Sunny Nguyen, a graphic designer for Los Angeles loves to work with paper and patterns. He combined his two passions inTearway, a publication that consists of paper patterns that can be ripped out of the book and folded into men’s paper accessories. Three sets of patterns that give three different accessories, assembled and worn as part of your outfit – a tie, a bow tie, and a pocket square.
Sunny Nguyen describes himself as a striving graphic designer and a bow tie fanatic. Currently studying at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, he’s designed the Tearaway book as a school project. The book which consists of three different patterns, each more colorful than the previous, offers a choice for men who wish to have a streak of flair and individuality in their looks, as well as a knack for DIY. Each pattern is inspired by a plant – succulent, ranunculus, and the cactus plant. The patterns are then based off of the folds of each accessory, so following the pattern while folding is made easy. The patterns look amazing as they are, but are brought alive in the accessories.
A clever idea, executed well is what makes Tearaway such a cool book. I personally happen to be a bit of a pattern fan myself, and I very much liked how Nguyen combined pattern design into something useful and fun. In these times of fashionistas, everyone want’s to stand out in a crowd with extravagant and personal style. This is what the book offers. Along with the tearaway patterned pages in the book, there are written instructions on how to fold each item, as well as examples of how the accessories can be worn.
Nguyen set out to create something that will have its own character to stand out from what is out there already, and that is what he achieved. A book which is loved by all paper lovers, as well as men looking for that special statement piece. Tearaway is probably not for your average joe, but for anyone with a taste for color.