Braun

RCS 9 / L 20

Dieter Rams

1961 / 1962

Braun RCS 9 / L 20

An amplifier and receiver with phono input and without built in speaker, Rams' RCS 9 control unit anticipated the 60s Braun programm's tendency towards modularity, and with it, the separation of audio functions into individual devices. It also aesthetically revised Gugelot's housing design that had established the norm for Braun audio from '55 - '59. Rams kept Gugelot's basic principle of expressing end panels and span as discrete elements. But he fundamentally transformed the older designer's material vocabulary. In this connection, it should be noted that 1961 was the year in which Rams was promoted to the position of Direction of Braun's newly formed Design Department, the institution of which marked the end of the Company's collaboration with the HfG Ulm.

Cool anodised aluminium and a light grey paint finish replaced the more romantic associations of figured wood. These were to remain in use until the introduction of a structured anthracite paint finish towards the end of decade. Also significant is the first appearance of the RC 9E receiver module, notable for its rationalised control panel with graphically reduced tuning scale offset by a radically asymmetrical arrangement of knobs. 

See also Rams' Atelier 3 design, the last and most successful by far of his early Atelier series, and his RZ 60 universal shelving system, whose material language and constructive principle the RCS 9 unit employs.

price: £800