Opinion by Richard Baird
AIR Studios was founded in 1965 by Beatles producer Sir George Martin. It is located in London’s Lyndhurst Hall, a former church with one of the largest recording rooms in the world and a live space capable of holding a full symphony orchestra. Since its opening, it has hosted a plethora of world-class talent. These have included Sir Paul McCartney, Adele, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Lou Reed, amongst many many others. It has also been the studio in which Oscar-winning scores such as Atonement and Grand Budapest Hotel have been recorded. London-based design studio Spin were commissioned to develop a new graphic identity for the studio that would pay homage to its rich heritage, bring to the fore the talent it attracts and Air’s future ambitions. This culminated in the creation of a dynamic symbol of orbital paths and undulating waves, a modern colour palette of neutrals and bright colour, black and white photography and the use of motion on screen
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Albert Oehlen is a German contemporary artist. Working with canvas, he brings together a bricolage of figurative, collaged, abstract and computer-generated elements, with a particular focus on process and self-imposed parameters such as limited colour palettes. His work, as described by the Serpentine Galleries, currently running a Oehlen solo exhibition till February 2020, engages with the history of painting through Expressionist brushwork, Surrealist gestures and deliberate amateurism, and pushes the essential components of colour, gesture, motion and time in fresh new directions. This spirit of bold gestures, layers and new approaches is captured within a slender, unbound artist book designed by London-based Zak Group. This functions as an extension of the exhibition.
Opinion by Richard Baird
Lookbooks is an online bookstore that specialises in fun and quirky publications of the past. Recent acquisitions include Old Bohemian and Moravian Jewish Cemeteries by Petr Ehl, Arno Parik & Jiri Fiedler, 1991 and 101 Cake Design by Mary Ford, 1987. There is a cultural value to many of these, reflecting a time and particular niche interest, and how these niche interests were shared pre-internet. The bookstore’s brand identity, however, clearly positions this as a cheerful tongue-in-cheek activity with a cheerful lightness of tone in the logo, which doubles down on the double O pairings within the name to create expressionful graphic gestures. But, it is the bookmarks that really stand out. I simple little die-cut trick, in conjunction with book pages, gives a nose to the eyes. A smart idea by London-based Studio Lowrie.