AB5 Alarm Clock by Dietrich Lubs for Braun
The seventies, the decade when cars were too big, pants too wide and side burns too long. But also the decade of Braun, the design powerhouse led by Dieter Rams that created some of the most iconic pieces of consumer electronics ever designed. Unfortunately that design sensibility is long gone and since it was purchased by P&G it has joined the rank of many other dull consumer brands, churning out bland and dull design. Not ‘good design’ as Dieter Rams called it.
Ten principles defined Dieter Rams’ approach to “good design”:
Good design is innovative
Back to purity, back to simplicityIn 1990 - 20 years after the AB1's launch - Braun introduced the AB5 Alarm Clock, as well simply designed to do what is required : Keep accurate time and wake you up in the morning — no more no less. By adhering to design principles, Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs, created another icon of modern design.
For nearly 30 years Dieter Rams served as head of design for Braun until his retirement in 1998. He continues to be a legend in design circles. Many of his designs — clocks, coffee makers, calculators, radios, audio/visual equipment and office products — have found a permanent home at many museums over the world, including MoMA in New York.
Compact and easy to operate, Braun alarm clocks are prized for their simplicity and ultra functionality. The AB5 features an alarm with on/off function, quiet quartz movement, and that bright yellow sweep second hand that is an iconic hallmark of this clock series.Designer: Dietrich Lubs 1990 for Braun.
Dimensions: 7 x 7 x 4 cm
Available in Black and Silver.
Note: Requires 1 AA battery (not included)