The Braun wandanlage was one of the most popular hi-fi systems of the 1960s and represents an important step in the development of consumer electronics. It was designed by design legend Dieter Rams in 1961. The Braun rarity is now to be auctioned off for a good cause on the occasion of Braun’s 100th anniversary. The proceeds will go to the cultural and educational initiative ENTDECKE DESIGN of the non-profit foundation Deutsches Design Museum and thus promote future design and designers.
The wandanlage consists of an amplifier section including a radio, a tape recorder and loudspeakers that blend harmoniously into the overall picture, as well as a record player including a matching shelf. The elegance of the minimalist design and the stylish silver colouring quickly made the system an absolute hit in the living rooms of acoustic lovers and set the trend for decades to come.
A much-coveted collectors’ item
Even today, the wandanlage has lost none of its lustre. In the spring of 2021, the US artist Virgil Abloh caused a stir when he added his own touch to Dieter Rams’ groundbreaking design by chrome-plating the system.
However, the fact that the wandanlage has become a coveted collector’s item after more than half a century usually makes it difficult for enthusiasts to find their own complete and fully functional example. Now, however, there is an opportunity to acquire the cult hi-fi system of yesteryear complete and in perfect “vintage condition” – and to encourage the designers of tomorrow in the process: Highsnobiety is offering the wandanlage for auction in cooperation with Braun.
The proceeds for the Braun wandanlage will go to ENTDECKE DESIGN. The cultural and educational initiative of the non-profit foundation Deutsches Design Museum offers design workshops for pupils of all school types. These promote the creativity of the participants and bring them into contact with the world of design in a practical way. ENTDECKE DESIGN also organises suitable further training for teachers.
The fully intact Braun wandanlage can be purchased on eBay until 15 November. The complete set includes a TS 45 radio and amplifier, a TG 60 tape recorder, two L 450 loudspeakers, a PS 1000 record player as well as wall mountings and a shelf by Vitsoe.
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