Büro Sven Quadflieg is a Cologne based design studio focusing on corporate design, editorial design and web design: The studio has created communication strategies and designs for nationally and internationally renowned companies and cultural institutions, such as the German Federal Foreign Office, the Berlin State Museums, or the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus.

Sven Quadflieg studied communication design and visual communication at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and the Zurich University of the Arts and has worked for internationally renowned design agencies such as EdenSpiekermann, Büro Rempen, and Boros. In 2012 he was nominated as a top five finalist for the German Design Award in the category of Newcomer. His work has been published in various national and international books and magazines and has been awarded with national and international design awards.

His research interests focus on political design: Since 2013, he has been researching (at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg) for his doctoral thesis, in 2015 he published the book “Nadogradnje”. He is a member of the German Society for Design Theory and Research and in that capacity the Co-Organiser of the national colloquium “Design promoviert”.


Sven Quadflieg, Gregor Theune (ed.)

Urban Self-Regulation in Post-Yugoslav Cities

After the territorial division of former Yugoslavia, the political and social turns as well as a rapid transformation from a socialist planned economy into a neoliberal market economy and high pressure of urban development met weak public institutions which had not yet adapted to the post-socialist and post-war order. New urban and architectural orders of varying scale bear witness to this development and are firmly rooted in the cityscape, both visually and structurally. One of the side-efffects of this to a large extent deregulated situation was the informalisation of public space. As a consequence of privatisation of municipal residential buildings, for example, many of these buildings were extended with 1 to 3 storeys.

The photographic work of Gregor Theune shows examples of this type of urban self-regulation in post-Yugoslav cities and raises questions about the urban system with all of its local actors and dependencies.

With Gregor Theunes photographs as a visual starting point, Nadogradnje brings together a pictorial approach to urban landscapes and scientific positions by international authors of various disciplinary backgrounds in order to open a wide field of discourse on the Balkan‘s informal architecture.

with texts by Martin Düchs, Monika Grubbauer, Hanna Hilbrandt, Vladimir Kulić, Sven Quadflieg and Dubravka Sekulić

2015, M Books


DAM Award

Winner “German Design Award”
Shortlist “The most beautiful German Books”
Nominated for the “German Design Award”

Nominated for the “German Design Award”
Finalist European Design Award “Certificate of Typographic Excellence”, Type Directors Club

“Red Dot Award: Communication Design”
Nominated for the “German Design Award”

Nominated as a top five finalist of German Design Award 2012 Newcomer

Nominated for the “German Design Award”

“The most beautiful German Books”
“Certificate of Typographic Excellence”, Type Directors Club

“Certificate of Typographic Excellence”, Type Directors Club

3 × “100 best Posters”