Posts tagged with ‘typography’
The streets of Milan, in Miami
In just over a week our ‘Milan l’è un gran Milan’ will surely qualify for the best travelled designer jigsaw puzzle ever, thanks to the opening of the Wallpaper* Handmade best-of-show exhibition in Miami.
This cousin of our London’s Kerning typographic map was originally commissioned by Wallpaper* for their Handmade exhibition in Milan. Since then it’s been chosen as one of the best exhibits from the last 5 years of Handmade, and has therefore been displayed with some big names (Karl Lagerfeld, Konstantin Grcic, Poltrona Frau, Naoto Fukasawa, Brioni, Michael Anastassiades, the late David Collins, Peter Saville, Barber Osgerby, Hervé Van der Straeten, Johanna Grawunder) in the windows at Harrods. Now the map and puzzle are off to Miami to form part of Design Miami. If you are in the area, pop in and let us know how it looks!
It turns out we were woefully naive regarding the logistics of transporting a 810mm x 570mm jigsaw puzzle – fully constructed – last time we moved it. The result was a frantic afternoon crammed into the corner window at Harrods reconstructing it in situ. So this time, in preparation for a trans-Atlantic flight, we’ve secured the pieces together in small sections. Of course, if we’d been cleverer we would have offered to assemble it in person (in Miami)! If you’d like a copy of the Milan or London poster for Christmas, visit our shop.
This morning I received an email from The Culinary Institute of America, who had seen my post on the above ‘Gastrotypographicalassemblage’, to say that the restoration of this 1960s typographic mural was in the home stretch and that it will have a new home at The CIA from March 2014.
The huge mural was designed in the 60s by Creative Director, Lou Dorfsman (pictured), for the CBS staff cafeteria in New York. The work measures more than 33 feet wide and 8 feet tall, and consists of more than 1,650 individual letters spelling out culinary terminology and expressions. Among the 255 words there are also 65 food-related objects.
It remain on display from 1966 but when the building was restored in 1989 it was removed and left without a home. It was eventually saved from the landfill by designer Nick Fasciano and Lou Dorfsman, who stored it for more than two decades.
Following an extensive restoration it will now be located in the CIA’s new 800-seat theatre and conference center. I’m looking forward to seeing it.