Opinion by Richard Baird.
Superkül is a Canadian architecture studio with a diverse portfolio of understated boldness, subtlety and spacial richness, rooted in a process that intends to find the essence of each project and remain true to this throughout design and development. To celebrate the studio’s first ten years Superkül worked with Blok to create Rain, Gravity, Heat, Cold, a book that would serve as a collection of work and as a tool to articulate the firm’s unique philosophy and design approach. This was an exercise in discovery and positioning which then was expressed materially through paper transition, finishes and printing techniques.
In the first of an on-going series, BP&O takes a hands on look at Rain, Gravity, Heat, Cold. This follows, and intends to augment, the initial impressions given by Blok’s press release and promotional images, as reviewed in BP&O’s first article which can be read here.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Ekta Sketchbooks is a three volume book collection dedicated to the work of Ekta, the moniker of Swedish animator, sculptor, designer and illustrator Daniel Götesson (b. 1978). Limited to 300 copies and available from ll’Editions these present—through pages thickened by collages, drawings and layers of paint and tape—moments of creative relief, and represent the context for the endless experimentation that characterises Ekta’s process and output. What is particularly distinctive about Extra Sketchbooks is that many of the pages have the quality of original works. These reference the past, and offer glimpses into Ekta’s future output, and have been bound into three volumes with embossed and gold stamped covers, and united in a personalised fabric covered box, designed by Scandinavian studio Lundgren+Lindqvist.
Selected by Richard Baird.
August’s highlights included Bielke & Yang’s continued work with coffee roaster and subscription service Talor&Jørgen and Akin’s packaging for Ki Sunscreen. BP&O also took a look back at Blok’s work on Rain, Gravity, Heat, Cold, a book that functioned as the strategic foundation for their brand identity design for architects Superkül. There were, however, five projects that stood out, and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series. These typically balance a strong singular concept, or an appropriate confluence of ideas, with a compelling stylistic character and clear communicative intention that appropriately plays with form, colour, type and layout, as well as material, texture, image and print finish.
Throughout the month BP&O also continued to expand on its collections series as another way to jump through to older posts on the site. New additions to this were Books and Illustration. Updated projects in August included Studio Dumbar’s work for Mauritshuis.