Manuel Raeder is the founder of Berlin-based interdisciplinary design studio, Studio Manuel Raeder (2003), which works in a wide range of formats and explores the boundaries between exhibitions, ephemera, books, type design, editing and publishing to furniture design as well as curatorial praxis. The studio is concerned with the construction of narratives, in the form of books, exhibition and communication design, and with the meaning of books within space and archives as well as the future of libraries. Most of the furniture pieces as well as several exhibition display systems that the studio has developed, started with questions such as how to deal with books and archives within space and how different forms of organising and categorising define or alter history.
Studio Manuel Raeder has contributed to numerous exhibitions and projects in Germany and internationally, through architectural, exhibition, graphic and/or furniture design work. These exhibitions and projects include Christoforos Savva. Untimely, Again, Cyprus Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale (2019); MELLY, Muebles Manuel at Witte de With, Rotterdam (2018); and Mental Relations, Eduardo Costa, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo Mexico City (2017).
The studio has engaged in designing, publishing and editing over 200 artists’ books, in addition to being responsible for the communication strategies and graphic identities of several cultural institutions and galleries across the world.
In 2011, Raeder established the publishing house BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE in Berlin. He is currently a teacher in the newly established Master of Arts in Graphic Design programme at the Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia.
He holds a BA in Graphic and Media Design from the London College of Printing (1996–2000) and a post-graduate degree in Art, Design and Theory from the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands (2001–2003).
Born in 1977 in Erlangen, Germany, Raeder lives and works in Berlin.
School of Casablanca
KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Sharjah Art Foundation, in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Marokko, ThinkArt and Zamân Books & Curating have initiated the School of Casablanca, a collaborative project that takes as its starting point the legacy of the Casablanca Art School and its innovative pedagogical methods and exhibition strategies in 1960s Morocco.