Powerful Posters

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Paul Rand’s iconic, genius-in-its-simplicity poster for IBM (above) is one of the many great designs of the last 50 years, collected by Graphic Design magazine. Some are immediately familiar – Milton Glaser’s psychedelic Bob Dylan poster, and Shepard Fairey’s Hope poster for the Obama 2008 campaign. Seymour Chast’s humorously powerful Vietnam Antiwar Poster (End Bad Breath) is also included, along with Steff Geissbuhler’s fantastic Alvin Ailey dancer font.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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Holidays can bring such a recharging of the spirit, especially if one gets to journey to far away places. And while books can illuminate and enrich our experiences, (like Italofile designer Louise Fili who takes us along with her on eight walks through Florence) Fall grounds us, and our reading list becomes crowded with tomes to bring far away lands here. These new releases are a great inspiration, armchair travel to tide us over until we hit the road again. 

A contemporary portrait of Paris from Les Deux Magots to a Bastille Day parade is offered by shutterbug Nicolas Guilbert. Considered the Axel Vervoordt of Asia for his masterful use of ancient elements and materials renowned Thai architect Ong-Ard Satrabhandhu’s residential Lanna architecture is characterized by the concept “discovery, not invention.” Instead of visiting the souk, we might be consoled by some new tea cups while co-authors Andreas von Einsiedel and Julia Leeb take us inside some of Morocco’s most beautiful and stylish homes. And acclaimed Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson brings us 700 historic recipes to feed our soul from Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

 

See your designs in NODE

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If you’ve ever dreamed about seeing your designs realized as a hand woven rug, the NODE project by illustrator Chris Haughton with entrepreneur Akshay Sthapit will be of interest. A non-profit, fair trade business the rugs are produced at the Kumbeshwar Technical School in Nepal which trains disadvantaged adults. While many well known designers such as Donna Wilson and Geoff McFetridge were commissioned by NODE and exhibited in the Design Museum in London in 2012 (with rugs still for sale in the shop), NODE facilitates the production of their beautiful woven pieces for any designer.

 

Piero Fornasetti: Practical Madness

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Painter, printer, film director, interior decorator and sculptor — Milanese artist and designer Piero Fornasetti’s prolific talent is currently on full display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The retrospective, which features over 1000 objects curated by his son Barnaba Fornasetti, features his prodigious output of artwork and applied arts including furniture, coasters, screens, umbrella stands, trays, cabinets, chairs and china. With the architect Gio Ponti, Fornasetti designed complete interiors for homes, ocean liners, casinos, and also designed several covers of Domus. With a whimsical, surrealist and poetic style he described himself as ‘a stickler for detail who loves uncertainty.’

 

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Sunshine, white sand, gentle breezes. Yes, we are taking a mini break from a busy summer +getting ready for a Spectacular Autumn. 'Til then!

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