Reaching its conclusion this week is Jody Barton’s latest solo show ‘Manic Defence & The Free Library’. In two parts, ‘Manic Defence’, features 41 original works for sale at €100 each, while ‘The Free Library’ exists online, comprising total digitisation of 15 of Jody’s hand-drawn books from the last 10 years. We would suggest starting with I Hate Dolphins or Bad Girlfriend.
The exhibition runs until 21st February at Antonio De Luca Studio, Berlin. The prints are also available online.
Mat Maitland has directed a 3D video installation for the window of Parisian department store Printemps du Louvre. Situated next to the Louvre Museum, their first store in 30 years is the new flagship for the luxury French retailer. For such an esteemed location, Printemps needed an evolving long-term solution for the store exterior that competed with (and measured up against) their prestigious neighbours.
Mat’s solution came in the form of a three minute film played on a screen mounted within a mirrored frame. The mirrors create a kaleidoscopic effect, surrounding an interchangeable physical product. The film features architectural detail from the original Printemps store, as well as images of the iconic artworks from the museum next door.
Kate Gibb recently completed an editorial commission for FT Magazine, the glossy weekend supplement of the Financial Times. Kate’s silkscreen prints accompany an article about the foundation and rise of music identification app Shazam. The entire article and images are available to view on the FT website.
Dutch artist Letman is the feature of a short film by Italian tailor Canali. Through the creation of eighty original pieces, one for every year of Canali’s existence, Letman demonstrates the skill and craft behind his hand-lettering. The film, titled ‘Contours’, offers a rare close-up on Letman’s brush and ink process, and concludes with a reveal of the entire set of images.
We are pleased to announce that our sleeve for White Lies ‘Big T.V.’ has been voted winner of Art Vinyl’s annual prize showcasing the best album artwork of the year. Big Active Design worked closely with the band and painter Michael Kagan to create the winning sleeve. The nominees and winners are on display at the Malmaison hotel in London, Oxford and Birmingham until the end of January.
Andy Rementer has just released People Blocks, a limited series of wooden characters made and painted by hand. The pieces of the four characters are designed to be completely interchangeable, allowing them to be reassembled to create custom characters, or even abstract sculptures. Produced by Case Studyo, the characters Antoine, Fabienne, Jean and François have been made in an edition of 12.
Will Sweeney has created a poster for a concert by Italian prog rock pioneers, Goblin. Performing some of their most iconic scores in Los Angeles for the first time in their 40 year history, the gig will be followed by a screening of Dario Argento’s 1975 Deep Red, also scored by the band. The screening and performance is part of Beyond Fest, a collective-run festival dedicated to the ‘very best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema’.
Hermès recently commissioned Anthony Burrill to create an animated film for the reopening of their Beverly Hills store. In addition to the film, Anthony’s work was the basis for a fully interactive experience at the opening event, with all guests receiving a bespoke digital coin, used to unlock personalised content. More to come soon.
The Royal Concept play energetic and very danceable guitar driven indie-pop. And they do it very well indeed. Markus Karlsson at our new Big Active Design studio in Gothenburg has been working with the band on the artwork for their debut album ‘Goldrushed’ which is out now on Sony Sweden. “We wanted the visuals to have an androgynous and energetic ‘retro-neon’ feel to capture the spirit and energy of the album”. You can see more of the project here.
Congratulations to London Grammar who entered the album charts at Number 2 yesterday. Big Active Design have been art directing the band over the past 6 months building towards the album release. The slide projection imagery featured on the sleeve was shot by photographer Lee Kirby.