Erik Spiekermann (*1947) – typesetter, printer, art historian, information designer, font designer and author – founded in 1979 MetaDesign, that he expanded to the largest German design office until his departure in 2001. Projects realized with Metadesign are amongst others the guidance systems for the Airport Düsseldorf and the BVG Berlin (the public transport company of Berlin) as well as CD-Programs for Audi and VW. In 1989 Spiekermann founded FontShop, globally the first online sales platform for electronic fonts. Some of his font designs, e.g. FF Meta and ITC Officina can be counted among the modern classics. For his DBType for the German national rail company Spiekermann was awarded in 2007 with the national Design Award Bundespreis Design in Gold.
Erik Spiekermann is honorary professor at the HfK Bremen, honorary doctor at Art Center in Pasadena, Royal Designer for Industry of the Royal Society for the Arts in London, Award Winner of the Royal Academy Den Haag, founding member of Forum Typographie and board member of several associations. In 2011 he received the German Design Award for his life work as well as the TDC Medaille in New York and the SOTA Award in New Orleans, also for his complete works. In 2013 followed an award of ADC Deutschland for his works.
Spiekermann's Design office Edenspiekermann is based in Berlin, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, London and San Francisco. In his letterpress printing workshop Galerie P98a in Berlin is used an impressive collection of six proof presses, one Heidelberger Tiegel and a multitude of small wood and lead platens.
All our talks are for free (whether you are a member or not), held in english, at the auditorium of the MUDAM (the "Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean") in Luxembourg.
Monobloc tells the story of the best-selling piece of furniture of all time. Estimates claim there are a billion of these cheap plastic chairs in use all over the world. This unassuming chair threatens our environment and good taste but is indispensable for millions of people to whom a chair is a chair and nothing more. This is the tale of an object viewed through a critical eye on globalisation - a story that spans functionality and beauty, capitalism and sharing, consumption and recycling.