The Design & Paper team is built up of three women and we love celebrating Women’s Day. Last year we came up with a colorful paper flower D.I.Y., and this year we gathered together some of the most iconic Women’s Day posters designed throughout history.
Novo is a font designed by Filip Matejicek, the man behind Pestrographique, for a Czech furniture store Nanovo specializing in 60s, 70s and 80s era. It is a geometrically shaped text typeface with a fresh and modern feel. Inspired by the iconic tubular metal furniture of the Bauhaus period.
Just the other day I stumbled upon a wonderfully illustrated book titled Ábécés könyv (Alphabet book) by Hungarian designer Anna Kövecses. As the name already suggests, the book illustrates the Hungarian alphabet, which comprises 44 – for German speaking people usually very hard to pronounce – letters. Continue reading
Let’s go Cuckoo this Carnival! The end of Carnival season is upon us, and Lent, which will lead all the way to Easter is about to start. And this means for most of us in Austria, that it’s time to get dressed up, head to the streets and party till the sun comes up. And if you are one of the many heading out tonight, I came up with a great and fun way for you to dress up – DIY Colorful Cuckoo Masks made of paper.
Yesterday the most famous ball of the season took place: The Vienna Opera Ball. Crowds of ladies in beautiful ball gowns and gentlemen in black tail coats flocked to Vienna State Opera to enjoy a night of dancing and socializing. At the entrance to the ballroom the ladies received a gift by the organizer. This year it included a notebook, which comes quite close to the original form of this gift: the dance card, where gentlemen could reserve a dance with their chosen lady. We met Stephan Schwab-Trau, one of the biggest collectors of dance cards, who took us on a journey to the 19th century and showed us his collection of dance cards – each a small masterpiece!
Coffee & Kitchen is one of my regular coffee stops in Graz. The heavenly chocolate muffins and steaming cup of cappuccino lures me in every time. But what I really love about the place is the simple and super dynamic look, which is like candy to your eyes. And it came as no real surprise that it’s no other than the design power house from the same city, Moodley Brand Identity, who is behind this simplistic beauty.
Jane Eyre, the classic by Charlotte Brontë, is currently on show at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava. Directed by Marián Amsler, the production is praised among other things for its great scenery involving a huge amount of paper. Our correspondents Mária Danišová and Katarina Hendrichovska were at the premier where they met stage designer Juraj Kucharek responsible for the scenery.
The fact that inspiration can come from anywhere, is proved by one of the biggest trends of the year, the lace. It was fully visible at this years Creativeworld, from pattern designs to rubber stamps. When combined with modern and minimalistic shapes and dramatic colors, it becomes very luxurious and decadent, reminiscent of its use in fashion.
There are not only trends in stationery design, but also in crafting. As last year, we visited Creativeworld in Frankfurt and collected some of the hottest crafting trends, techniques and ideas of this year for you. Find out which is your favorite and if you are a golden girl (boy) or rather a black swan!
The French design duo Zim&Zou, known for their colorful paper designs, have ventured into the world of typography. Staying faithful for their innovative style, they’ve come up with something original and technically challenging. In Weave Type2 each letter took about 6 hours to finish, and all together over 500 meters of thread was used for the project. Continue reading