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There are many ways to describe Burkhardt Leitner:

There is a talented designer and master of the node, the tinkerer with his eye for detail who thinks systematically yet never loses sight of the whole, the generous patron of art and design, the entrepreneur who is quick to recognize and seize his opportunities. How does he unite all that? The Burkhardt Leitner system is based on a strong foundation: his unshakeable trust – in himself and others.

I myself became acquainted with and experienced this trust as a rather youthful director of the German Design Council: it lies at the heart of one of the most intriguing business personalities in our country.

Andrej Kupetz
Chief Executive Officer German Design Council

systems

“Temporary things can sometimes be quite amazingly enduring. For more than four decades now, the notion of temporary architecture has forever been a part of my thoughts, my work –in short, my life. It has become a lifelong theme, a theme that, play around with it as I might, I have never been able to get out of my system; a theme that I have tried literally to capture in absolutely systematic fashion, always drawing up new design principles, adopting ever more finely honed systems thinking and working with an extraordinarily lively team which understands me and knows how to continue and develop my way of thinking.”
With the motto “Metamorphoses” we introduced no less than three new design
With the motto “Metamorphoses” we introduced no less than three new design

non art

“A long-running series.

‏Sometimes things take on a life of their own, to which even their creators must submit. What began in 1971, in a strictly limited edition, as a personal and annual gift from Burkhardt Leitner, was soon being requested year after year by friends, almost as a tradition. non art became a series, as a biographical project.
With the motto “Metamorphoses” we introduced no less than three new design
With the motto “Metamorphoses” we introduced no less than three new design
With the motto “Metamorphoses” we introduced no less than three new design
With the motto “Metamorphoses” we introduced no less than three new design

franking stamp & temprorary art

Over the course of many years, every quarter, an artist has designed a unique franking stamp for the company – to be used just for those three months. This idea has enabled Burkhardt Leitner not only to integrate art in the everyday and thus conquer the modern separation of art and the utility culture, but also to forge a new direction in corporate culture. Instead of using the anonymous bureaucratic franking stamp provided by the post, the company applies a wholly unique stamp to all its business correspondence. Simultaneously, the humble envelope, that throwaway item of corporate communication par excellence, becomes an integral part of this art-inspired dialogue.‏And every recipient is forced to ask: does art really belong in the waste bin?

personal art

“And I was electrified, moved, overwhelmed. Here everything that makes up his personality was visible, tangible, the secrecy, the search for protection. The struggle against childhood trauma, at times hard fought, at times rebellious and then suddenly something humorous, ironic, liberating. At no time did I see art misunderstood as a therapeutic end in itself. There is a consistent striving for form, an analysis of material and color, a search for artistic expression, experimentation. Neither is he interested in the aesthetic as an end in itself, creating a bourgeois illusion of beautification and decoration. For him it is all about knowledge.”

Prof. Ulrich Fleischmann Editor and Author of Monograph

“Burkhardt Leitner System Designer”
With the motto “Metamorphoses” we introduced no less than three new design
With the motto “Metamorphoses” we introduced no less than three new design
With the motto “Metamorphoses” we introduced no less than three new design
With the motto “Metamorphoses” we introduced no less than three new design