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28 August 2018

APFEL is fifteen!

A Practice for Everyday Life turns fifteen this year. To mark our birthday we will be delving into the studio’s archive, and sharing stories from several pivotal projects we’ve worked on since APFEL began back in 2003.

We will be exploring the different thought processes, ideas, methodologies and questions that we have explored within our work, and looking ahead to what’s yet to come for the studio.

Keep an eye out on our Instagram feed over the coming weeks as we reflect on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going next…

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17 July 2018

New projects on our website

We’ve just updated our website with a selection of new projects. It’s been a busy few months and we are excited to share what we’ve been working on.

New projects include identities for Kettle’s Yard, Stephen Friedman Gallery, Midgramme, Rees & Co, Llewelyn’s, Kunsthalle for Music and Asia Art Archive.

We’ve also been working on exhibitions for Barbican, Kettle’s Yard and Royal Academy of Art; publications for Whitechapel Gallery, Waddington Custot, Bloomsbury, Artangel, Universal Design Studio, Tower Block Books, Erratica, Faye Toogood and Sternberg Press; and books created with artists including David Noonan, Leonor Antunes, Oscar Murillo and Magali Reus.

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11 July 2018

Hot Cottons / As mist description

We recently designed a publication for the artist Magali Reus, Hot Cottons / As mist description, to accompany her excellent recent solo exhibition at South London Gallery. The book takes certain formal and conceptual qualities within Reus’ work as a starting point for its design, utilising a range of paper stocks, die-cut details and printed inserts. You can read more about the book, and the thought process behind its design, on It’s Nice That here.

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25 April 2018

Periferia by Andrés Sandoval

Tower Block Books’ latest publication, Periferia by Andrés Sandoval, is an artwork disguised as a book. Its yellow cover contains a concertina-folded, rubber stamped scene by the São Paolo-based graphic artist, in which the rhythms and patterns of the city are recreated through repetitive motifs of buildings, people, automobiles and abstract forms. Together, they tell a wordless story based on São Paolo itself.

As Sandoval explains, “We associate stamps with a mechanical gesture that can be repeated endless times. But stamps are also characterised by their somewhat imperfect and incidental nature. In this book, what is hard and industrial in the city has been represented through the misalignments, overlaps and multiplications afforded by hand-carved blocks.”

We were commissioned to work with Sandoval to develop this artist book. Enjoying the parallels between rubber stamping and the process of movable type printing, we decided to celebrate this in creating a bespoke stamped typeface for the cover. The textural imperfections of the hand-stamping process add character and a hand-rendered sensibility to the cover of the book.

Periferia will be published by Tower Block Books, an independent small-press publisher of picture books about places, later this year. You can pre-order a copy now on their website.

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3 April 2018

The frisson of the togetherness

If you have yet to see Leonor Antunes’ site-specific commission at the Whitechapel Gallery, now is the time to pay a visit, as the exhibition is in its final week. The installation, titled ‘The frisson of the togetherness’, combines layered structures constructed from leather, rope, wire, wood, glass and linoleum, incorporating references to overlooked female figures in the history of Modernism and to the gallery’s seminal 1956 exhibition ‘This Is Tomorrow’.

We designed a publication to accompany the commission, which continues Antunes’ thematic exploration of layered references within its design, featuring installation photography, reference materials, loose-leaf inserts behind a clear archival slipcover, and 1:1 reproductions from her previous publications. The exhibition runs until 8 April at the Whitechapel Gallery, and the book is available now.

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