Talk about an assignment. Abbott Miller and his team at Pentagram recently updated the branding of Sotheby’s, one the world’s oldest and largest auction houses, with a massive overhaul. The effort included an updated logo, ditching Gill Sans for a much sharper Mercury, a cleaner site design, and a host of rebranded peripheral items like paddles, stationary, and the hundreds of catalogues they distribute.
Overall the branding feels… right. It feels like this is what Sotheby’s should have looked like all along, if that makes sense. It’s also incredible that they were able to bring cohesion to such an immense company that spans the globe. For something of this scale you need something that’s simple and easy to institute, and in my mind, this definitely does the trick.
You can see the full brief by clicking here.
Spiros Halaris is a London based illustrator who we’ve featured on the site before for his incredible illustrations. I was such a fan in fact that I had to reach out to him to see if he’d create a wallpaper for the site and he graciously obliged.
What he came up with was a fantastic interior scene, with lots of bric-a-brac and a lovely patterned wallpaper. The way he integrated the blue, yellowish wash to certain pieces is subtle and captivating. I feel like it’s a really nice wallpaper now that spring is here. A big thanks to Spiros for creating such a great piece.
Not really sure how these photographs are made by their blowing my mind. From what I can tell they’re designed by Le Creative Sweatshop and photographed by Mathieu Missiaen, a rather fortuitous collaboration if you ask me. On their site they say that there’s no Photoshop trickery, that it’s all natural, and one photo says that it was made using “Plastic and mirror and Shower gel”. Pretty damn cool for shower gel.
Matt W. Moore is well known for his bold patterns and graphic street art, but lately he’s started to take a turn toward home goods with an edge. These Rorschach Afghans are a perfect example, bringing his eye for intricate patterns to a functional blanket. I really like the four shades of grey which give it a minimal vibe with a touch of color on the long ends.
Dezeen recently interviewed designer Marc Newson about his “>upcoming eyeglass collection with Safilo, and also managed to capture some rather good gems. He speaks a bit about his disappointment with Google Glass saying, “That’s precisely the moment when I think the fashion world laughs at the world of industrial design, justifiably.”
He also makes a good point about how two different design fields, industrial and fashion, could learn a lot from one another.
“The world of industrial design has an enormous amount to learn from the fashion industry, in terms of how they do things. Frankly speaking, the design industry is really pathetic in terms of how it approaches manufacturing and how it brings things to market. I’m not talking about Apple, I’m talking about furniture design and what happens during the Milan fair. If they took note of the way that the fashion world works, the way fashion world brings things to market, with such extraordinary efficiency, they could learn an enormous amount.”
“On the other hand, I think that the fashion world could learn a lot from the world of industrial design in terms of material technology, in terms of certain techniques, in terms of certain processes. I do feel there’s an enormous territory that they both share, that they should both embrace, but I agree that there is this real trepidation on both sides to broach that ground.”