A Rational Approach

A Rational Approach

By Sally McGrane / Photos by Pia Ulin
Typography guru Erik Spiekermann and his wife, designer Susanna Dulkinys, hate clutter. That’s why they love the supersleek Berlin domicile they constructed to have just the right lines—and a host of energy-saving features behind the scenes.

Erik Spiekermann, master typographer, is responsible for everything from the German National Railways’ iconic "DB" insignia to the typefaces used by Volkswagen, Nokia, and Audi; the entire 2001 redesign of the Economist; and a generation of designers’ ideas about type. One of his latest projects, however, involved creating something else altogether: a brand-new, environmentally conscious town house on an empty lot in Berlin.

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