Erik Spiekermann for DWR

Erik Spiekermann for DWR

Typographer, graphic designer, and businessman Erik Spiekermann has created timeless, influential and—yes—metaphysical work over the past three decades. Next to founding MetaDesign and FontShop (the latter being the first ever digital distributor of fonts) and designing more instant classic typefaces than any other, he has been recognized as an outstanding expert internationally as a lecturer and professor.


Design Within Reach is the source for the best in modern design, from iconic mid-century works to innovative items designed today. DWR sells clean and simple furniture and accessories, representing designers, materials, and processes that span categories and countries. In addition to residential settings, many of the items in Design Within Reach's assortment are used in corporate settings, restaurants, hotels, and schools around the world.


DWR founder Rob Forbes suggested collaborating. Spiekermann: "In the USA, streets can be quite long, and house ­numbers often run into five dig­its. The choice of num­bers for this pur­pose, how­ever, is pretty lim­ited. What you see attached to most walls would not pass for pro­fes­sion­ally-designed figures. This is how Rob Forbes, the founder of Design within Reach, also saw it. So he asked me whether I could do any­thing about that and design num­bers that would work in three dimen­sions. (…) Clas­sic is my own adap­tion of Bodoni; for Con­tem­po­rary, I some­what rearranged Meta Bold; Indus­trial is a generic indus­trial type­face as neg­a­tive sten­cils; and Tech is my attempt at design­ing num­bers with­out any diag­o­nal strokes. The mate­ri­als are laser-cut, enam­elled steel, extruded, and anodized alu­minum, laser-cut, painted steel, and water-cut, polished stain­less steel."

 
 

Erik Spiekermann House Numbers

Industrial Orange

Available at Gestalten Space Berlin

 

Available at Gestalten Space Berlin

 

Available at Gestalten Space Berlin

 

Available at Gestalten Space Berlin

 
 

Available at Gestalten Space Berlin

 

Available at Gestalten Space Berlin