1 15/16 × 5 5/16 × 3 1/8 in.)
Type:
appliances & tools
Decorative Arts
Hair Dryer
Object Name:
Hair Dryer
Manufactured in:
Frankfurt, Germany
Date:
1970
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert M. Greenberg
Accession Number:
2017-51-22
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HLD 4 No. 4416

Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Medium:
Molded plastic, electronic components
Dimensions:
H x W x D (each): 5 × 13.5 × 8 cm (1 15/16 × 5 5/16 × 3 1/8 in.)
Type:
appliances & tools
Decorative Arts
Hair Dryers
Object Name:
Hair Dryers
Manufactured in:
Frankfurt, Germany
Date:
1970
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert M. Greenberg
Accession Number:
2017-51-22/24
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HLD 4 No. 4416

Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Medium:
Molded plastic, electronic components
Dimensions:
H x W x D (each): 14 × 8.5 × 5 cm (5 1/2 × 3 3/8 × 1 15/16 in.)
Type:
appliances & tools
Decorative Arts
Hair Dryer
Object Name:
Hair Dryer
Manufactured in:
Frankfurt, Germany
Date:
1970
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert M. Greenberg
Accession Number:
2017-51-23
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HLD 4

Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Medium:
Molded plastic, electronic components
Dimensions:
H x W x D (each): 14 × 8.5 × 5 cm (5 1/2 × 3 3/8 × 1 15/16 in.)
Type:
appliances & tools
Decorative Arts
Hair Dryer
Object Name:
Hair Dryer
Manufactured in:
Frankfurt, Germany
Date:
1970
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert M. Greenberg
Accession Number:
2017-51-24
Restrictions & Rights:
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Tonearm Balance (Tonarmwaage)

Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Medium:
Metal, plastic, foam
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 17 × 8 × 2.5 cm (6 11/16 in. × 3 1/8 in. × 1 in.)
H x W x D (on stand): 21 × 8 × 2.5 cm (8 1/4 in. × 3 1/8 in. × 1 in.)
Type:
timepieces & measuring devices
Decorative Arts
Tonearm Balance (Tonarmwaage)
Manufactured in:
Frankfurt, Germany
Date:
1962
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert M. Greenberg
Accession Number:
2017-51-3
Restrictions & Rights:
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D6 Combiscope

Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Medium:
Molded plastic, enameled metal, glass, rubber
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 24 × 20 × 8 cm (9 7/16 × 7 7/8 × 3 1/8 in.)
Type:
appliances & tools
Decorative Arts
Slide Viewer and Projector
Object Name:
Slide Viewer and Projector
Manufactured in:
Frankfurt, Germany
Date:
1963
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert M. Greenberg
Accession Number:
2017-51-8
Restrictions & Rights:
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HL1

Design Director:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Designer:
Reinhold Weiss, German, born 1934  Search this
Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Medium:
Enameled and chrome-plated steel, plastic, acrylic
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 14.5 × 14 × 7 cm (5 11/16 × 5 1/2 × 2 3/4 in.)
Type:
appliances & tools
Decorative Arts
Desk Fan
Object Name:
Desk Fan
Manufactured in:
Frankfurt, Germany
Date:
1961
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert M. Greenberg
Accession Number:
2017-51-9
Restrictions & Rights:
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Model ET55 Calculator

Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Dietrich Lubs, German, b. 1938  Search this
Medium:
ABS plastic, electronic components
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 13.6 × 7.6 × 1 cm (5 3/8 in. × 3 in. × 3/8 in.)
Type:
appliances & tools
Decorative Arts
calculator
Object Name:
calculator
Manufactured in:
Frankfurt, Germany
Date:
1980
Credit Line:
Gift of George R. Kravis II
Accession Number:
2015-5-4
Restrictions & Rights:
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Cylindric Cigarette Lighter

Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Medium:
Aluminum, plastic
Dimensions:
H x diam.: 8.6 × 5.4 cm (3 3/8 × 2 1/8 in.)
Type:
appliances & tools
Decorative Arts
lighter
Object Name:
lighter
Manufactured in:
Frankfurt, Germany
Date:
1968
Credit Line:
Gift of George R. Kravis II
Accession Number:
2015-5-5
Restrictions & Rights:
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AW10

Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Dietrich Lubs, German, b. 1938  Search this
Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Medium:
Stainless steel, quartz movement, glass, leather band
Dimensions:
Overall: 23.8 x 3.3 x 0.5 cm (9 3/8 x 1 5/16 x 3/16 in.)
Type:
timepieces & measuring devices
Decorative Arts
Watch
Object Name:
Watch
Made in:
Frankfurt, Germany
Date:
1992–93
Credit Line:
Gift of Dieter Rams
Accession Number:
1993-101-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright Notice:
© BRAUN AG, GERMANY
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AG HLD231

Designer:
Reinhold Weiss, German, born 1934  Search this
Design Director:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Medium:
Plastic
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 5.4 x 16 x 9.5 cm (2 1/8 x 6 5/16 x 3 3/4 in.)
Type:
appliances & tools
Decorative Arts
Hair dryer and case
Object Name:
Hair dryer and case
Made in:
West Germany
Date:
1964
Credit Line:
Gift of an Anonymous Donor.
Accession Number:
1990-131-1-a,b
Restrictions & Rights:
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Mach 2

Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Florian Seiffert, German, b. 1943  Search this
Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Medium:
Cast metal
Dimensions:
1.3 x 3.1 x 5.7 cm (1/2 x 1 1/4 x 2 1/4 in.)
Type:
metalwork
Decorative Arts
Cigarette lighter
Object Name:
Cigarette lighter
Manufactured in:
Frankfurt, Germany
Date:
1971
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Richard Grant
Accession Number:
1988-5-4
Restrictions & Rights:
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Model RT 20 Radio

Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Medium:
Metal, wood, plastic
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 25.8 × 50 × 17.9 cm (10 3/16 × 19 11/16 × 7 1/16 in.)
Type:
appliances & tools
Decorative Arts
radio
Object Name:
radio
Made in:
Germany
Date:
1961
Credit Line:
Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor
Accession Number:
1986-99-11
Restrictions & Rights:
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RCS 9

Designer:
Dieter Rams, German, b. 1932  Search this
Manufacturer:
Braun AG, Frankfurt Germany, founded 1921  Search this
Medium:
plastic, glass, metal
Dimensions:
Overall: 20.2 x 56.7 x 28 cm (7 15/16 x 22 5/16 x 11 in.)
Type:
appliances & tools
Decorative Arts
Receiver
Object Name:
Receiver
Credit Line:
Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor
Accession Number:
1986-99-12
Restrictions & Rights:
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