May you have wonderful Christmas time and may it fill you with peace and joy!
Best Christmas wishes from re:design
(Also, we know we’re late this year but a combination of overwork and cold made these Christmas preparations intense and stressful and something had to give. Still, the wishes are a bit more intense for every hour they are late. XOXO!)
May you have a wonderful Easter time
and may spring fill you with peace, joy and new energy.
For this year’s card we decided to play with the motif of a Fabergé egg, made of paper. Both the fact that these eggs are heavily decorated and that they have a surprise inside made for a fun challenge (and, of course, the egg itself was a rather obvious choice for Easter). We searched the net a bit for an inspiration of how to make the egg itself and the rest almost designed itself (but it didn’t cut nor fold itself – that took bits of two days).
We wish you all a wonderful and peaceful Christmas time
when you may focus on all the goodness and joy in your life and in the world.
Last week we shared with you a book by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud about the ocean. But the first time we encountered a book by these artists was In the Forest, their beautiful and sad story about deforestation (and, luckily, re-forestation). It uses very ingenious techniques of paper engineering to talk in simple ways about the destruction of forests, still ending on a hopeful note. While the ocean book is probably more cheerful, this one, we feel, works more strongly.
(Also, as a not-irrelevant side note, consider not buying products with palm oil, if you feel the need to do something.)
It’s been (too long) a while since we last shared with you the love for our design idols. Today we want to focus on someone who we’ve been reminded of in a gift shop of Les Arts Décoratifs, where we saw a huge Dior exhibition: Mats Gustafson. His huge impressive book of illustrations for Dior was sold there and it was so pretty (but also large and expensive so we couldn’t buy it, not yet anyway – take a look on Amazon, if you’re interested). But we knew his work before (one of us anyway, the one who loves fashion illustration and thinks no one does it better than Gustafson).
Gustafson is a Swedish illustrator living in New York, with a background in stage design, who introduced into fashion illustration different media: watercolors, cutouts, color papers and uses them in such a unique, beautiful way that his work is instantly recognizable. Fashion illustration generally tends towards pretty but Gustafson makes it sublime, with his minimalist, painterly sensitivity (based on solid skill in drawing). Gushing time over, now look at the pictures (from the artist’s official representative’s site where you can see his newer work now – these works below are from our archives) and fall in love.
We find patterns a particularly good test of how a style is working for fashion illustration. Test passed.
Incredible use of paper.
And a deer. For his personal projects he seems to like drawing animals. And what do you know, he’s great at it.
With fall so completely upon us it’s nice to think back on holidays and one way to do that is to look at the books we’ve brought with us. As usual, our trip to Paris has resulted in increasing our library of touristy books about Paris. This time let us share a smart little pop-up called, well, Paris Pop Up by Dominique Ehrhard (here‘s a link, should you be interested).
It presents the biggest tourist attractions of the city as 3D models literally rising from the pages of the book as one leafs through it. Each building is situated in its proper place on a fragment of a map and prefaced by a short introduction on the previous spread. All in all, it’s a simple idea quite ingeniously executed and much prettier than most tourist guides.
The intro map with all the attractions and their relative locations.
An introduction to the Arc de Triomphe.
And the Arc itself.
The Notre Dame Cathedral rising from its pages in several steps.
Centre Pompidou (it even has an exhibition poster visible).