A special exhibition at Euroshop 2017 dedicated to the life and works of Burkhardt Leitner
Under the auspices of Messe Düsseldorf the lifetime achievements of designer Burkhardt Leitner will also be recognized in a special exhibition area. Burkhardt Leitner has dedicated 50 years of his life to the development of innovative modular architectural systems, earning himself a permanent place in German design history.
A personal and comprehensive tribute entitled “THANK YOU BURKHARDT, Burkhardt Leitners 50 years in design“ will be opened at 2pm on 5th March 2017 by Akin Nalça, Company Director of Burkhardt Leitner Modular Spaces GmbH und Andrej Kupetz, CEO of the German Design Council.
The exhibition concept was developed by Akin Nalça, a former business partner of Burhardt Leitner who also became a longstanding friend. The newly founded Burkhardt Leitner Modular Spaces GmbH is a first-time exhibitor at the fair and Nalça wanted the special exhibition to be hosted at the same time. Together with his business partner Alp Gümüs, Nalça feels a responsibility for protecting and continuing the legacy inherited from Burhardt Leitner. As far as four years back he commented in the fascinating publication “Burkhardt Leitner: System Designer” (avedition 2013): “I have no doubt that whatever Burkhardt Leitner created as determining elements throughout design history will remain as a design classic in the future. I will always respect him as a master who taught me what I should do and what I should not.“
Like his great inspiration Burkhardt Leitner, Akin Nalça is also an entrepreneur and designer. He first met Burkhardt Leitner at Euroshop in 1996, after which they became business partners and companions. As Akin Nalça recalls: „In every meeting we had since we met in 1996 Euroshop, one of Burkhardt Leitners sketches or patterns would remain vivid in my memory as the summary of what we talked about in these meetings with him. I will always keep those sketches created with artistic sensitivity and depth, as valuable objects from my past and a part of my personal archive“, explains Akin Nalça.
Discover Burkhardt Leitner
Now visitors are presented with a unique opportunity to discover the designer and - possibly a lesser-known fact - artist Burkhardt Leitner at the exhibition. Items on show include objects that he designed specifically as “non-art”, modular and small-sized pieces that escape conventional classification and defined the corporate identity of his company at the time.
The exhibition can be visited in Hall 5, Stand G42.
Open Sunday March 5, 2017 – Thursday March 9, 2017 from 10am to 6pm
Exhibitor Data Sheet