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7 August 2019

Windermere Jetty is open

Windermere Jetty is a new museum for the Lake District, housing an internationally significant collection of boats; its copper-clad buildings are some of the first to be built on the shores of Windermere in more than fifty years. The museum, which was designed by architects Carmody Groarke, opened to the public this spring; we’ve been working on the project since 2014, so it’s exciting to see it up and running.

Our identity, signage and wayfinding establishes a cohesive visual language for the lakeside site, including a bespoke steel signage system. We also developed a comprehensive palette of pictograms to communicate with an international audience of visitors. The design of the museum’s distinctive copper-clad buildings was informed by the vernacular architecture of the working countryside.

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26 June 2019

New projects on our website

We have just updated our website with a range of new projects and are excited to share what we’ve been working on this year so far. Among them are the exhibition Lee Krasner: Living Colour, which opened at the Barbican Art Gallery earlier this month, and the identity design for two pavilions at La Biennale di Venezia: Eva Rothschild at the Pavilion of Ireland, and Leonor Antunes at the Pavilion of Portugal.

We have also been working on the design of several books this year, for publishers including Sternberg Press, Book Works, Blain|Southern, Marian Goodman Gallery and Tate Publishing. Titles include Sharks, Death, Surfers by Melissa McCarthy, Art and (Bare) Life by Josephine Berry, Deliquescing by Steve Bishop, Heavens and the Earth by Bosco Sodi, Ornament and Crime, The Tempest Society by Bouchra Khalili, Photography, a Wonderfully Inadequate Medium, and Van Gogh and Britain.

We’ve also completed work on an identity for Traklap Foundation, and exhibition design for David Adjaye: Making Memory, at the Design Museum until 4 August 2019.

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21 May 2019

D&AD Awards 2019: Two APFEL projects shortlisted

The D&AD Awards Shortlist for 2019 has just been announced, and we’re delighted to learn that two of our projects are in the running for an award this year. Lateral Cooking by Niki Segnit, published by Bloomsbury, is shortlisted in the Book Design category, and Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life, published by David Zwirner Books, is shortlisted in the Cover Design category, both within the Culture, Art & Design Books section.

The winners will be announced this Thursday 23 May – we can’t wait to find out whether we’ll have another couple of pencils to add to the APFEL bookshelf!

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14 May 2019

Design for two pavilions at La Biennale di Venezia 2019

We visited Venice last week for the Vernissage of the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. APFEL has designed the identities for two pavilions this year: ‘a seam, a surface, a hinge, or a knot’ by Leonor Antunes at the Portuguese Pavilion, and ‘The Shrinking Universe’ by Eva Rothschild at the Irish Pavilion. Our work encompassed visual identities, printed items, digital assets and publications for each pavilion.

We worked closely with Antunes and Rothschild to develop a graphic language for each pavilion which evolves from the installations they have created within. APFEL has previously collaborated with both artists on the design of publications, and we have really enjoyed continuing these working relationships. It was exciting to see both beautiful exhibitions in situ, and to enjoy the vibrant energy of Venice in the Biennale’s opening week; this year’s International Exhibition is curated under the title ‘May You Live In Interesting Times’, and runs until November.

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13 March 2019

Photography, A Wonderfully Inadequate Medium

A new exhibition of the work of Allan Sekula, curated by Marie Muracciole, opens tonight at Marian Goodman Gallery in London. ‘Photography, A Wonderfully Inadequate Medium’ presents a selection of works by the late American artist, whose practice engaged with processes of economic and social change during his lifetime. Sekula was inspired by critical Marxist theory, and his work recorded elements of the evolution of global capitalism.

We designed a small publication to accompany the show, featuring texts by Muracciole and others. These writings uphold Sekula’s own argument that when presented in isolation, the photographic image is radically insufficient as a mode of communication. The booklet explores the relationship between the visual and the written—a central concern within Sekula’s practice.

The exhibition is open until 18 May 2019, where copies of the booklet will be available.

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