Digital Braun

Digital Braun

Following Braun’s formulation of a new design program in the mid 1950’s, Braun products have been showcased at more exhibitions than any other comparable company. Throughout this period, the SK 4 Phonosuper – or better known as the Snow White’s Coffin – is regarded as the pinnacle of cool modernist Braun design. This digital exhibition delves deep into the ideology and myth behind the SK 4 Phonosuper.

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Digital Braun

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About Digital Braun

Ian W. Owen PhD

Ian W. Owen PhD, completed his Bachelor of Design (Architecture) at Liverpool John Moores University in 2004 graduating with First-Class honours. In July 2004, he worked as an architectural assistant for Building Design Partnership before graduating from the Manchester School of Architecture in 2008 with a Diploma in Architecture. Ian continued to advance his industry experience and in 2010 gained his Advance Diploma in Professional Development (Part III). In February 2011 he started work as a lecturer, tutor and academic at the School of Architecture and Built Environment Faculty, Newcastle, Australia. In 2015, he received an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship and completed his doctorate in 2019, specialising in the design ideology of the consumer product manufacturer Braun. In January 2018, he was appointed Level 6 module leader for architecture at the University of Hertfordshire. His main fields of interest are digital design, architectural theory and Braun design. In 2015, Ian founded PracticeMatters, a multidisciplinary architectural studio.

Silvio Carta

Silvio Carta is an ARB RIBA architect and Head of Art and Design at the University of Hertfordshire, where he is also Director of the Professional Doctorates in Fine Arts and Design (DFA and DDES). His research and design interest focus on digital design and public space. Silvio is Head of the Editorial Board of Seoul-based C3 magazine and editor of A_MPS Architecture Media Politics and Society (UCL Press). Silvio is the author of Big Data, Code and the Discrete City (Routledge).

Laura A. Smith

Laura A. Smith attended Alton College and completed an Extended Diploma of Arts and Design in 2017. Gaining the skills to create architectural visual designs, Laura worked for architect Kate Stoddart and developed her knowledge on the value of good design and how it positively impacts our lives, communities and the broader environment. In 2016, she began working for Living Wallz LTD, creating visual landscape designs as well as other creative independent projects. Laura began a BA (Hons) in Architecture at the University of Hertfordshire in 2018. During this time, she gained valuable experience in her first year working for her tutor at Studio Schubert and also acquired a place at Willmott Dixon, shadowing alongside contractors and the construction process. Laura participated in the Festival of Architecture project in 2019, where she and fellow students exhibited an installation showing the impact of plastic waste on the environment at Tower Bridge.

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