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Gastrotypographicalassemblage

By Tom Ran

Published: February 27, 2014 under Design

Lou Dorfsman standing in front of his Gastrotypographicalassemblage mural.

Photo: N/A

For decades, Lou Dorfsman’s 1966 Gastrotypographicalassemblage was seen by thousands of people who passed through the cafeteria at CBS’s headquarters in New York City. The 35 feet wide by 8.5 feet tall mural was a homage to gastronomy in the form of typographic flourishes. But then in 1989 it was dismantled, almost destroyed until Nick Fasciano, one of the original people who worked on the mural, salvaged its remains. It was stored in his basement for 23 years in disrepair until the Culinary Institute of America agreed to rescue it. The Institute acquired the piece and restored it to its original form. It has been installed on the ground floor of the Marriott Pavilion, a new building on the campus that is set to open this season. Rarely has a typographic work been so recognized and elevated to monumental status. It’s found new life and a fitting new home at the CIA. (via The Atlantic)

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Manuals 1

By Tom Ran

Published: February 11, 2014 under Design

Unit Edition's Manuals 1

Photo: Unit Editions

A logo is something that all businesses recognize they need, but the level of consideration behind them varies. Some value them more than others. During the 1960s into the early 1980’s, corporate identities were treated with utmost respect, establishing some of the most memorable marks of its time. To this day variations of the Apple and Nike logos come from that era. Unit Editions returns with its latest publication, “Manuals 1”. A comprehensive book that captures 21 examples of design and identity guidelines for some of the world’s most recognized brands. They range from Lufthansa and the 1976 Olympics to NASA and the New York City Transit Authority. “Manuals 1” is printed in Italy with the highest production standards and comes in at 432 pages. The book can be pre-ordered now at Unit Editions. Even though it’s not available yet, we’re already looking forward to “Manuals 2.”

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Friends & Family

By Tom Ran

Published: January 31, 2014 under Design

Friends & Family, a new creative agency founded by Taavo Somer

Photo: Friends & Family

Taavo Somer is many things to many people. A restaurateur, an architect, a cultural maven, a visionary. He’s capable of executing on an idea and creating an experience that takes you away to another place. Whether that be a restaurant, a sporting good store, a barber shop, and soon, a hotel, he’s constructed an atmosphere that is fiercely imitated. Many of his projects have been carried out in-house, from graphic and interior design to furniture and build out. It wasn’t until recently that an agency was formed under the Freemans empire. Friends & Family is the creative arm of the business with a full on portfolio that encompasses work for and outside of Freemans.

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FHK Henrion

By Tom Ran

Published: January 2, 2014 under Design

FHK Henrion published by Unit Editions

Photo: Unit Editions

Respect your elders. That’s what Adrian Shaughnessy is doing with his imprint, Unit Editions. The publishing house has been honoring design masters from the past since its inception. Two of the biggest names in graphic design, Wim Crouwel and Herb Lubalin were treated to a series of books on their legacy. It’s now FHK Henrion’s turn. Though not as widely known on this side of the Atlantic, the German born, British designer was a contemporary and equal to Saul Bass and Paul Rand. He was a poster artist before the war, he designed household products, interiors, jewelry, and according to Unit Editions, “the founding father of modern corporate identity in Europe.” The beautiful designed tome is reminiscent of Herb Lubalin’s edition. It comes in at a whopping 544 pages protected in a foiled slipcase. FHK Henrion is now available to purchase on Unit Editions’s website.

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Deborah Sussman

By Tom Ran

Published: December 18, 2013 under Design

Deborah Sussmans' graphics inside Standard shoes store (with Frank Gehry)

Photo: WUHO Gallery

Much like George Nelson Associates, the Eames Office had an incredible amount of talent under their guidance. Many of whom contributed tremendously to the studios without proper recognition. For the past several years the media and the arts are beginning to shine the spotlight on these individuals who played an important role in shaping American design; designers like Irving Harper and John and Marilyn Neuhart.

A contemporary of the Neuharts is being acknowledged at an exhibit in Los Angeles. It features the works of Deborah Sussman a graphic designer whose bold and colorful visuals graced many environments in Los Angeles. The exhibit covers her work with the Eames Office all the way to the 1984 Olympics. “Deborah Sussman Loves LA” is now on view at WUHO Gallery until January 19, 2014. Read an interview with Sussman to get a primer for her work if you’re not familiar already from Designboom. Thanks Alyce for the heads up.

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Peter Saville For Studio Voltaire

By Tom Ran

Published: December 17, 2013 under Design

Peter Saville designed a set of five tea towels for Studio Voltaire

Photo: Studio Voltaire

During Art Basel Miami a couple of weeks ago, London based gallery, Studio Voltaire crossed the Atlantic to set up a temporary shop. House of Voltaire was at NADA for only four days offering unique products, editions, and one of a kind art pieces with artists and designers they’ve worked with in the past. A product that caught our eye was Peter Saville’s collection of tea towels based on registration marks from food packaging. Saville’s been collecting these marks since the mid 1980s and have cleverly arranged them in abstract patterns and shapes. The collection of five towels is produced in an edition of 100 and is now available online from Studio Voltaire for £120.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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Workstead

By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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