Kronberg: Braun Collection

Our visit to see the Collection was considerably enhanced when asked if we might see the curator. What a delightful surprise to meet Horst Kaupp, Curator of the collection for all of 62 years! Through the helpful interpretor, Daniella Ispir, we were regaled with information and stories which spanned the career of Dieter Rams (who has now retired, but was with Braun almost as long) through to the present day. We were then treated to a view of the actual archive collection on the lower level - over 10,000 products produced over the years, and Braun had one or more copies of each of them, as well as much paper documentation.

Here is their own description: The BraunCollection presents the diverse history of the company and the Braun brand in a permanent exhibition that was newly designed in 2011. Around 300 exhibits illustrate the development of Braun design from its first beginnings to the present day, including all of Braun’s diverse product categories. The exhibition covers fascinating areas such as the very early history of the company and its designs, milestones of Braun design, Braun design today and the design language of the future.

The BraunCollection is now an entirely permanent exhibition with numerous interactive elements. Film material and iPads provide in-depth information to visitors

The BraunCollection archive contains some 5,600 products spanning 90 years. Approximately 2,800 of these are one-off items that never went into series production.

It was a fitting visit to wrap up our Germany Find Design roadtrip. We gathered enough information on places yet to vist that we could fill another several weeks. Germany is a wealth of Design information.