Sanna Annukka has published her first book, a version of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Fir Tree’. Sanna’s Finnish folk style works perfectly with the Nordic tradition of Andersen’s original tale of a young tree so preoccupied with growing up that he forgets to live for the moment. The hardback book is cloth-bound with gold foil block details, while inside, the spreads blend elegantly with the text to create a real festive treat.
For the past four years, Klaus Haapaniemi has worked with Sato Yanai at Nippon Design Center to create the Christmas campaign for Japanese department store Isetan. For this year’s collection, Klaus has created the world of ‘Wonder Eden’, comprising twelve different kingdoms. From The Land of The Alchemists to Giant Little Country, Klaus’ worlds are inhabited by strange plants and magical creatures. The illustrations are being used as three-dimensional window displays, in-store as decorations, as well as online on the dedicated Wonder Christmas site.
Andy Rementer and Margherita Urbani have created a short comic story that features in issue #10 of fêted ‘everyday life interiors magazine’ Apartamento. The story ‘She’s Taking Everything‘, sees the reader drop in on a character post break up, as removals men come to take away all the designer furniture, and shows Rementer and Urbani’s ability to say much by showing a little. The magazine is out now.
The eponymous debut album from Jim Stoten’s illustration supergroup Owen & The Eyeballs is available now. Recorded over three days in Leeds in the summer of 2012, the record is available via Bandcamp. Jim keeps things steady with bass and vocals, as well as the occasional double kazoo.
Matt Furie has released his first children’s book, to critical acclaim. Completely hand-drawn and without words, the book tells the story of a nocturnal frog and rat who awake at midnight to embark on epic adventures on their BMX. The jacket cover even unfolds into a giant poster. We made the short video above with Mark Prendergast to offer a preview of the book, and created a dedicated section of Matt’s folio with some spreads.
A rug designed by Sanna Annukka forms the cover for December’s issue of Creative Review. The project, run by Node, aims to link illustrators with Nepalese carpet-makers to create beautiful hand-made rugs.
Owen and the Eyeballs is the name given to the illustration supergroup comprising Jim Stoten, Andrew Rae, Nick White, and Owen Gildersleeve. For the first and last date of their 2012 World Tour, the band have travelled to Brooklyn to perform at the closing party of illustrator Mike Perry’s community exhibition and event space ‘Wondering Around Wandering’. Before the evening’s performance, the group will be holding a costume and instrument making workshop. More information is available on the WAW project site.
Our friends Das Pop kick off their theatre tour in Belgium next week where they promise to play some pretty outrageous versions of songs past and present. Frontman Bent Van Looy asked us to create a special poster to advertise the shows. You can see more of our design work for the band here.
Congratulations to Andy Rementer for becoming one of 2012’s Young Guns. The award, now in it’s tenth year, is given by The Art Directors Club, and recognises the best global creative talent under 30. Well done Andy!