Hi Fi Design: Vintage Electronics

Hi Fi Design: Vintage Electronics

Sarah Rainwater
Jun 1, 2010

Whether you consider yourself techie, luddite or somewhere in between, if you love design, it's hard not to appreciate the graphic and masculine minimalism of mid-century electronics that still have style — and often usefulness — to this day.

Designers such as Dieter Rams, who headed design at Braun for over thirty years starting in the 1960s and Jacob Jensen, whose clients included Bang & Olufsen, created products that are simple, timeless and worthy of collecting. Pieces by both designers are easily found on eBay (though not necessarily cheaply) and some, such as Jensen's iconic doorbell, are still in production, not to mention the many modern interpretations of the aesthetic.

1. L2 and L01 speakers, 1958, by Dieter Rams for Braun
2. BRAUN SK5 radio and record player Dieter Rams, on eBay for $1,429
3. Vintage 1960's Bang & Olufsen BeoVox 2500 Cube speakers, via buybuyla.com
4. Bang & Olufsen Beogram 4000 by Jacob Jensen, included in the permanent collection at MoMA
5. Dieter Rams and Ulm Hochschule für Gestaltung. Pocket Radio (model T3), 1958, included in the permanent collection at MoMA

6. Vintage Jacob Jenson World Time Zones Clock, on eBay for $200
7. Wireless Doorbell by Jacob Jensen, $168.87 on Amazon
8. Audio 1 Kompaktanlage by Dieter Rams, reconfigured as an MP3 Jukebox and Server by Markus Wolf and Markus Bader
9. Untitled Photograph, Braun Model RT 20, 1961 by Todd Eberle, part of his Hi Fi series
10. The wall-mounted CD player by Naoto Fukasawa for MUJI captures the mid-century aesthetic for modern technology, $178

&bull: Final Frame: "Bootleg Objects" Sound Series
Inspiration: Vintage Braun Tech

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