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17 January 2017

Book Launch

We’ve just received the first copies of Revolt of the Sage, the new book we’ve designed for Blain Southern. The book acts as an extension of the exhibition of the same name, which is currently open at their gallery on Hanover Square until 21 January.

The exhibition and book both take their title from a work by Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico, painted in 1916, which depicts a crowded collection of ephemeral and everyday objects inhabiting a setting described by de Chirico as a ‘metaphysical interior’.

Revolt of the Sage explores this notion of a metaphysical interior, gathering together the work of a range of artists who use collage, juxtaposition, fragments, framing devices and layered imagery to explore ruptures in time and the alluring mysteries of the everyday. The book acts as a companion to the exhibition and also extends its ideas, including additional images of works that don’t appear in the show. The cover, right, juxtaposes a photograph of a bust of the Roman god Janus with an abstracted graphic reminiscent of mid-century book cover designs.

The book launch for Revolt of the Sage is being held tomorrow, 19 January from 7pm at Blain Southern, and will include readings from the book. The exhibition itself is open until 21 January, so if you’ve not visited yet, you’ve still got time to catch its last few days!

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9 December 2016

New Edition

The Practice of Everyday Life

We’ve launched a new edition of prints in the APFEL shop this month—a set of six typographic arrangements based on the book that inspired our studio’s name, The Practice of Everyday Life by Michel de Certeau. We selected passages from the text that particularly resonated with our own thinking, and set each in a playful typographic arrangement. The prints are presented in a screen-printed folder and are available in an edition of 40 from the APFEL Shop. Get your copy here.

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9 November 2016

Permanent Collection

We’ve been working this year with curators Mariah Nielson and Fanny Singer on the identity and packaging for Permanent Collection, their new line of women’s clothing, accessories and objects. Permanent Collection is inspired by the approach to acquisition taken by museums of international renown, and presents a range of elegant, minimal and versatile products based on historical designs.

Alongside their first collections, Mariah and Fanny have also produced a printed art journal called Works on Paper, which we designed. It offers them the opportunity to commission writing and criticism on the subject of both art and design—for this first issue, they asked contributors to consider the theme of collecting and collections.

Permanent Collection is holding a special launch this weekend at Spree in Paris. Coincidentally, the venue’s beautiful Le Corbusier facade bears more than a passing resemblance to the debossed type on the cover of Works on Paper issue 1!

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26 October 2016

The Happy Hypocrite 9

The latest issue of The Happy Hypocrite, #ACCUMULATOR_PLUS, launches next month with a special performance and broadcast by guest editor Hannah Sawtell and producer Jlin.

This issue of the journal explores the interplay between writing, reading and sound. The recurring Archive feature focuses this time on the work of Colin Faver, a pioneering acid house DJ, live music promoter and graphic designer who helped shape the UK techno scene. The cover design we created is adapted from a flyer from Faver’s Shoom Club night in Southwark, shown here.

The launch event, commissioned by publisher Book Works, will take the form of an aural transmission of #ACCUMULATOR_PLUS and feature sound samples by other contributors to The Happy Hypocrite. It will be held at 32 Ormside Street, London, on 10 November 2016—for more information and tickets, click here.

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21 September 2016

Abstract Expressionism exhibition at the Royal Academy

Opening this week at the Royal Academy in London, Abstract Expressionism is the first major survey since 1959 of this dynamic period in American Art.

We designed the exhibition, working with architects Carmody Groarke. The interpretation texts and captions display a quiet simplicity, with type set in a geometric German sans serif, and captions printed onto heavily textured Japanese Takeo card stock.

Incorporating works by Pollock, Rothko, Still, de Kooning, Newman, Kline, Smith, Guston and Gorky, the exhibition takes over the galleries of the Royal Academy, and celebrates the movement’s scale, vitality and impact. Alongside painting, the exhibition also includes photography and sculpture, and acknowledges the lesser-known figures who contributed to the development of the movement.

Abstract Expressionism opens to the public on 24 September 2016 and runs until 2 January 2017. For visitor information, click here.

The exhibition has received five-star reviews from both the Times and the Telegraph.

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