Eberhard Schrempf

Managing director Creative Industries Styria

Eberhard Schrempf has been developing and networking the creative potential in Styria for many years. Among the positions he has held as a cultural manager and organiser are those of executive production manager and associate director for the European Capital of Culture project Graz 2003. He was also later responsible for the successful acceptance of Graz as a UNESCO City of Design in UNESCO’S Creative City worldwide network. In addition to his many other projects and platforms, he initiated Designmonat Graz in 2009 and has been networking the regional design scene all across the globe ever since. As an expert on design and the creative economy, he is a sought-after speaker and panellist at numerous international conferences.

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Graz – City of Design: your personal Graz design highlights
Naturally, it is Designmonat Graz in May, the festival for design aficionados with more than 100 events, shows, workshops, etc. At the Design in the City programme, one can discover more than 30 stores and designers. And during the entire year, there are exciting exhibitions at the designforum Steiermark. In any case, a visit to the Murinsel by Vito Acconci is a must.

Design in your everyday life
I’m never without my glasses from Andy Wolf Eyewear and my bag from mapbagrag, because I support authentic local design products with the programme Styrian Products.

Design & handcraftsmanship. Which store in Graz combines them perfectly?
There are many of them: Lena Hoschek’s first flagship store, the hat manufacturer Kepka, the solid wood tables by Raimund Gamerith, the lovingly restored chairs from Ox & Bear, and Martina Sperl’s upholstery shop, to mention only a few.

What is your personal favourite City of Design?
Without a doubt Istanbul. There, centuries, cultures, religions, and continents collide with each other. That makes for such an incredible diversity.

A partner from another City of Design is your guest. Where do you take them to eat? What hotel do you recommend?
We’d go to eat at Santa Clara in Bürgergasse. Everything is just right there, and it’s easy to talk. For a hotel, I’d recommend Das Weitzer. It’s a real classic, with urban character in the city centre.


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