Braun

KM 3

Gerd Alfred Muller

1957

Braun KM 3

Müller's KM 3 design of 1957, with its distinctly fluid profile and unitary form, was the first appearance of what would become an important organic strand within Braun functionalism of the 1960's. Rams' work of this period tended towards severe formal reduction relieved by the asymmetrical distribution of controls and functional elements verging on the quixotic. Weiss was preoccupied with the articulation of distinct functional units and their unexpected sculptural combination. Müller's approach fell somewhere between the two.

In its emphasis on sculptural formal unity, Müller's work was close to Weiss. As it was in his clear expression of and distinction between functional elements. But the extreme severity by which this distinction was imposed: motor block / gearing / tool, aligns him with Rams. Regular horizontal cuts divide the body into functional strata. The bowl conforms with this regime by the alignment of its leading top edge with the upper line of the gearing block, at one and the same time integrating and dividing.

Müller's organicism, on the other hand, was his own, such complex and decidedly non-orthogonal forms appearing nowhere else within the Braun lexicon. He deployed the device of imposing functional division upon a unitary curvilinear form in a number of important designs for Braun, in the iconic SM 3 sextant (a collaboration with Gugelot). In this connection it is also interesting to think of his early work for German pen manufacturer Lamy. 

condition: museum quality piece, fully working and  unusually complete: blender / processor / blade rack / coffee grinder / citruss press / dough hook / beater / small bowl / spatula / colour brochure / illustrated instructions for use (English language) / guarantee pamphlet

price:  £400