1921
    2013
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    • 1957
      Combi DL5
      The business end of Braun's first electric razor featured a thin, flexible, perforated foil that separated the user's face from the cutting blades beneath. Revolutionary at the time, that innovation persists to this day.
      Designed By:Dieter Rams, Gerd Alfred Muller
    • 1957
      KM 3
      In a market then dominated by heavy, chrome American appliances done in the streamlined style, Muller's sleek, white, Scandinavian-aesthetic food processor was another signal that Braun design would forge their own path.
      Designed By:Gerd Alfred Muller
    • 1958
      HF 1
      A sharp break from the prevailing, heavy, wooden, furniture-like archetype of what a television should be. Futuristic for the time and almost shockingly minimalist, with lesser-used controls hidden under a lid.
      Designed By:Herbert Hirche
    • 1962
      Sixtant SM 31
      The elegant matte-black surface was a departure from the then-prevalent white/cream aesthetic of toiletries. The Sixtant SM 31 also featured the first galvanoplastic, platinum-coated shaving foil.
      Designed By:Gerd Alfred Muller, Hans Gugelot, Fritz Eichler
    • 1967
      KSM 1/11
      The most minimalist Braun product yet was this coffee grinder--a cylinder with a single red button. But the slightly curved taper still provided that human touch, letting you know that this came from a designer, not a machine.
      Designed By:Reinhold Weiss
    • 1971
      HLD 6/61
      A beautiful example of reconciling pure geometry with functionality, and adding an innovative touch in the slide-on concentrator nozzle. It's difficult to guess what era this was designed in--a sign of its timelessness.
      Designed By:Jurgen Greubel
    • 1972
      KF 20
      A cylinder broken into three functional components: The drip housing, the coffeepot and the heating element. The KF 20 coffeemaker, like the PS 1000 turntable before it, set the modern layout for this category of device.
      Designed By:Florian Seiffert
    • 1975
      AB 20/20 tb
      Highly legible, compact, and with a flip-down lid containing time-zone markings, this travel clock became a go-to item for the globetrotting businessperson.
      Designed By:Dieter Rams, Dietrich Lubs
    • 1978
      PGC 1000
      A symbol of Braun's technological might and ergonomic research. The former was responsible for the vastly smaller shape and intake vents moved to the rear, now a staple; the latter gave birth to the then-radical angled handle.
      Designed By:Heinz Ullrich Haase
    • 1978
      ABR 21
      The symmetrical form of this bedside alarm clock/radio made its dual functions perfectly obvious, and the array of dots for the speaker grill recalled the SK 1.
      Designed By:Dieter Rams, Dietrich Lubs
    • 1981
      ABW 41
      A fine example of "Form follows function," the ABW 41 didn't have a centimeter of wasted space; the frameless wall clock was all dial. On the technological front, this was then the flattest clock in the world.
      Designed By:Dietrich Lubs
    • 1983
      BP 1000
      Hair drying to-go: Oberheim's design for travel hinged the handle for stowage, and cleverly left it both hollow and open from the bottom, providing a handy way to stow the power cable.
      Designed By:Robert Oberheim
    • 1984
      KF 40
      This refinement of the KF 20 perfected the shape. The ridges on the back are not for style; they reconcile the need to use an affordable material for mass production--polypropylene--by precluding potential waviness in the surface.
      Designed By:Hartwig Kahlcke
    • 1985
      Micron Vario 3 universal
      Another first: The Micron Vario 3's innovative slider button enabled the beard trimmer to flip out at 90 degrees. It was the sort of subtle, intelligent innovation that Braun was known for, and that competitors would copy.
      Designed By:Roland Ullmann
    • 2012
      Sensocare
      Braun's latest haircare product is the SensoCare, a sleekly-designed curling iron with ceramic, rather than metal, heating plates and graphic speed- and moisture-level indicators.
      Designed By:Braun Designers
    • 2013
      SkinSpa
      On the women's hair-removal front, the Silk-Epil 7 SkinSpa boasts superfine, superior-to-waxing performance. It is able to remove hair down to the 0.5mm level while simultaneously massaging and exfoliating.
      Designed By:Braun Designers
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    A Sponsored Archive of Historic Braun Design

    In recognition of Braun's long history of and dedication to "good design," Core77 presents this archive of product histories, photos and more to highlight Braun's success in creating meaningful products that people enjoy using.

    Background

    In the 1920's Braun started as a small engineering shop and by the 1960's had become an internationally renowned brand for small electrical appliances—a development driven by technical innovation, long-lasting quality and outstanding design. Today, nearly 90 years after its inception, Braun is part of P&G, the largest consumer goods products company in the world.