Observed: A Century of Artifice






Constantly, I’m drawn to the work of designers who are also artists. Michael Cina (Art | Design) sits in this overlap, also finding himself in a collaboration with Ghostly International, a long-term partnership that is not often common in design. You can see Cina in his work at Ghostly, but the converse is just as true. Recently, in conjunction with VSCO, Cina has produced a limited edition book to document 100 album covers and concept art, titled A Century of Artifice. “My hope is that it will give the viewer a unique glimpse into the diverse work I have done in the last six years with Ghostly. It is really a special thing when an artist and company can work hand in hand… I feel that the sum is greater than the parts, and this book will show the thought that I put into each project.”

※ The photographs of A Century of Artifice were taken by Nicole Shultz for Design Curiosities.

Curiosities: Japanese Book of Science










We have amassed quite the collection of old books from local bookstores and resale shops over the years. They have two functions, it seems. Sitting in a credenza, and being heavy in moving boxes. To change this, and to return them to the purpose they were purchased for, I’ve started photographing and scanning them to be put to use as design inspiration. There are three distinct sections in this series. Firstly, photographs of the books themselves, unchanged (1-3). Secondly, images and figures scanned from the book, isolated and slightly altered (4-6). Lastly, original work created from the images (7-9).

Observed: Chemistry Series by Martin Ålund






Artist Martin Ålund recently exhibited his painting suite called Chemistry, and released a book of the same title. The paintings themselves are dark and cloudy, with layers piled on and shaved off. They were made with a variety of substances mixing and reacting with each other, thus the name Chemistry. Among other things, it also deals with, “the chemistry that emerges between the different works, the personal chemistry in encounters among individuals, the inner chemistry of sensibilty and reflection, and the chemistry that emerges through the work process.”

I think far too often artists forget the importance of design when displaying their work. It is refreshing to see that this was not lost on Ålund. His online presence and monograph for this series match his artistic voice, and are incredibly beautiful. The book was designed by Bedow, and was printed in an edition of 600 copies—available at Konst/ig Books.

Design Curiosities: Tung for Mjölk

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I highly recommned stopping by Mjölk the next time you’re in Toronto. Great shop, great people, great branding.

Client: Mjölk
Design: Tung
Photography: Juli Daoust Baker
Project Documentation: Tung

Design Curiosities: Hubert & Fischer

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Founded in 2014 by Philipp Hubert and Sebastian Fischer, Hubert & Fischer is a multidisciplinary design studio with offices in New York and Stuttgart (but soon in Berlin). Their latest book design for artist Michael Fliri’s exhibition “Where Do I End And The World Begins” at the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen is quite impressive. Like many of their artist monographs, the type and layout of the book was inspired by the artist’s work, in this case the shape of Michael Fliri’s sculptures. The book is out now via the ZF Art Foundation.