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Coast Modern & Build — Live Through Architecture Not For It

Build Coast Modern Poster

To kick­off the UK launch of the doc­u­men­tary film Coast Mod­ern the film­mak­ers invited Build to exhibit a series of prints designed exclu­sively for the event. Build designed the poster above for the show, that will take place at Mead Car­ney gallery in Lon­don. The A1 poster is a two color screen print on Lus­tralux 215gsm paper, and printed by K2 Screen.

The exhibit will also fea­ture a very lim­ited set of 5 typo­graphic prints, each with a word or state­ment taken directly from the film.

The film­mak­ers and the Build team will be at the show, and the film will be screened on Sat­ur­day 14th June at 4pm. The prints will be avail­able for pur­chase at the shop, and on Build’s shop.

Wish. I. Were. In. Lon­don. Damnit. More info below:

Mead Car­ney
45 Dover Street

Sat­ur­day 14 — Sun­day 15 June
Open Sat­ur­day 10am — 8pm & Sun­day 12pm — 6pm

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Oscar Niemeyer

Marcel Gautherot

Marcel Gautherot

Marcel Gautherot

Oscar Niemeyer was a Brazil­ian mod­ernist archi­tect known for his design of Brasília, and his work on the United Nations build­ing in NYC. His design for Brasília is always an inspi­ra­tion for me. The way he worked with the lines and space really make it a beau­ti­ful and func­tional construction.

These won­der­ful pho­tos taken by Mar­cel Gau­therot bring out the beauty in the archi­tec­ture. You can see more of them, and read more about Brasília, in this arti­cle.

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The Wishbone Chair

The Wish­bone Chair was designed in 1949 by Dan­ish designer Hans J. Weg­ner for fur­ni­ture com­pany Carl Hansen & Søn. The clas­sic chair has been in pro­duc­tion since 1950, and is always been hand­made by the finest crafts­man. The chair is made of 14 parts, and requires 100 sep­a­rate processes, which takes around 3 weeks to complete.

What’s so impres­sive with Wegner’s chair designs is that they’re over 50 years old, but still look very mod­ern. He was ahead of his time.

Design Milk got a behind-the-scenes look at how the chair is made, and they took some great pho­tos of the process.

The video above also gives a glimpse into the qual­ity and crafts­man­ship that goes into every chair. They are expen­sive, but worth every penny.

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Braun ET66 Calculator


Braun has announced that it will reis­sue the iconic ET66 Cal­cu­la­tor. It will be based on the clas­sic 1987 design by Diet­rich Lubs and Dieter Rams, that inspired the iPhone cal­cu­la­tor app. It will be avail­able dur­ing the sum­mer, and you can bet that we will be stock­ing it at Vet­ted. Stay tuned.

Mod­ernism was and still is the search for truth, the search for integrity, the search for cul­tural stim­u­la­tion and enrich­ment of the mind. Mod­ernism was never a style, but an attitude.

Vitsœ Tumblr

Vitsoe Tumblr

Vitsœ, famous for their 606 Uni­ver­sal Shelv­ing Sys­tem, now has a Tum­blr that show­cases their 50-year-old archive. A lot of amaz­ing stuff here.

Roseta y Oihana


Roseta y Oihana is a Barcelona based design agency founder by Roseta Mus Pons and Oihana Her­rera Erneta. I absolutely love the iden­tity and pub­li­ca­tion design they did for the MCP’s (Com­mon­wealth of the Pam­plona) Envi­ron­men­tal Edu­ca­tion Program.

Unpublished Peter Seitz

Peter Seitz

The folks at Kind Com­pany made me aware of this Flickr set fea­tur­ing work from Peter Seitz that wasn’t pub­lished in the book, Peter Seitz: Design­ing a Life. I wasn’t aware that he designed the Braun let­ter­head under the direc­tion of Otl Aicher. Very nice.

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graphic Modern Exhibit

graphic Modern

This graphic design exhibit looks awe­some. Can’t wait to go.

Mod­ernism, an ide­ol­ogy that cov­ers a range of styles, is rooted in the Russ­ian and Euro­pean avant-garde includ­ing Con­struc­tivism, Dada, De Stijl, Futur­ism, and the New Typog­ra­phy – move­ments which sig­naled a mod­ern­iza­tion of cul­ture and soci­ety begin­ning in the early 20th cen­tury. Artists and design­ers made a con­scious effort to reject orna­men­ta­tion and his­tor­i­cal styles, and instead chose to embrace abstract prin­ci­ples, clear com­mu­ni­ca­tion, geo­met­ric forms and visual exper­i­men­ta­tion. graphic Mod­ern presents Graphic Design as a fun­da­men­tal com­po­nent of the dis­sem­i­na­tion of early to late Mod­ernism through­out the United States, Italy and Switzer­land from the late 1930s to the mid­dle of the 1960s. Dur­ing these years, Modernism’s dis­tinc­tive graphic lan­guages moved away from its polit­i­cal begin­nings and emerged as an inte­gral part of mass cul­ture, extend­ing from adver­tis­ing and printed ephemera to cor­po­rate identity.

Bring­ing together over 75 works from Dis­play, Graphic Design Col­lec­tion, graphic Mod­ern serves as an overview of this impor­tant period of design and fea­tures adver­tise­ments, peri­od­i­cal cov­ers, posters and ephemera exam­ples from design pio­neers includ­ing: Her­bert Bayer, Lester Beall, Robert Büch­ler, Con­falonieri e Negri, Alan Fletcher, Karl Ger­st­ner (Ger­st­ner + Kut­ter), William Golden, Carl Graf, Franco Grig­nani, Max Huber, Lora Lamm, Matthew Lei­bowitz, Alvin Lustig, Her­bert Mat­ter, Fridolin Müller, Remo Mura­tore, Hans Neuburg, Erik Nitsche, Bob Noorda, Sigfried Oder­matt, Gio­vanni Pin­tori, Paul Rand, Emil Ruder, Stu­dio Bog­geri, Albe Steiner, Ladislav Sut­nar, Fred Troller, Mas­simo Vignelli, Carlo Vivarelli and Yves Zim­mer­mann among others.

USA, Italy and Switzer­land 1934 – 66
June 4 – July 26, 2012

Ford­ham Uni­ver­sity at Lin­coln Cen­ter
Cen­ter Gallery 113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
Gallery Hours: Mon­day – Fri­day, 10am to 6pm

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Dieter Rams Sketches

Dieter Rams Sketches

These are sketches by Dieter Rams from the 50s and 60s that were pub­lished as part of an inter­view with Domus Mag­a­zine in 1984. Incred­i­ble how the final designs are very sim­i­lar to these sketches.

Via Iain Clar­idge

Slovakia Gas Station

Slovakia Gas Station

Stun­ning gas sta­tion in Slo­va­kia designed by Ate­lier SAD. I love how the columns flow seam­lessly into the roof.

Dieter Rams' 1976 Speech


In Decem­ber of 1976, Dieter Rams gave a speech titled “Design by Vitsœ” in New York City about his work with Vit­soe. He also out­lined much of his design think­ing, which later evolved into his 10 Prin­ci­ples for Good Design.

Vit­soe has released the full tran­script of the speech to cel­e­brate Rams’ 80th birth­day on May 20th. It’s a must read.