Taking inspirations from the typography of the prominent Dutch architect Hendrik Pieter Berlage (1856–1934), Donald Beekman created FF Berlage.
The design references the lettering found on the two of Berlage’s most famous buildings: the ‘Beurs van Berlage’ (Amsterdam’s Commodities Exchange) and ‘De Burcht’, the building of ANDB—the diamond cutters’ union.
With his revolutionary theories on architecture and design, Berlage was considered the ‘father of modern architecture’ in the Netherlands. Architectural movements including De Stijl and the Amsterdam School were also powerfully influenced by Hendrik Pieter Berlage.
The pro series includes a set of interconnect-able (and interlocking) forms that can be combined using OpenType features to create dynamic ligatures or nested capitals with preceding or subsequent letters.
Five weights in all with extensive language support this cleverly constructed pairing have a depth of function. To hear more of FF Berlage’s story and the architectural origins of these letterforms, read Yves Peter’s The FF Berlage Twins.