The last time we reported on this studio, it was called Bureau David Voss; and we were admiring its approach to student/studio collaboration.
That admiration hasn't changed, but the studio's name has – it's now Bureau Est. Founded in 2009 in Germany, the studio expanded to also operate in Paris in 2018. To reflect the fact it's not just about founder David Voss any more; the new name looks to reflect its collective outlook.
"In addition to concise design concepts for renowned institutions in the field of art and culture, we stand for direct communication, clear structures and transparent processes," says Voss. "With our activities, we pursue the goal of creating awareness and sharing knowledge – actively asking questions and making relevant information visible are ways that lead to insights and enable change." Voss adds that the studio self-reflection on what and who it is and its actions are a "constant component of the working process".
A longstanding project that continually evolves, but wit a consistently distinctive visual approach, is the studio's work for the German Federal Cultural Foundation's magazine. The studio has worked with it for the past two years, creating the biannual newspaper format publication which has previously taken themes including body, land or dilemma.
Issue number 33, for instance, was themed 'interfaces' particularly concerned with the connection between print and digital. As such, for the design Studio Set linked printed matter and augmented reality images using an app. At the same time, artist Tristan Schulze developed a unique artwork for the magazine which the designers transformed into a print version using neon spot colours.
For the most recent issue, the 'dilemma'-themed number 34 – thanks to an enviable degree of freedom the studio has when it comes to the possibilities of print – the mag featured the addition of a small catalogue showing work by Brazilian artist José Leonilson. "We used weighty paper, which is in strong contrast with the thin and translucent paper of the magazine," Voss explains.