Many of my introductions to world-famous designers happened through conversations with friends who are very heavily entrenched in the design sphere. The introduction to Dieter Rams came by way of a friend, John Bastiras, who is perhaps the only person I know who possesses a vast knowledge of Australian architecture in the world of cycling (my other love).
John and I had connected through cycling due to his prolific collection of retro road bikes and a passion for Campagnolo – a brand I am besotted with. One day I was in his furniture showroom and came across an old Braun radio, which turned out to be the SK61 Phonograph and Radio designed by Dieter Rams. Thus began my introduction to the work and life of Dieter.
Recently, the Vitra Design Museum presented a new online exhibition, German Design 1949–1989 Two Countries, One History. The emphasis of this exhibition is to look at the post-war design of Germany. As part of the exhibition, Vitra is exclusively screening a full-length documentary of Dieter Rams’ work for a period of 24 hours. After the screening expires, you can rent it Vimeo.
Update: I found another location of the documentary on YouTube with English subtitles.