With Easter weekend approaching yet again, we’ve collated another six publications to add to the Wallpaper* library. This time round we’re exploring everything from 20th century graphic design in Poland to Dutch design bureau TD, while finding repose in the wonders of contemporary glass works in Handle with Care. Elsewhere, we travel with artists on their photographic expeditions and delve into the complementary oeuvres of Francisco Kripacz and Arthur Erickson. Tempted? Crack on in...Photography: Sabina Willis
TD 63-73: Total Design and its pioneering role in graphic design
By Ben Bos
This handsome slip-cased volume celebrates the work and achievements of Dutch design bureau TD – Total Design – founded in 1963 and still going strong. Updated and enhanced from the original 2011 monograph to celebrate the company’s recent 50th anniversary, it’s been written by the studio’s Ben Bos and is published – with unerring technical precision – by United Editions. The modern design industry is still very much entranced by the pioneering spirit of the 1960s and 70s, when corporate identity work was rubbing up against raw commercialism, the vibrancy of pop culture and a seemingly endless array of eager clients. Wim Crouwel, Benno Wissing and Friso Kramer set up TD in Amsterdam with Paul and Dick Schwarz, pitching themselves as a full service agency that could bring colourful, geometric and contemporary clarity to almost any industry.
Published by United Editions, £65Writer: Jonathan Bell. Photography: Sabina Willis
From the book: Wim Crouwel’s groundbreaking work for Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum in the 1960s represented a benchmark in design for cultural institutions globally
Ben Bos’s corporate slogans for food chain deGruyter in the 1970s resulted in the sudden appearance of an eye-catching new look on the roads of The Netherlands
The small Amsterdam printing firm Van de Geer commissioned Wim Crouwel to design their wall calendars. The team used this opportunity to engage in playful and inspired typographic experimentation
Objects: handle with care
Edited by Antonia Henschel
Part of an ongoing series exploring new design dedicated to specific materials, Handle with Care dives into the world of contemporary glass, ceramic and porcelain, a triumvirate of materials that have undergone major reinvention through technological innovations and the fresh eyes of a new generation of designers. Many of these pieces exist at the intersection of art and function, combining materials, colours and forms to create sculptural, otherworldly pieces. Featured designers include the Bouroullec Brothers, Pia Wüstenberg, Hella Jongerius and Omer Arbel.
Published by Trademark, €28Writer: Jonathan Bell. Photography: Sabina Willis
From the book: across the featured pieces, transparency is as much an overarching theme as the convergence of organic shapes and sharp lines. Pictured: a handblown, opaline glasswork, by Mathias Hahn, from 2013
Faye Toogood’s ’Element’ table, made from clear crystal resin in 2011. Courtesy Gallery Fumi
’Man Machine’, by Konstantin Grcic for Galerie Kreo, 2014. The collection was created from float glass, with a pneumatic piston and silicone. Photography: Fabrice Gousset. Courtesy Galerie Kreo
Utopia & Utility’s glass lights, designed by Pia Wüstenberg and made from glass and processed paper in 2012
The Sense of Movement: when artists travel
By Thomas Girst
Thomas Girst has a broad portfolio. Not only does he head up cultural engagement at BMW, but he’s a widely published author and art expert, with Marcel Duchamp as a particular speciality. Broadly speaking, his new book, The Sense of Movement, is a digest of artistic exploration and the visual results that arise from taking oneself into new, unfamiliar territories. It also dovetails nicely with a new BMW-driven initiative, BMW Art Journey, launched in collaboration with Art Basel and designed to give artists the opportunity to make ‘journeys of creative discovery.’
