Title
Client
Category
Date
Technique
Dimension
The good life
Iñaki Ábalos, Park Books
Architecture book
May 2017
Paperback with flaps
155 × 210 mm, 256 p.

In The Good Life, Iñaki Ábalos guides through seven iconic twentieth-century homes that represent various concepts for living. Some of the homes were actually built, while others were merely planned, painted, or created as part of a film set. Mies van der Rohe’s House with Three Patios, Martin Heidegger’s cabin in the Black Forest, Picasso’s Villa La Californie in Cannes, Andy Warhol’s Factory, the geometric houses and gardens in Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle, the hobby-kit house in Buster Keaton’s One Week and the swimming pool and home in David Hockney’s painting A Bigger Splash. Ábalos takes readers through the key philosophical precepts that likely guided the creation of these homes, making insightful points about the relationship between ideas about a particular modern way of living and approaches to architecture and design. While respecting and updating the original version, which has been published in 2001, the book has been structured into seven chapters, each one opened by a picture section and followed by a text with reference images. Keywords, which have been highlighted by the author, are forming up to literary clouds inside the big margins at the bottom of each page. The clouds help guiding the reader through the book and serve as touch points for non-linear reading. This project has been realized in collaboration with Samuel Bänziger and published by Park Books.

 
Reality Pirovino
Fabio Marco Pirovino, Jungle Books
Artist book
April 2017
Offset, UV varnish
250 × 360 mm, 24 p.

Fabio Marco Pirovino explores the boundaries and possibilities of imagery. For the exhibition “Reality” (15 October–12 December 2016) at the art space epepep in St.Gallen, the artist realized a series of his typical “scribble paintings”: abstract, gestural paintings, layered traces as dormant records of dynamic processes. Pirovino painted twenty-one PVC films of different sizes, applying the monochrome paint directly with his hands and fingers. The artist nailed these object-like substrates to sprayed canvases with the painted side facing inward so that the surface of the works has a mirror-like appearance. The artist’s book “Reality Pirovino” is a continuation of the exhibition. The full-scale reproductions were cropped in the layout, and the canvases and nails are invisible. This captures the screen-like quality of the works, which is emphasized by the sheen of the book pages with a UV coating. This project has been realized in collaboration with Samuel Bänziger and Jiajia Zhang, and published by Jungle Books.

 
Space of Production
Jeannette Kuo, EPFL
Architecture book
November 2015
Flexbook
200 × 285 mm, 157 p.

The successor of A-Typical Plan investigates spaces of production through seminal projects by engineer-architects such as Robert Maillart, Albert Kahn, Auguste Perret, and many others. Industrial buildings are characterized by an underlying contradiction: the economy of means and the desire for flexibility. We translated this tension by using strict typographic presets within a very flexible grid. The volume includes interviews, essays and student works as a result of research done at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne’s School of Architecture. The wide spacing of the narrow columns in these sections is referencing the architectural construction of large production halls based on supportive columns. Supplementary material is arranged like an assembly line and is filling the page from left to right without margins, underlining the horizontality of the factory. This project has been realized in collaboration with Samuel Bänziger and published by Park Books.

 
Nachtschicht 15
Kunstverein St.Gallen
Invitation card
February 2017
Silver on colored cardboard
148 × 210 mm

Nachtschicht (nightshift) is an open night at the Kunstmuseum St.Gallen. The event offers guided tours, performances and djs playing after the regular museum opening hours. Since 2011 we’re responsible for the invitation cards. They always feature a graphical interpretation of the event’s happenings and explore the possibilities of printing with a limited color palette.

 
Prix Meret Oppenheim 2017
Bundesamt für Kultur BAK
Catalogue
May 2017
Offset
155 × 210 mm, 198 p.

