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We are very sad to hear that Herbert H. Schultes, one of the "great old men" of German design, has passed away at the age of 81.
He was not only associated with us as the designer of the iF sculpture. His fiery plea for opening up the entries for the iF DESIGN AWARD beyond the participants of the Hannover Messe, his work as chairman of the jury, his clever statements at the Starnberger Talks 2008 ("In the past we have also helped questionable things to shine, we have sometimes made them too sexy") - Herbert always retained his curiosity and humor. "During my student days, I was asked how to spell my profession, 'designer', when I was appointed to a position", he wrote in our anniversary book "50 Years of iF". He then went on to say that the title "Buon Giorno, Architetto!", which a concierge in Italy called out to him as a young designer, gave him lasting inspiration.
Herbert H. Schultes was born on 31 October 1938. After studying engineering and design in Munich and working as assistant to the chief designer at Siemens AG (1961-1967), he founded the design consultancy Schlagheck Schultes Design together with Norbert Schlagheck in 1967. In 1985 Herbert became chief designer at Siemens, until 1999 when this department was spun off and renamed designaffairs.
With Herbert H. Schultes we are losing a quarrelsome friend, a busy designer and one of the unmistakable characters of German design. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.