George Nakashima Woodworkers
Bespoke objects establish a rare connectivity between client and maker, yet communicating expectations can be difficult when each piece is individual. The continuation of long-lasting family businesses can also pose specific challenges in establishing a uniquely generational voice. George Nakashima Woodworkers utilizes tried-and-true creative processes in its authentic and contemporary furniture pieces, each one singular and made-to-order. The company’s ethos is split equally between the twin poles of namesake and tradition, all built on a sturdy foundation of homespun legacy and heirloom skill transfer. Guided by the steadfast hand of the late George’s daughter Mira since the early 1990s, Nakashima Woodworkers required an updated approach as hand-made as their unmistakable pieces. Working together our approach focused on patience and precision – much like the creation of a Nakashima original.
Woong Chul An
Contitipo Color, Florence
33rd MCB Design Awards
Museu da Casa Brasileira
For over 30 years, the Museu da Casa Brasileira’s Design Awards have recognized Brazil’s top design objects across a full scope of categories including appliances, textiles, transportation, furniture and academic research and design publications. Each year the annual awards cycle kicks off with an announcement poster selected by competition and culminates in an exhibition in the Museum’s galleries.
Pandemic at the Disco
History in the Making
For the 27th edition of one North America’s longest running student-driven history conferences at Concordia University in Montréal, we took inspiration from the event’s titular epochs of disco and pandemic. Paying tribute to the lyrics of disco diva Sylvester (himself one of the towering creative figures tragically lost to the HIV/AIDS crisis) and the text-driven protest posters of ACT UP’s Montréal chapter, this series extended across digital print postering runs, silkscreened mementos for keynotes and panelists, a fully coded website featuring a Sylvester playlist and motion graphics for online promotion.
The arrival of Covid-19 caused an immediate sea change in the way we work. Shared spaces, office airflow and other previously unseen dangers to fellow co-workers left offices dark. To address these unexpected shifts into isolation and the home office, our presentation Thriving Workplace was pieced together in close collaboration with Knoll's research teams, albeit with complete design freedom. Meet us at the virtual water cooler and we’ll talk you through it.
Shapes From Out of Nowhere
Shapes From Out of Nowhere pays tribute to the extensive cluster of experimental ceramics donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Robert A. Ellison Jr., celebrated with a spirited exhibition in 2021. Featuring works of over 50 boundary-pushing ceramicists including George Ohr, Axel Salto, Katherine Choy and Peter Voulkos, this catalog’s playful arrangements are directly inspired by the artworks themselves.
Mercedes Benz’s Safe Spaces pride campaign was built around the four key ideas of Language, Visibility, Respect and Advocacy, creating safer spaces both “on the road, and off.” Partnered with the non-profit LGBTQIA+ sporting organization Athlete Ally, Safe Spaces also shines a spotlight on trans, non-binary pro-skater Leo Baker, sharing their story of acceptance, authenticity and allyship. More than Pride Month rainbow washing, Safe Spaces put marketing into beneficial, tangible action for the community. #pridecampaign #consulting #concepting
Ways of Showing: The Exhibition Architecture of Lina Bo Bardi
Museu da Casa Brasileira
Lina Bo Bardi’s modernist architecture transforms any landscape it rests on, its bold angles and vibrant swaths of color demonstrating a unique exploratory exuberance. Yet her parallel history as an exhibition designer and curator in which her groundbreaking creativity was just as evident was up to this point unknown.
Exhibition design & Creative Direction
Ana Santiago, Giancarlo Latorraca
Research & Design
Nuno de Brito Rocha
Masp, IMS, Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi
Renato Parada (MCB)
3 Scores & the People’s Mic Khutba
A Future Collective
Produced for the 16th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition in 2018 in collaboration with the A Future Collective and the Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities, 3 Scores & the People’s Mic Khutba translates a non-hierarchical Islamic sacred service text into Urdu, Arabic, English and Italian atop radiant background imagery. The book’s multilingual presentation calls for multinational understanding, and was acquired into the collections of the British Library in 2019.
A majority of print-to-digital transitions have been less than smooth, both for publications and their readership, with what works on the magazine page proving difficult to translate online. After 14+ years of print publication came to an end in December 2016, the Complex network moved over to a fully digital presentation focusing on driving traffic to their website and social channels. Through thorough research of target audiences and the inherent complexities of navigating this switch to YouTube and Instagram, Complex reconsidered and reformatted their digital identity with a series of new approaches that not only enriched engagement, but also increased overall viewership. Step by step (ooh baby), here’s how we did it.
Jean Gillon: Artist & Designer
Galeria Passado Composto
Given the scope and size of Jean Gillon: Artista-Designer, additional exhibition design and outfitting of the Galeria Passado Composto spaces was required on quick turnaround. Gillon’s mid-century artworks and furniture were integrated into small compartmented zones, and an extensive timeline was created to contextualize his productivity across various mediums.