Before we start a conversation or introduce ourselves, we usually seek eye contact with the person in front of us. A first impression can be determined by this one fleeting moment while handing over the conversational baton. With that thought in mind, we decided to renounce any use of typography on the cover of the Prix Meret Oppenheim 2017 publication. Instead the three awardees are looking back at you. In 2017, the Prix Meret Oppenheim (a prize awarded to individuals that have contributed to the study and influence of contemporary Swiss arts and architecture) was given to the artist Daniela Keiser, architect Peter Märkli, and author and curator Philip Ursprung. Not rarely one may be familiar with their name or work before but might have never seen the person behind. In the following 198 pages of the publication, each laureate is introduced in a generous 32-paged picture section, for which the artist and photographer Katalin Deér documented studio visits, exhibition openings, and even a seminar week in France and the Netherlands. The thin, smooth paper in this section demands slowed-down browsing and a gradual approach to the person and their work. Eventually a comprehensive interview is opening the conversation. Marked by a different paper with a heavier and rougher feel, these text parts separate the three awardee sections. This project has been realized in collaboration with Samuel Bänziger and Katalin Deér.

 
Institut für Entwurf und Architektur
ETH Zürich
Poster
August 2017
Offset
550 × 800 mm

The task of the Institute of Design and Architecture IEA at ETH Zürich is to elaborate and implement a long-term strategy for the teaching of design and construction. The semester programme is announced with a poster system, introducing the subject of the lecture series and presenting a weekly calendar. When folded down for postal dispatch, a summary provides a quick glance at the full programme. This project has been realized in collaboration with Samuel Bänziger.

 
Raum Zeit Kultur
Architektur Forum Ostschweiz
Architecture book
October 2016
Softcover, dust jacket
220 × 325 mm, 164 p.

To stimulate discourse on local building culture in Switzerland, the editor Architektur Forum Ostschweiz initiated a series of articles that first appeared in the regional daily press. For this publication they have been bundled as a collection and ordered chronologically. The articles are directly placed one after another, but separated into text and photography sections: while the articles are flowing over the left pages, their corresponding images are placed on the right. The selection of a one-side coated paper subtly highlights this separation, providing both text and image an ideal surface in favor of readability and color reproduction. Three in-depth essays occasionally break this flow, discussing leading themes that emerge in the articles. Their text layout forms the counterpart to the stream, using only the two outer margins, that remained empty before. A two-part photo essay complements the book, emerging from the center of the double page and leaving the outer margins unprinted again. All these parts layered would eventually bring back the density of the original newspaper layout. This project has been realized in collaboration with Samuel Bänziger and has been selected as one of The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2016.

 
Foto: Jim, Zürich
MA thesis (ECAL)
Research project
March 2015
Hardcover
150 × 225 mm

“Foto: Jim, Zürich” examines the biography of Swiss photographer Karlheinz Weinberger, whose work was also published under the pseudonym “Jim”. Following the path of his semi-underground identity as a photographer, the essay focuses on one particular aspect in his oeuvre: a series of wrestling men, published in the Swiss sports newspaper Satus-Sport. Later, these were published in the ‘homophile’ magazine Club 68. This contextual shift exposes a crossroad in Weinberger’s artistic double life, and sheds light on the true motivation, intention and meaning behind Jim’s pictures.

 
Nachtschicht 14
Kunstverein St.Gallen
Invitation card
October 2016
Silver and grey spot color
148 × 210 mm

Nachtschicht (nightshift) is an open night at the Kunstmuseum St.Gallen. The event offers guided tours, performances and djs playing after the regular museum opening hours. Since 2011 we’re responsible for the invitation cards. They always feature a graphical interpretation of the event’s happenings and explore the possibilities of printing with a limited color palette.

 
GSD Fall 2016/Spring 2017
Harvard University GSD
Poster, brochure
August 2016
Offset
Various

Concept and design of the brochure and poster suite that announce the main lecture series and exhibitions at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The poster is subject to a graphical system, which is structured into different program categories. The height of each category is defined by its number of events in relation to the total. Following this preset, each category is divided into columns corresponding to the number of events per category. The empty spaces are filled with black resulting in a composition which is totally controlled by the content. The brochure layout responds directly to the event’s date, using days and months as coordinates for positioning information. This project has been realized in collaboration with Samuel Bänziger.

