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This vintage Braun piece recalls the first firm’s first hairdryer – the HLD 2, which Reinhold Weiss designed in 1964.

Here the original rectangular rocker switch has been replaced with a less formal circular yellow button. This feature had been introduced by Dieter Rams in his iconic HLD 4 model in 1970. Furthermore, the cylindrical shape of the rear section mirrors the H 7 heater, which Weiss has co-designed with Rams in 1967.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York holds eleven Reinhold Weiss items in its permanent collection, including the HLD 2 hairdryer.

This hairdryer comes in a boxed Coiffeur set that includes a pouch and original box, instructions card and guarantee leaflet. It is in absolutely mint / unused working condition. It's a truly fabulous find.

The hairdryer has a continental European 2-pin plug and has an integral voltage selector for 220 or 110 volts.

There are several important things to note about functionality.

Most importantly, all vintage electrical items are sold here as decorative items only and must be fully safety checked by a qualified electrician before being plugged into the mains, if you decide you want to use them. Please see my important condition of sale note covering all types of vintage electrical items below.

Secondly, following any safety check, it is important to note that the hair dryer would require an inexpensive socket adapter to be used outside continental Europe. They are definitely NOT intended for use with bathroom shaver sockets.

Furthermore, the items' functionality has been tested – for the buyer’s information only - on UK mains electricity supply. The selector for 110 volts was not tested. Prospective buyers from other countries must check with an electrician local to them to confirm safe compatibility.


Reference
Bernd Polster and Olaf Meyer, Braun 50 Jahre Produktinnovation, DuMont Press, Cologne, Germany, 2005, pp 464 for more information.

© Text and photographs copyright room_606. All rights reserved.

A vintage Braun Coiffeur set with Hairdryer HLD 3/31 (Model 4425) designed by Reinhold Weiss in 1972 (Boxed / MINT)

$115.61

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  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: Plastic, Polished Steel
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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