Less And More Exhibition

Posted by Scott

I hope some of you were able to make it out to see Dieter Rams at Vitsoe yesterday (so jealous). In related news here are some great shots from the Less And More exhibition.

Bibliotheque via Colorcubic

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Justin Meyers says:

May 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Scott – what in the world is that panel in the second image? Looks like a shrine to modernism where you can simultaneously listen to music.


Justin Meyers says:

May 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Scott – what in the world is that panel in the second image? Looks like a shrine to modernism with the convenience of listening to music simultaneously.


Scott says:

May 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

those are wall sized partitions from the exhibit. you can see another example in the second image but it’s not quite as cool when it’s just showing through to a white wall.


Tom says:

May 8, 2011 at 5:22 am

I really don’t get the slogan “less and more”. It’s a wrong translation. In German it says “less but better” (Weniger, aber besser) – and this is really something different than the strange “less and more” or even the stupid “less is more”.


Scott says:

May 9, 2011 at 4:03 am

The translation could be off but I’ve always taken it to mean that if you design something well, with efficiency (“less”) as a goal, you can have “more” from the object (functionality, ease of use, enjoyment).

In other words, this is a radio and so is this. They both do the same thing, but the first is more because it is less.


Jannis says:

May 9, 2011 at 5:24 am

I met with Mr. Rams last summer for a university course dealing with the “less and more” exhibition at the MAK in Frankfurt ( – I don’t remember it exactly, but I think the exhibition was first shown in Japan, then moved to London and then to Frankfurt.

Tom: Rams said “Weniger ist besser”, but “Weniger ist mehr” is a common phrase (dating back over a hundred years, then used by Mies van der Rohe later on), which translates to “less is more”. For the exhibition the phrase was then altered to read “less and more”, a wordplay, adding that you can learn more about his design ethos by visiting the exhibition. That’s how I always understood it.


raeo says:

May 12, 2011 at 8:33 am

Hi Scott (and everyone else out on the West Coast)

No need to be jealous! The full Less and More Exhibition will be travelling to SF MOMA this summer. A little (German) birdie told me this while in our shop here in NY for the 60s exhibition. The opening launch date isn’t published yet, but tentative for the end of August.

Also, we just posted a photo set of the 60s 606 is 50 event on our FB page. Look closely and you mind find a Jakub or two…


Tom says:

May 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

@Scott: Okay, it’s a bit philosophical but the Braun could also be “less” if you just remove the On/Off-Button. But it would not be better then.

What I don’t like about “Less Is More” is the possible interpretation that less is always better without a threshold. I hope I am able to put into words what I think… :/