12 April 2018


In 2017–18 the Berlin-based design studio Studio Manuel Raeder did a full redesign of UKS’ visual identity, including the website, and its branch Muebles Manuel created custom-fit furniture for our archive space.

Studio Manuel Raeder has—among a wide range of graphic design projects—made websites for Artists Space, Mendes Wood DM, and Galerie Neu. Muebles Manuel recently created the tables and chairs, bookshelves, and vitrine cases for Witte de With‘s ground floor space as part of the project Untitled.

Working closely with UKS, Studio Manuel Raeder’s redesign takes cue from the UKS history. It uses the original logo—the letters U – K – S and the “UKS branch” that was drafted in 1921 by board member Tor Refsum—as the basis for the development of a new logo and font. Responding to UKS’ aim to stay malleable and change its institutional modus operandi, the institutional design, for every artistic practice exhibited, the UKS logo and letters are ever spinning, ever turning.

Studio Manuel Raeder is an interdisciplinary design studio based in Berlin since 2003. Its activities include a wide range of formats, exploring the boundaries between exhibitions, ephemera, books, type design, editing, publishing, furniture design, and curatorial praxis. Studio Manuel Raeder consists of Sylvia Lee, Lucas Liccini, Miglė Kazlauskaitė (2015-2018), and Manuel Raeder.


Images of UKS’ visual identity by Studio Manuel Raeder. All photos by Jan Khür

Images of UKS’ archive space. Furniture by Muebles Manuel. All photos by UKS and Jan Khür

Images from the archive showing variations of the UKS logo over the years

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