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In a follow-up for our posts about the Dior exhibition in Paris and the marvellous Dior illustrator Mats Gustafson, let us share the most impressive Christmas gift we got this year: this amazing album of Gustafson’s illustrations for Dior.

Under the most unpretentious title you find dozens of beautiful large-format illustrations created for numerous collections in Gustafson’s signature style: minimalist and charming. He uses watercolors, cut papers and thoroughly impresses us with his talent for capturing fabrics in all their varieties. The dresses and accessories live on the pages. The album is simply a great pleasure to look through and captures well the, strictly speaking unnecessary (but how important!), beauty of fashion and even illustration.

The book out of the sleeve.

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Dior’s portrait.

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A very Dior-ish, high couture Didoni in the introduction. Other than that, the book uses Gustafson’s handwriting.

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Layers.

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Stripes.

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With a handwriting like this you don’t need fonts.

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This year Poland is celebrating the hundredth anniversary of independence, which it regained in 1918. The celebrations include many events in different cities and we designed an invitation for one of them, a scientific conference in Wrocław that inaugurates the celebrations there. The conference focuses on the people living in the outer regions of the reborn country and how they helped to shape it.

We designed a “100” logotype which is debossed into the cover and equally readable on the cover and on its other side, thanks to the shape of the digits. The whole invitation is kept minimalist, with silver spot color used on the outside and a text in black and red inside. The inside of the cover uses a quote by Ignacy Paderewski, a statesman and musician who serves as a patron of the conference.

Closed invitation, in silver.

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The inside of the cover, with Paderewski’s quote.

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Open invitation, with information on the conference and its program.

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After Christmas we have a whole bunch of pretty books we want to share with you. This pair of books is a Polish version of a Swedish book Food Pharmacy, which originated as a blog. The first one presents the authors’ philosophy on healthy eating and the second is a companion with recipes. The books are designed by Anna Lindelöw.

We don’t know much about the food theory in these books (it seems you have to eat a lot of green vegetables) because the main reason we wanted them is how good they look. A couple of years ago when we were designing our first cookbook we went to look at food-related books in a bookstore and boy, were they awful. But this market has really improved and now we own some cookbooks just because they look great. Now these two have joined the shelf.

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The books are illustrated with a combination of colorful and black and white etchings, photos (both stylized and random-looking), stamp-like icons and geometric type. It results in an eclectic but well-planned look that makes the hard truths of the book a bit more accessible and inviting.

The open book with a somewhat surrealist collage.

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Table of contents.

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Tangible type! (sort of)

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January is the month when you change your calendar so we want to share the calendar we designed for the Museum of Gdańsk.

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The Museum consists of several departments, situated in some of the prettiest old buildings in Gdańsk. Each month shows a different department with a picture of the building on the one side and a detail, usually from the inside, on the other, so you can choose which picture you prefer on your wall for the given month. The dates are limited to an ornamental strip on the right so that the calendar is mostly decorative. On the last page you get information about all the departments.

The photos used in the calendar are by Dariusz Kula.

The cover uses an old etching of the city house and the Artus Court, both belonging to the museum.

The dominant color is navy blue from the new identity of the museum. We even got the binding in dark blue, which isn’t always as easy to do as it should be with some printing houses.

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May you have a wonderful new year full of joy and peace,
accomplishments and rest, quiet time with family and exuberant time with friends
(or the other way round). And may you always draw joy from what you love
and satisfaction from what you do.

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May you have a wonderful time during the holiday season,
may you spend it in warmth and joy with the people you love
and may you find a moment to do something silly and fun.

This year again we managed to find time for a hand-made Christmas card which doubles as a Christmas tree decoration. The making-of process pictured below:

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Just in time for Christmas cheer we want to share the most themed book on our shelf. (Also, I guess we don’t actually have so many Christmas books and that should be corrected. What are your favorites?) Marguerite’s Christmas is written by India Desjardins and beautifully illustrated by Pascal Blanchet. (We’ve got a Polish edition but you can see or buy English one on Amazon, here.) It combines two emotions which often go together during this holiday season: sense of magic and sense of sadness and also manages to say something true about the old age (thus, becoming much more than just a book for children).

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The illustrations are quite artful, using colors, compositions and a certain old-fashioned style to match the atmosphere and the theme of the story. At the same time they’re very modern in their simplicity.

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We know few books, particularly picture books, that would capture better the feel of a winter night.

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Or the emptiness of an apartment.

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re-shop-friendsAnd here’s just a last-minute reminder that there are still promos and great gift ideas (including, but certainly not limited to, our stuff) on Society6 and bza.