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A self-initiated exhibition of Bibliothèque's extensive collection of posters and print designed for the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Read more


The exhibition was held at the Vitsœ showroom in London. A poignant location because of it's German design lineage. Vitsœ manufacture the '606 Universal Shelving System' designed by Dieter Rams, one time protégé of Otl Aicher's Ulm school colleague Hans Gugelot. The entire exhibition was built using the 606 system modified for display purposes.

The invite, guide and posters for the 72 exhibition contextualised the Olympic content with the location, and placed the games' canine mascot Waldi as a centrepiece upon the Vitsœ shelving system. The exhibition title '72' comes from the happy coincidence of the venue’s address (72 Wigmore Street) and the year of the games. The private view was attended by a number of Aicher's team including German designer Rolf Müller and the only English members, Ian McLaren and Michael Burke.

The exhibition featured in The Times, The Telegraph, Creative Review and as far away as Tokyo, appearing in a special German design edition of Idea magazine (in a 24-page supplement designed by Bibliothèque).

Read more at Creative Review.
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