Location: Kreuzberg, Berlin.
Duration: Stahl R was founded two years ago.
Staff: We are creative directors Tobias Röttger and Susanne Stahl, plus marketing director René Natzel. We work with a fixed pool of freelancers.
Education: Tobias Röttger received a degree in visual communication from the University of Applied Sciences Mainz (Diploma), and spent one semester abroad at Swinburne University in Melbourne. For eight years he worked as a designer and art director for HORT in Frankfurt and Berlin. Susanne Stahl graduated with an MA in visual communication from Royal College of Art in London. She also has a diploma in integrated design and studied abroad at the Institute of Technology in Bangkok.
Cultural influences: Range from the Swiss grid to Dutch playfulness and German seriousness.
Artistic influences: Max Bill, Jan Tschichold, Bruno Munari and Karel Martens.
First big break: The complete rebranding of Mazine, a brand of German streetwear.
Work environment: An 1,200-square-foot loft on the fourth floor of a historic building, right in the center of multicultural Kreuzberg.
Philosophy: Playfully serious and seriously playful.