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Open doors + special guest: Our Polite Society

De Monsterkamer hosts an Open Doors + Special Guest every first Thursday of the month. For the next event on September 3rd we invited Our Polite Society

  • Date: 03/09/2015
  • Time: 17:00 - 20:00
  • Location: De Monsterkamer
  • Speaker: Matthias Kreutzer
  • Costs: Free

Our Polite Society is a graphic design studio based in Amsterdam/The Netherlands and Stockholm/Sweden. It was founded in 2008 by the designers Jens Schildt (SE) and Matthias Kreutzer (DE). They design (typo)graphic identities, books, magazines, posters, exhibitions, record sleeves, (dingbat) fonts, and websites. They work in close collaboration with clients, emphasizing typography, structure and method.

In the project ‘Vaguely Specified Objects’ (2014) the folding of the printing sheet reenacts a road trip and creates the visual cacophony of road signs passing by.

At De Monsterkamer they will present four projects, in which the printing sheet is taken as the basis for the design, and in which standards and restrictions in the production process influence how an object may be constructed. Aspects of materials and production techniques turn into design principles through the quest for ways to logically connect them to the content of a certain work.

In the project ‘Country of the Rising Sun’ (2013) the printing sheet brings an exhibition of photographs from a gallery wall into a publication.

Besides their studio practice, Jens and Matthias are part of the publishing collective ‘The Session’, which has issued 15 small and big publications since 2007. Jens is teaching at Konstfack University in Stockholm, Matthias at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Our Polite Society is currently working on a project together with Paul Gangloff, titled ‘The Book of the Future’, at Extrapool in Nijmegen with the participation of Delphine Bedel, Ostengruppe, Will Holder and Tim Voss. This will result in a series of 4 publications and a book in Spring 2016.

In the project 11×17 Reader (2014) the printing sheet cuts up and reassembles the archive material of a research about cutting and reassembling.

In the project ‘OCCII, January – December 2009’ (2010) the two sides of the printing sheet have the twofold function of a calendar and an editorial space and bring together the formats of the poster and the book and the respective ways in which these formats relate to time.

The lecture will be in English. Registration for the event is not required. Afterwards you can join us for dinner at Studio/K (at your own costs). Looking forward to seeing you on September 3rd!

The activities program of De Monsterkamer is supported by Creative Industries Fund NL.


  • 17:00 Drinks
  • 18:00 Presentation Our Polite Society
  • 18:30 Q&A
  • 19:00 Drinks
  • 20:00 End

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