Fons Hickmann M23 is located in a leafy courtyard building in the middle of Berlin-Kreuzberg, at Mariannenplatz. It is run by Fons Hickmann and Bjoern Wolf. Just a stone’s throw away is Bethanien, the title of Rio Reiser’s Rauch-Haus-Song and a symbol of social change after 1968.
M23 is known around the world and has had a strong influence on the design scene for many years now. Its works appear at all the major design festivals – they have won multiple awards, and are collectors’ objects at museums.
The design studio focuses on the design of complex communication systems and is working mainly in the cultural field, art institutions, publishers, and NGOs. Its clients normally search M23 to work especially with them.
The studio also participates in exhibitions. In 2011 it developed the object series “Hybrids” for the Curious Minds exhibition in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, followed by individual exhibitions in Teheran, Ljubljana, and Trnava. Currently its works are on display in New York, Moscow, Shanghai, and São Paulo.
Fons Hickmann is also a university professor. After seven years at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, he now has a professorship at the University of Arts in Berlin. These days he is devoting more time into publishing professional literature on photography, media theory, graphic design, popular topics and football.