Services Conception, Editorial Design
Client Lars Müller Publishers / Kunsthalle Bielefeld, ed. by Friedrich Meschede
Team Matthias Friederich, Julian von Klier
The publication “Abbildungen/Figures” turns its gaze on the media framing of Konstantin Grcic’s design objects. First researched in early magazines, company prospectuses, flyers and other print media, the selected pieces are presented as reproductions of reproductions.
Abbildungen/Figures is neither a survey nor a retrospective, but an overview of Grcic’s work. The publication is accompanied by an in-depth analysis by Robin Schuldenfrei, Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, who, in presenting Konstantin Grcic’s oeuvre to the German-speaking world, examines it from a historical perspective for the first time.
“The designers have deftly turned their hand to this somewhat conceptual framework, reinforcing the ideas of facsimiles of facsimiles through clever typographic overlays and abstractions of the images contained within. Beneath the dust jacket, the book is purely typographic, adding a sense of the industrial to a book about an industrial designer.
Clever little touches like showing the colour breakdowns act as smart easter eggs that once again hint at ideas around the reproduction of images, and show the processes behind the design in a subtle, eye catching way. The book is a truly beautiful object, and a testament to the skills of the designers at Strobo BM.”
Quote: Emily Gosling for Creative Boom
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