 
Streamlined for Dispatch
Valentina Stieger, Jungle Books
Artist book
November 2016
Brochure
210 × 297 mm, 400 p.

Streamlined for Dispatch” is Valentina Stieger’s first artist’s book and covers a series of works of the same name. It presents thirteen paintings from previous and ongoing series, all of which are made from the conventional elements of painting, such as canvas, frames, and varnish. However, she uses previously printed, colorfully patterned fabrics as canvases—bedsheets and pillowcases from different eras—which deal with visual aspects of abstract painting in their designs. By mounting them on frames, Stieger projects the patterns back to their place of origin and thus creates a tension between intellectual loftiness and trivial decoration. Furthermore, she poses questions about the value of reproductions and originals which become apparent in the intermingling of art and (everyday) design as well as in the contrast between individual artistic style and faceless, technically reproduced design. The conceptual basis of the publication is standardization. The A4-sized page becomes the fixed size for the graphic dismantling of the canvases, which are fragmented in their original size and are thus connected back to their original pattern. In its rough texture, the publication recalls a mail order catalog for home textiles, like those that end up in our mailboxes by the thousands and ultimately land in the wastepaper basket. The choice of these modalities represents a transfer from art to the mass-market catalog and back to the artist’s book. The 392 pages of illustrations are supplemented with an essay by David Misteli. “Streamlined for Dispatch” has been realized in collaboration with Valentina Stieger and Samuel Bänziger, and published by Jungle Books.

 
Nachtschicht 12
Kunstverein St.Gallen
Invitation card
October 2015
Silver, black and white on cardboard
148 × 210 mm

Nachtschicht (nightshift) is an open night at the Kunstmuseum St.Gallen. The event offers guided tours, performances and djs playing after the regular museum opening hours. Since 2011 we’re responsible for the invitation cards. They always feature a graphical interpretation of the event’s happenings and explore the possibilities of printing with a limited color palette.

 
8K
Missue
Album cover
October 2014
Acrystal cast, foil embossing
140 × 125 × 27 mm

8K is a concept album produced by Missue and inspired by the 14 Himalaya mountains exceeding 8000 m in elevation. The Swiss IDM duo commissioned us to do the artwork for their first CD release. With digital downloads exploding and CD sales plummeting, we wanted to create an object that goes beyond the actual benefit of a protective cover. A 3D print based on the stretched coordinates of the Himalayas has been used as a model for creating a silicon mould. Filling the mould with black dyed acrylic resin, we hand casted the entire run and later attached each mountain onto a foil embossed cardboard including the tray. The tracks on the backside are not ordered chronologically but corresponding to the altitude of each peak they are dedicated to. (3D print by Patrick Jost, silicon mould by Tamara Cattozzo and Andrea Rüeger)

 
!Mediengruppe Bitnik / Christian Waldvogel
Helmhaus Zürich
Exhibition identity
December 2013
Silkscreen, Offset
Various

“Delivery for Mr. Assange” and “unknown” were two independent shows at Helmhaus both based on the artistic strategy of using—and abusing—technology and the incorporation of expertise from non-art fields into their art projects. In the first room of “unknown” the random movement of melting candles created spherical planets of colored wax, thanks to a device that Waldvogel modelled after equipment that simulates zero gravity. In the large gallery a primordial broth covered the entire floor. In the course of the exhibition, algae-like cyanobacteria began increasing the intensity of colors with budding growth. The third room presented a monumental, metal planetarium, in which the wax planets were placed one after the other upon materializing in the first room. !Mediengruppe Bitnik have recreated a room that represents an individual’s entire universe: the study at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London which WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has not been able to leave for one and a half years. The artists visited Assange in London several times and have reconstructed the details of his study. In 2013 !Mediengruppe Bitnik constructed their own “Postdrone” and sent it to Julian Assange: a parcel containing a cell phone camera that took pictures through a hole in the cardboard and uploaded them on a public website every 15 seconds. Their “Postdrone” represents one of the last surviving forms of uncompromised communication with one of the arguably most intensely surveyed people in the world. The coinciding element in the exhibition poster is the circle: the lens of a surveillance camera, a pinhole, a sphere, a planetary or the biology of a cell. Placed in pitch darkness and framed by an elusive glow, matter and space become undefined and open. Just as both exhibitions show and document a process, the sloppy setting of the textual layer—which is derived from HTML word wrap with inelegant hyphenation of names and locations—becomes an irritating element to emphasize a state of flux.

