Rams began studies in architecture and interior decoration at Wiesbaden School of Art in 1947. Soon after in 1948, he took a break from studying to gain practical experience and conclude his carpentry apprenticeship. He resumed studies at Wiesbaden School of Art in 1948 and graduated with honours in 1953 after which he began working for Frankfurt based architect Otto Apel.
In 1955, he was recruited to Braun as an architect and an interior designer. In addition, in 1961, he became the Chief Design Officer at Braun until 1995. Dieter Rams was strongly influenced by the presence of his grandfather, a carpenter. Rams once explained his design approach in the phrase "Weniger, aber beset" which translates as "Less, but better".
Rams and his staff designed many memorable products for Braun including the famous SK-4 record player and the high-quality 'D'-series (D45, D46) of 35 mm film slide projectors. He is also known for designing a furniture collection for Vitso in the 1960s including the 606 Universal Shelving System and 620 Chair Programme. By producing electronic gadgets that were remarkable in their austere aesthetic and user friendliness, Rams made Braun a household name in the 1950s.
He is considered to be one of the most influential industrial designers of the 20th century. In 2010, to mark his contribution to the world of design, he was awarded the 'Kølner Klopfer' prize by the students of the Cologne International School of Design. In addition, as successor to the Bauhaus, Rams eventually became a protégé of the Ulm School of Design in Ulm, Germany.
Dieter Rams has been involved in design for seven decades.
1960 Receives 'Kulturkreis im Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie' Scholarship Award
1961 TP1 Portable record player and radio receives "Supreme Award" at Interplas exhibition, London
1963 F21 receives "Supreme Award" at Interplas exhibition, London
1968 Awarded 'Honorary Royal Designer for Industry' of the Royal Society of Arts, UK for 'distinguished design in furniture and light engineering products'
1969 620 Chair awarded 'Gold Medal' at the International Furniture Exhibition in Vienna
1978 Awarded 'SIAD Medal of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers', UK
1985 Awarded 'Académico de Honor Extranjero' by the Academia Mexicana de Diseáo, Mexico 1989 First recipient of the 'Industrie Forum Design Hannover', Germany, for special contribution to design
1989 Awarded 'Doctor honoris causa' by Royal College of Arts, London, UK
1992 Receives IKEA prize and uses prize money for his own 'Dieter and Ingeborg Rams Foundation' for the promotion of design 1996 Receives 'World Design Medal' from the Industrial Designers Society of America
2002 Awarded 'Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland' (Commanders Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany)
2003 Receives 'Design Award ONDI', Havana, Cuba for his special contribution to industrial design and world culture
2007 Awarded Design Prize of the Federal republic of Germany for his life's work
2007 Receives Lucky Strike Designer Award from the Raymond Loewy Foundation
2013 Awarded Lifetime Achievement Medal at London Design Festival 2013