Studio Frauke Stegmann is a graphic design practice that uses, among other, DIY models (low-tech production methods extending to any material choice) and the handmade to produce graphic design as "haute couture".

The studio coordinates continuous research by, for example, using sites (objects, places, memory, people, the body, experiences) as opportunities for intervention to communicate an alternative (or additional) version of the tactile experience.

“I was impressed with Frauke Stegmann’s work, especially its significant understanding of material and context. She appreciates how the values and codes inherent in materials can be used to communicate effectively and with great economy. Her choice of ‘found’ resources - transposed from their original context and creatively repositioned - displays innovation with a remarkable and contemporary lightness of touch... She represents a new kind of Graphic Designer. The way she works is much closer to the sensibility of fashion: it's not about type, it's nothing you could do on a computer...Some areas of design are more subliminal and sensitive...You have to feel the values you're trying to communicate and this is beyond a lot of people. Frauke touches the codes - she has a remarkable ability with materials, is sensitive to mood..." (Peter Saville)

A Royal College of Art Graduate, nominated among other, by Creative Review UK as “10 Women to Watch”, “Future of Fashion”, shortlisted for the British Arts Foundation Award for Design, included in the Phaidon 100 Graphic Designers list, the I.D. 40 global designers list and D&AD (British Art Direction & Design) new generation of Graphic Designers list.

Studio contact for commissions, collaborations, workshops, teaching, internships: fraukeatineedtimetothinkaboutwildlifedotorg


Library Within A Library, Ex-Migrant Workers' Kitchen is a library housed within the library of the ex-migrant workers’ KITCHEN from the Apartheid era––now transformed into an art school––in Katutura (Windhoek), Namibia – the College of the Arts.

The meta library will embody a small curated shelf designed by Martino Gamper and made by traditional wood artisan, Domingo Rupare.

Ex libris contributors who will make a difference in the world of art and design students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds in Namibia through books: Peter Saville, Alice Rawsthorn, Michael Marriott, Åbäke/Kajsa Stahl, Åbäke/Patrick Lacey, Experimental Jetset, Stefan Sagmeister, Julie Verhoeven, Diagonal Press/Tauba Auerbach, Scott King, Fraser Muggeridge, Sara de Bondt, Nina Persson, Ravi Naidoo, Hort/Eike König, Penny Martin, Most Beautiful Swiss Books/Nicole Udry, Langlands&Bell, Claire Catterall, Scott Willimas&Hendrik Kubel, Mia Frostner, Stephen Barrett, Studio Moniker, Nicolas Barba, Prof Judith Hall, Dr Martin Gruber, Dr Aurelie Zanier, Practice/James Goggin, Occasional Papers, Cornel Windlin, Shumon Basar, A Practice for Everyday Life, Sean Murphy, Nicole Wermers, Anne Hardy, Mark Owens, Daisy Ginsberg

©Frauke Stegmann ©Club 2000, Disco of our Youth

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Sixty years ago, located in what is now the city centre of Windhoek (Namibia), the water from a natural mountain hot-spring trickled down and gathered in a luxuriant marshland – stories from the 1940s still witness the nocturnal call of a thousand frogs. In the 1960s, the spring that fed the marshland was closed by the Apartheid administration due to urban development, and consequently the swamp dried out along with all the biodiversity – leaving behind a dry, dusty, hot sandpan which today is used as a taxi rank.

The plaque remembers the vanished swamp and all the biodiversity lost when the natural water source feeding it was closed – since then, earth has lost at least seventy percent of all its fauna and flora.

During the day, the colour of the ex-swamp site glitters in a dry beige (glitter due to the mica stone in the area) – at sunset, everything is covered in a golden glow – the brass material of the plaque tries to capture that.

©Frauke Stegmann ©Club 2000, Disco of our Youth

Thinking of Bricklane X I need time to think about wildlife

I found the book, on which this publication is based,

in Bricklane in London in the early 2000s ––

redrawn from the original ‘Woodland and Hill Birds – Eggs and Nests’, published in 1974 by OCTAPUS – since then, at least 80% of earth species

have vanished

Published, re-edited and redrawn by

©Frauke Stegmann ©Club 2000, Disco of our Youth

(Re-illustrations © the author)


Printed by John Meinert Printing, Windhoek

––To my dad, Helmut Stegmann, who set the type of many books printed by John Meinert Printing from 1957


Some objects created under the auspices of Domestic Desire are available, please email me for orders (porcelain replicas).

©Frauke Stegmann ©Club 2000, Disco of our Youth

Next pages of The Country Feels Lonely Without You, p. 33 - _ _

Published by

©Frauke Stegmann, the authors ©Club 2000, Disco of our Youth 2022

Printed by John Meinert Printing, Windhoek

––To my dad, Helmut Stegmann, who set the type of many books printed by John Meinert Printing from 1957


Demand for these A0 screen prints remains big, please email me for orders.