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René Redzepi, A Work in Progress: A Journal by Pentagram

Opinion by Richard Baird

A new book from the acclaimed Danish chef and Noma creator and owner René Redzepi, published by Phaidon and designed by Pentagram

Pentagram partner Astrid Stavro and project team Jake Gilbert and Susanna Foppoli have recently completed work on A Work in Progress: A Journal, a book from the acclaimed Danish chef René Redzepi, published by Phaidon.

Through Noma, a two-Michelin star restaurant that reimagined Nordic cuisine, René Redzepi has built a formidable reputation for innovation and inventiveness. His viewpoint and approach emerge throughout this new publication by way of a first-person narrative.

Part cookbook but largely a journal that documents a year in the life of Redzepi and his team, the writing is a “candid and witty story about creativity and inspiration”. This follows the process of discovery, creation and refinement, and profiles the struggle, determination and teamwork required to embrace and make the most of the ingredients of each new season. As you would expect from a journal this is delivered alongside the day to day, a transcript of a TedX talk, lists of work delegation, talk of dreams, moments of frustration and visceral scene setting.

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Fredrik Værslev As I Imagine Him by Zak Group

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Book design by Zak Group for Norwegian artist Fredrik Værslev coinciding with the exhibition Fredrik Værslev As I Imagine Him

Fredrik Værslev as I Imagine Him is an exhibition of work by Norwegian contemporary artist Fredrik Værslev produced over the last decade. The exhibition runs from September 2018 to January 2019 at Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo. Through a focus on process, modes of abstraction and representation, motions between the painterly and the architectural and in the use of untraditional tools such as trolley wheels and defective cans of spray paint, Værslev explores different ways in which paintings can be perceived.

Zak Group, as part of their continuing collaboration with Astrup Fearnley Museet, worked with Fredrik Værslev on the exhibition’s campaign and accompanying catalogue. Drawing on the modernist references of some of the artworks, and the unusual techniques of painting Zak Group developed a visual identity that explores creative agency and creative imposition on the rational. This can be seen in the use of type and graphic gesture, colour and texture and the implication of layers. Alongside reproductions of the artist’s works the catalogue also contains texts by Peter J. Amdam, Therese Möllenhoff and Dieter Roelstraete amongst others. The catalogue comes in two editions, English and Norwegian, differentiated by colour across their covers.

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Nunchi by Bedow

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Nunchi is an Italian startup and the vision of Cedric Naudon, a self-confessed gastronome. This follows his ambitious project to create an entirely new creative neighbourhood of restaurants, fashion boutiques and design stores in Le Marais, Paris.

Nunchi intends to frame and connect all of Cedric Naudon’s gastronomic projects. The first of which is a reimagining of Edouard Nignon’s classic cookbook L’Heptameron des Gourmets, originally published in 1919 and now a rare collector’s item. This new edition brings the unique collection of recipes and stories to a contemporary audience by way of a unique collaboration with box, textile and paper makers, engravers and printers. This is accompanied by a second book, La Dive Cocagne, which gives the reader valuable insights into the creation of L’Heptameron des Gourmets.

Nunchi’s visual identity, designed by Swedish studio Bedow, establishes a graphic framework and continuity for all of the projects that will fall under the Nunchi brand. Both L’Heptameron des Gourmets and La Dive Cocagne serve as the first surfaces in which identity begins to reveal itself, the former being a rigorous exploration of design and artist craft and collaboration, a form of Gesamtkunstwerk, and the latter providing insight into this unique confluence of skills, also brought to life through short-form documentaries. Bedow were responsible for visual identity and the art direction and design of both books.

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