Category: Dieter Rams

Braun SK 4 Radio-Phone Combination.

Braun SK 4 Radio-Phone Combination. Germany Designer Dieter Rams, Hans Gugelot. German Industrial design

Braun SK 4 Radio-Phone Combination

Braun SK 4 Radio-Phone Combination 1956.

Design by Hans Gugelot and Dieter Rams. Braun SK 4/6 Radio-Phone Combination. Built by Braun AG, Frankfurt a.M. Germany, 1956.

The Braun SK 4 or “Phonosuper SK 4” is a radio-phonograph combination which was presented in 1956 by the company Braun. It consists of a tube radio and a record player in a sealed enclosure made ​​of metal and wood with acrylic glass cover. A special feature of the “Phono Supers SK 4” is the solid plexiglass cover, which was a novelty for products of consumer electronics at the time. Originally, Hans Gugelot and Dieter Rams provided a cover made ​​of sheet metal, but it turned out that this would rattle at higher volumes. Dieter Rams suggested as a solution to a cover made of acrylic glass in front, a material that had just appeared on the market. The clear cover had a formative for decades and brought the device, the colloquial name “Snow White’s Coffin”.

– I can´t stand any ´isms´- nationalism, functionalism. 
There is no functionalism, just functions.
Dieter Rams

Keywords:
German Braun Design, Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm, 1955, 1958, Artur Braun, Albrecht Schultz, Dieter Rams, Fritz Eichler, Otl Aicher, Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Hans Gugelot, Inge Aicher-Scholl, Herbert Hirche, HF 1, SK 4 Radio-Phone Combination.