Exhibition design / Creative direction
Ana Santiago, Giancarlo Latorraca
Graça Bueno, Giancarlo Latorraca
Graça Bueno, Equipe Passado Composto Séc. XX
Printer, vinyl installation
This show was a development of the homonymous book published by Editora Olhares
Jean Gillon: Artist & Designer
Museu da Casa Brasileira
For this show held at Museu da Casa Brasileira, we inverted the common sense logics of object on a base / visitor on the ground we see on most exhibitions. Instead, we created a sort of wood carpet, that guides the visitor through the shows, creating spaces and a trajectory for the visitor to walk on. The colors were picked from the prolific tapestry work by Jean Gillon.
Ronnie Sassoon’s unparalleled art collection takes pride of place in Selection, showcased in her trio of celebrated living spaces: a home in Litchfield by Marcel Breur, another in Los Angeles by Richard Neutra and her Soho Loft in NYC laid out by its former long-term tenant Jack Ceglic. Loose snapshots of Sassoon’s homes contrast architecture with art, showcasing her noted collections of works and design objects from the Italian Arte Povera and Groupe Zero schools.
Remnants of the Atlantic Forest
Over 85% of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest has been devastated by human activity and Remnants of the Atlantic Forest collects memories of the forest as it once was alongside traces of what little remains. Through exploratory typography, distinctive layout and sharp photographic art direction, this book distills Cardim’s extensive research into a single, striking volume.
BFA Photography 2022 Catalog
Working closely with a committee of classmates from the 2022 undergrad cohort, we constructed their annual catalog opting for a visually enticing mix as opposed to an indexical grouping of works. Both the book and the ever-changing accompanying website—never appearing the same way twice—expressively heighten and reinforce the true collectivity and collaborative spirit of the class of ‘22. And you wanted a twist? The typeface—introducing Lampen!— was created in-house uniquely for this project. 💅
Wandering Bear Coffee
Identity & Packaging
The identity and typeface for Wandering Bear Coffee were developed over a period of several years, adapting and changing as the brand expanded from the owners’ small NYC apartments to a trending beverage in the fridges of Whole Foods and offices across America. And while the cases are no longer individually hand-stamped, Wandering Bear has never lost its artisanal aesthetic through each collaborative upgrade.
Open spaces and concise functionality are the hallmarks of Canoa Arquitetura, the partnership of architects Mario Moura and Victor Gurgel. Taking their name from the canoe, a true example of keen functionality, the group’s identity system required a similar approach. Floating upon the suggestion of invisible waves, Canoa’s branding is as sharp and minimalist as their constructions.
Fort Street Studio
Through a long-lasting artistic collaboration after our own hearts, artists Brad Davis and Janis Provisor’s Fort Street Studio has brought the ancient practice of Chinese carpet weaving to an international audience. A Tale of Warp and Weft chronicles their joint discoveries and explorations throughout a shared career, craftily designed in parallel to the act of weaving itself. Hardcover editions also include a cloth fabric spine featuring a sample of their work.
Eye-catching cover graphics are an Editora Todavia standard, and that challenge was accepted for both Argentinian author Maria Gainza’s O nervo óptico and the Portuguese translation of Analise Chen’s So Many Olympic Exertions. For the former, empty frames prompt the imaginative participation of the reader, while the latter’s vivid imagery freezes an athletic leap mid-air. (Side-note: the swimmer is Ana!)
The identity package for American Backwards’ plant-based take on fast food required both a critical lens on the typical McDining Experience and a sense of bratty fun in presenting the alternative. Disruptive yet whimsical, our z-to-a approach encompassed signage, packaging, promotional materials, websites and merch in which nothing regarding the American ideal was sacred – not even Rockwell.
The Philadelphia-based Fitler Club’s 135,000 square-foot campus also functions as one of the city’s most forward-looking contemporary arts gallery spaces. To celebrate the Fitler Foundation’s two initial two-year artistic residency cohorts, Artists in Residence at Fitler Club 2019-2023 lets both the space and the work do the talking. Functioning as both commemoration and advertising, this piece communicates simultaneous messages of exclusivity and outreach.
Isaac J. Bader
Signage plays a role in author and illustrator Isaac J. Bader’s Elsewhere Bear, guiding towards the creation of an exclusive typeface for use throughout the book and its supporting materials. Bader’s illustrations inspire wonder and exploration in readers young and old, and the book’s breezy, open layout presents them in unhindered widescreen.
Grains of Salt
The collaborative team at Grains of Salt have created a multifaceted hub of innovation that ranges across architectural design, promoting voter turnout and the operation of a permaculture farm and creative space in Hillsboro, Oregon. Made up of individual freely-appearing letters forming a greater whole, this logo both contemplates and compliments their forward-thinking work.
Smorgasburg’s weekly gourmet pop-up markets in New York City, Los Angeles and Jersey City and their annual spin-off events in Osaka and São Paulo have been called no less than “the Woodstock of Eating.” The following pieces are drawn from a multi-year cornucopia of works encapsulating signage and wayfinding, textile, digital, print and on-the-fly activations with major stakeholders including AirBNB, Google, National Geographic, British Airways, REI, Showtime, Kirin Beer and others.