Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Design Dienstag

What initially attracted me to cars when I was a kid, before I understood the magic of engineering or the drama of motorsport, before I became addicted to the sweet, pungent scent of gasoline and oil or had ever turned an engine-driven wheel in anger, was design.  I didn't know that's what it was called then, I just knew that I loved the bold shapes, colors, and intricate details that make up the exterior of a pretty car.

Over the years, I've had the good fortune of meeting many other similarly afflicted individuals - "Petrolsexuals", as Clarkson calls us - and most of them would agree, design is what first got them hooked on cars as young hoons in waiting.  

With those things in mind, I don't feel it's too far of a thematic stretch to add a new weekly design feature to the site.  "Dienstag" means "design" auf Deutsch.  It ain't pretty, but it keeps the alliteration theme going.  It's also arguable that modern design, as we know it today, was born in Germany more than a hundred years ago with the Neues Bauen and subsequent Bauhaus movements.

So here goes.  First up, a seriously lust-worthy collection of Braun audio gear designed by the legendary Dieter Rams.


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