30 January 2019

New Project: Eva Rothschild and Ireland at Venice 2019

Eva Rothschild has been chosen to represent Ireland at the 58th International Art Exhibition in Venice this year, and we are excited to announce that APFEL has been appointed as the graphic designer for Ireland at Venice 2019.

We designed a monograph for Rothschild in 2010, and are looking forward to working with her again this year together with Mary Cremin, Director of Void Gallery in Derry, who is Commissioner and Curator of Ireland at Venice 2019.

Our work on the project will encompass a visual identity, printed materials, on-site graphics and a publication. Look out for more updates over the coming months.

Top image: Eva Rothschild, Border, 2018. Photo: Robert Glowacki. Copyright the artist. Courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London.

Bottom image: Eva Rothschild monograph, 2010. Published by Stuart Shave/Modern Art, designed by APFEL.

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12 December 2018

Protection: 30 Artists / 30 Prints

We were invited by Riposte and Amnesty International UK to contribute to Protection, an exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. Thirty female artists and designers from around the world, including Nathalie Du Pasquier, Guerilla Girls and Sonya Dyakova, were invited to design a print in response to the theme of ‘Protection’.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drawn up in 1948 following the Second World War. We believe that it exists to protect freedom itself, and see protection and freedom as simultaneous partners and opposites. In our design, we explore the balance and tension between these words and their meanings, using the letters to draw a ‘border’ around the poster’s edges which allows it to be read from any viewpoint, as a plea to protect our freedom of movement across Europe. The exhibition is on display at Coal Drops Yard, London, until 16 December. Limited edition prints are available to purchase here, with 100% of the profits donated to Amnesty International.

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27 November 2018

Lee Krasner: Living Colour

Barbican Art Gallery has announced its summer exhibition for 2019, ‘Lee Krasner: Living Colour’. We have been commissioned to design the exhibition graphics, in collaboration with David Chipperfield Architects, and will also be working on the design of the accompanying publication.

‘Lee Krasner: Living Colour’ is the first retrospective of Krasner’s work to be held in Europe for over fifty years. It will explore the breadth of her pioneering, inventive practice, exhibiting almost 100 works from across Krasner’s career, including several that have never before been exhibited in the UK. The exhibition seeks to examine and celebrate the importance of Krasner’s work in her own right, as an artist whose contribution to twentieth century art transcends the significance of her marriage to Jackson Pollock.

The exhibition opens on 30 May 2019. For further information, visit the Barbican Press Room.

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24 October 2018

Open Ended Now

Last weekend saw the opening of Melanie Manchot’s monographic exhibition at MAC VAL in Paris, ‘Open Ended Now’. The show celebrates the breadth of Manchot’s practice, which encompasses photography, film, sound and installations, and through which she explores notions of community, identity, place, individuality and activity.

We were commissioned to design a catalogue to accompany the new exhibition, which would gather together a selection of Manchot’s key projects from 1998 to the present. The design of the book reflects the way in which Manchot considers her works as being in progress, in the present, and ongoing, regardless of the final outcome – handwritten type is used for page numbers throughout, and the book has a documentary quality emphasised by the smooth-edged, folder-like binding.

‘Open Ended Now’ is at MAC VAL in Paris until 24 February 2019.

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26 September 2018

We remain European

As Brexit looms, we feel compelled to celebrate our ongoing fellowship with the people of Europe, and our desire to remain within the EU.

We aim for a second referendum, or at least a people’s vote on the final Brexit deal.

These tote bags are our means of expressing this sentiment – they are available now.

Screen-printed cotton tote bag, 420mm × 390mm.

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19 September 2018

Bespoke Typeface for V&A Dundee

Earlier this month we attended the opening of the new V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first dedicated design museum. We were commissioned by the V&A to create a bespoke typeface to mark the occasion of the museum’s opening.

We took inspiration from the external structure of the V&A Dundee building, which was designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates. Kuma’s design for the building references the rocky cliffs of Scotland’s northeastern coast, and our design in turn took these stacked forms as its starting point, creating a dynamic headline typeface built upon a geometric, humanist foundation.

The V&A Dundee typeface features in a new book we designed about the institution and its building, which is available for sale now, as well as on merchandise including tote bags, pencils and notebooks. The new museum, and its inaugural exhibitions, are open now.

V&A Dundee

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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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