A catalogue that proposes an open narrative through the objects on display and questions the position contemporary design plays in the dialogue between people and every day objects.
The exhibition The Letter E is Everywhere consists of display structures and furniture pieces as well as books, prints, objects and textiles designed by Studio Manuel Raeder, juxtaposed with other objects found during an exploration of local handcraft production in Oaxaca. The exhibition also features three furniture pieces developed as a result from this research, in collaboration with Oaxacan artisans. The Letter E is Everywhere is shaped by the objects mentioned earlier, and by the display structures developed especially for the exhibition. The exhibition also presents objects whose production converses between craft and design practice: industrial, mass-produced popular objects, handicrafts, and furniture pieces from popular design.
The exhibition and catalogue propose an open narrative through the objects on display and question the position contemporary design plays in the dialogue between people and every day objects. At the same time, it reflects the approach that Manuel Raeder and his studio have about their practice, where design is used as a tool that is constantly reconsidered and customized.
Published in conjunction with the exhibition The Letter E is Everywhere presented at Centro de Diseño de Oaxaca; Archivo, Mexico City and Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany between 2012 – 2013, in cooperation with the Centro de Diseño de Oaxaca.
Graphic designer Manuel Raeder lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the London College of Printing and has completed a post-graduate at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht. His main focus lies in close collaborations with artists, designers, curators, theorists and musicians. His work has a wide range of formats from exhibitions, publications, type design to furniture design. Manuel Raeder has held workshops in various instituions (Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg...).
Manuel Raeder is the co-founder of Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite, a publishing house specialized in high quality artists' books.