 
Post-Post
Soirée Graphique 2015
Poster
August 2015
Digital print
895 × 1280 mm

Visual influences and developments are largely shaped by globalization. This results in rapid change, pressure to innovate and seemingly steadily increasing individuality. Using iconographic elements from national and global delivery services and post offices, our contribution for Soirée Graphique 2015 addresses questions concerning the following: In which post-moment are we situated right now and shouldn’t we already guess what’s next?

 
Tribute to Phife Dawg
Brick Magazine
Editorial contribution
April 2016
Offset
230 × 290 mm

“Moonlight dancing inside of your eyes” is a tribute to Phife Dawg, founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, who sadly passed away on March 23, 2016. For the second issue of hip-hop periodical Brick we were invited to contribute with a personal interpretation of one of Phife’s most iconic lines. (Against The World, The Love Movement, 1998)

 
Saiten Ostschweizer Kulturmagazin
Saiten Verlag
Magazine
2013–2017
Offset
215 × 280 mm, 88–92 p.

Saiten is the official cultural magazine of Eastern Switzerland. The first issue came out in April 1994, since then it is monthly being distributed to subscribers and members of the association. Some copies are available to pick up for free at local cultural and public institutions, shops and restaurants and it’s not being sold at the newsstand. This allows greater leeway in terms of cover design but also brings a few financial restrictions on production. (Most of the content is printed in black only.) Every issue features a thematic focus, which is illustrated by the work of a photographer, illustrator or artist with special ties to the region. Since early 2013 and more than 50 issues, we’re in charge of the art direction and layout together with Samuel Bänziger.

 
Nachtschicht 7
Kunstverein St.Gallen
Invitation card
February 2013
Silver and black on Chromolux
148 × 210 mm

Nachtschicht (nightshift) is an open night at the Kunstmuseum St.Gallen. The event offers guided tours, performances and djs playing after the regular museum opening hours. Since 2011 we’re responsible for the invitation cards. They always feature a graphical interpretation of the event’s happenings and explore the possibilities of printing with a limited color palette.

 
A-Typical Plan
EPFL
Architecture book
November 2013
Softcover with flaps
190 × 285 mm, 202 p.

A-Typical Plan (edited by Jeannette Kuo at EPFL) presents analytical and atmospheric insights into the architecture of the workspace with a deep plan. The title image of the publication is a photography of the Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy in the Natural History Museum in Paris, which represents the reference of Jeannette Kuo’s studies to precise the structures of the internal. This exposure of the structures was also the basis of our editorial concept, which manifests on the book’s surface with the table of content on the backcover. To reinforce this system, we used atypical font size ratios for the individual types of text (such as the introduction, project descriptions, essays and colophon), while beginning and ending the book with the largest. The chapter pages and titles reference the back cover regarding position and form. This project has been realized in collaboration with Samuel Bänziger and has been selected as one of The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2013 (see more here).

 
Abbruchhaus at Zukunft
Abbruchhaus
Poster
October 2013
Offset
297 × 420 mm

Abbruchhaus promotes electronic music in and around the east of Switzerland since 2000. The poster for their label night at Zurich’s club Zukunft is a deconstruction of the label’s name Abbruchhaus (german for condemned house).

 
Nachtschicht 4
Kunstverein St.Gallen
Invitation card
October 2011
Silver on black cardboard
148 × 210 mm

Nachtschicht (nightshift) is an open night at the Kunstmuseum St.Gallen. The event offers guided tours, performances and djs playing after the regular museum opening hours. Since 2011 we’re responsible for the invitation cards. They always feature a graphical interpretation of the event’s happenings and explore the possibilities of printing with a limited color palette.