Typography, whether purposely unnoticed or at its most beautiful, is an art, even if some of us pay little attention to it. The Madrid-based design studio CESS created a typeface inspired by modern art itself for the 36 Days of Type project, which invited graphic artists and designers to design one letter or number each day. The result is the adorably named Artphabet, a striking, mostly hand-designed project that also serves as a lesson in 20th- and 21st-century art.
In 1987 Oscar and Sergi Devesa founded D&D Design to work together in product design for national and international companies such as Metalarte, Disform, Blauet, Supergrif, Oken, Grober, Dessiè, Grupo Líneas TC, Seiak, Vibia, Bike-Romanes, Arkos Light, Forma 5, Ferfor and Exit Seating Barcelona.
He worked for eleven years creating product, furniture, and store interiors, first at Vignelli Associates and then at Polo Ralph Lauren. In 1998, he returned to Spain and began working as a creative director for Grupo Inditex, developing new concepts for the Zara Group’s distinctive retail environments. In 2003, Veciana formed Castel Veciana Arquitectura in collaboration with architect Jordi Castel. He began working with Metalarte shortly after that.
Given the heat of the Jacquemus fashion business, his fervent social media following and such famous devotees as Kendall Jenner, Rihanna and the Hadid sisters, the designer’s foray into beauty is likely to attract widespread interest. The French designer boasts 3.8 million followers on Instagram, reminding them recently that he founded his brand in 2009 with a photo of an oval-shaped block of butter stamped with his logo.
In subsequent solo exhibits and shows at major galleries, and design and art fairs all over the globe, Jaime further established his vision. His large consumer base has spanned numerous functions and media, including domestic furniture for B.D., following the establishment of Hayon Studio in 2001. Barcelona, Cassina, Fritz Hansen, & Tradition, and Magis; Parachilna, Metalarte and Swarovski lighting fixtures; and sophisticated Bisazza, Lladró and Baccarat objects.
The purpose of this cutlery is to avoid staining the tablecloth, the same idea that inspired Marquina to create his famous olive oil bottle. The unique handles of the knives, forks and spoons raise the part that would touch the table. The fish knife incorporates an ingenious prong for opening shellfish.
Patricia Urquiola called this collection Vimini because it means wicker in Italian and sounds like Bimini, an island. They used only the right amount of outdoor wicker with a rougher wooden frame. The design is well known that when you get close, it stirs your memory and makes you feel at home. That’s what it was, more or less—the object of memory.