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Design Curiosities: El Rey

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We stumbled on El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette the last time we were walking around the lower east side. I’m not going to say we stopped in because of the amazing neon logo hanging on the back wall, but it did make the coffee better. El Rey’s amazing branding (and handpainted sign) was done by Jess Che.

I highly recommend checking this place out the next time you’re in the area.

Photographs by Alan Gastelum

Design Curiosities: Werklig for Kontoret

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Werklig is a small branding-focused design agency located in Helsinki. All of their work is impressive, but I’m especially enjoying this work for co-working space, Kontoret. Kontoret opened in 2013 and is located in the heart of Helsinki. Not only is Werklig’s branding work itself top-notch, the documentation is incredible. Plus I can’t resist any project that REALLY uses a Lineto typeface (Replica in this case).

Design Curiosities: L A N D

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L A N D is the Austin-based, multidisciplinary design studio of Texas natives Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes. In just a few short years L A N D has amassed a body of work with the maturity, confidence, and direction of a studio twice its age. I’m especially drawn to this work for Easy Tiger bake shop and beer garden. The commitment to hand painted signage does not go unnoticed. Nicely done.

Signpainting by Joe Swec
Photography by Keith Davis Young and Julie Cope

Design Curiosities: Nicolas Sassoon

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Nicolas Sassoon is a French artist and designer currently working between Biarritz and Vancouver. He is making some of the most impressive and inspired animated GIFs I’ve ever seen. While the majority of his work can be found online, he does produce sculpture, prints, textiles, and site-specific installations. In addition to this work and his various collaborative efforts, Nicolas is also the founder of W-A-L-L-P-A-P-E-R-S, and a member of the online collective, Computers Club.

I did have to resize these images, I highly recommend viewing them at full size. It really is necessary. There is a lot of this kind of design going around, but Nicolas’s work really stands out.

Design Curiosities: London Deco

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Thibaud Herem is a freelance illustrator based in London. He is a trained graphic designer but has focused on creating some of the most amazing architectural drawings I’ve ever seen. His latest project, London Deco, is a collection of 11 drawings of iconic London Deco landmarks. London Deco is out via Nobrow Press. Can’t wait to grab one.