Published by Hatje Cantz, €29.80Writer: Jonathan Bell. Photography: Sabina Willis
From the book: featured in the section about experimental journeys dubbed ’Exploration’ is this image, Die Pyramiden von Gizeh, Agypten (The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt), 1904. It was shot by Eduard Spelterini, one of the world’s first hot-air balloonists and a pioneer of aerial photography
Featured in the ’Ordeal’ section of the book, Death Valley Run by Simon Starling, 1967, shows Chris Burden’s test of will and endurance when he crossed Death Valley on a motorised bike in seven hours
The artistic journey comes to and end with a section titled ’Decelaration’, which is characterised by a sense of calmness. Pictured: Meditation Boat, by Ann Hamilton, 2005–09
Form + Technique SeriesGenerative Design, by Asterios Agkathidis; Deployable Structures, by Esther Rivas Adrover; and Air Structures, by Will McLean and Pete Silver
These pocket-size primers are essentially field guides to the contemporary state of high-tech architecture, a genre that has been all but subsumed into the mainstream and diluted by its ubiquity – especially in commercial design. These new books look afresh at aspects of architecture’s relationship with technology, encompassing not just technique and method – Generative Design – but also new methods of construction (and deconstruction) that suit themselves well to our pop-up obsessed age.
Published by Laurence King, £9.95 eachWriter: Jonathan Bell. Photography: Sabina Willis
From Air Structures: featured in the ’Air Movement’ section of the book is the ’The Ballule’ (a kind of proto-zorb, pictured here tumbling down waterfalls and mountain sides). Created by Gilles Ebersolt in the 1970s, it was inspired by the work of a group of Dutch plastic artists
From Generative Design: the ’Faceted Loft’ project by Yunxia Dai applied origami folding techniques to ordinary, rectangular profiles
From Deployable Structures: Adam Kalkin’s ’Push Button House 1’ comprises a shipping container that opens at the touch of a button, to reveal a fully-functional, elegant living area
By Arthur Erickson
More of a memoir than a conventional monograph, this books charts the personal and professional relationship between the interior designer Francisco Kripacz and the late Arthur Erickson, perhaps Canada’s most eminent contemporary architect. Partners in life as well as work, Kripacz brought a previously unseen flamboyance to Erickson’s oeuvre, a starry quality that was reflected in the company the couple kept and the refined glitz of their collaborative interiors. Taken singly, Erickson’s buildings have a tough, brutalist quality, but they were softened by Kripacz’s deco-esque stylings and love of bold materials. Recent biographies suggest that the partnership was ultimately detrimental to Erickson’s legacy, not to mention his finances, and the stylings and shapes on display here are certainly very much of their time.
Published by Figure.1 Publishing, $50Writer: Jonathan Bell. Photography: Sabina Willis
From the book: the first Eppich House for Helmut and Hildegard Eppich, built in West Vancouver, Canada, 1972. The project was Erickson’s first concrete house. Photography: Dick Busher, 1979
The second Eppich House, which was built in 1979, gave Kripacz the chance to harness the full reach of his talents. Photography: Roger Brooks
The Bagley Wright House in Seattle, Washington was built in 1979. Pictured is the bathroom that was designed around distinctive artwork. Photography: Tim Hursley
VeryGraphic: Polish Designers of the 20th Century
Edited by Jacek Mrowczyk
For much of the 20th century, Polish graphic design was cloaked from view by the Iron Curtain; yet the country’s most talented practitioners had an influence that spread far beyond its borders. VeryGraphic surveys the entire century, breaking down some 64 designers into groupings that roughly coincide with the various stages of Poland’s tumultuous social and political upheaval. Throughout everything, a bold aesthetic sense prevailed. Many of these designs are in the service of politics, imbuing them with a seriousness that gives even the most frivolous work with a sense of urgency – all the way through to Andrzej Klimowski’s instantly recongisable collages.
Published by Culture.pl, $45Writer: Jonathan Bell. Photography: Sabina Willis
From the book: each chapter explores the oeuvue of certain prominent designers. Julian Palka’s section includes his Auschwitz-Birkenau poster, 1967 (bottom-left) and book Polish Applied Arts on the 25th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of Poland (centre-right). Courtesy Poster Museum in Wilanow
The cover of Grafika monthly, No. 2, 1939, by prominent avant-garde Polish designer Henry Stazewski. Courtesy Ryszard Cichy
In the section on Andrzej Krajewski’s work, his psychedelic posters from the 1970s are revealed. Pictured right: Duel in the Wind, a poster for Centrala Wynajmu Filmow CWF, 1973. Courtesy Poster Gallery of Piotr Dabrowski
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