I recently did the branding for The Alfred and Upstairs, the restaurant and bar for the Kimberly Hotel in NYC. I created this single business card to work for both venues. I used the ornate designs hidden on the US one dollar bill as inspiration for the drawings and made a custom wallpaper (shown on the inside of the card) from them. Its always tricky to house two businesses on one card but I used it to my advantage in this case.
Maison Premier is a new oyster and absinthe house reflective of old hotel lobbies, and oyster houses from the 1890′s in New York, Paris and New Orleans. We branded Maison Premiere completely, starting with the logo and meticulously designing everything down to the “CPR kit located under the bar” sign. Every font, every graphic, every color is true to the era and handmade by either myself or my team. We hand drew fonts, old coins, frames, and just about everything.The guys at MP were fantastic as they totally understood the power of solid and complete branding so we had the opportunity to design just about everything you can imagine. CLICK HERE to check out the website we did — the smooth transitions and sweet little map are my favorite parts. Or click the image above and see the business cards, menus, postcards, etc. I’m an absolute nut about fine food so as you can imagine if I eat one more oyster I think i’m going to grow a shell but you should not miss an opportunity to eat here. It’s a treasure.
This project is really beyond my wildest dreams- it is a public art project/musical composition involving 600 musicians. I designed a logo, identity system, website, advertising and poster for “Tempelhof Broadcast.” I also art directed a very cool motion graphic animation and movie titles for the short film on the site and there are many more pieces to come. Click here to check out the site we just launched and see the little movie or the image above to see the poster and some web pages. You’ll want to read more about this project –I promise. Lisa Bielawa is an absolute genius so Im pretty proud to be working on this.
“Tempelhof Broadcast” brings together hundreds of musicians in a large-scale spatial acoustic musical celebration in and about Tempelhofer Park in Berlin, composed by American composer Lisa Bielawa.The 60-minute piece will be composed expressly for performance on the tarmac of the former Tempelhof Airport.
I just created this logo and identity system for Ventes Privées. VP is the super luxe division of De Beers diamonds. They sell very very rare gems to a super chic clientele. This was a really exciting project as it was really fun to create a modern diamond graphic. The website will be launching so, so in the meantime check out some of the pages and the identity system.
Here is a new project that is currently in progress. Tim Saputo, who designs with me quite often, and I are creating and entirely new brand identity for this Williamsburg restaurant. We are in the process of doing a whole new identity package as well as a menu system, coasters. matchbooks (my fave- I have a huge collection of them). Here is a sneak peek. CHECK OUT how fun the kids menu is, there is a little “hidden” french elf!
I have just sent the one of coolest projects I’ve ever done to print. I know I say this ALL the time, but this time it was magic! It’s a exhibition catalogue/book for Yvon Lambert’s artist Nick Van Woert. Nick handed me a 1960′s manual from the US Military titled “EXPLOSIVES and DEMOLITIONS” and said to use it as inspiration for the design of this book. I mean if you know me even a little you know and this was a dream for me. This is just a small taste of the book, please let me show you the book in person, and while your waiting for us to meet carefully examine Nick’s site fourteensquarefeet.com He is absolutely brilliant and I’m quite proud to have worked with him.
I have been working for Lisa for more than 13 years and the we have explored using maps both minute and grand, and now from outer space. I created new continents and land masses by making digital collages of surveys taken by satellites by the US government. Fun!. The concept for this music is beyond cool.”Lisa Bielawa’s “Chance Encounter,” a captivating half-hour piece for singer and ensemble, is made to be heard in a public place, with the musicians arriving at different times and moving about as they perform. Bielawa and the soprano Susan Narucki created the text by transcribing remarks they’d overheard in transient spaces and culling them into a mini-drama of nostalgia (“Where are all the things that I remember?”), conflict (“Do you solve everything by crying?”), existential dread (“Nothing has happened, nothing will happen”), and the eternal search (“We need to know where the party is”). The concept is playful, yet the formal sophistication and lyrical richness of Bielawa’s music go deep.” - From THE NEW YORKER
For the Peter Saul show at Haunch of Venison I was asked to create and ad campaign, banners for the lobby at HOV and Christie’s auction house, huge poster sized invites, as well as a large format case-bound book. I did a PURPLE metallic foil on a dark navy tight-weave cloth. How often does a designer get to use purple in this way? Never! So I was really excited when Emilio Steinberger, the Director, was into it as well. I’d love to show you the book in person so give me a call and Ill lets have a coffee and I’ll show it to you. I really proud of this one. HOV has really given me free reign and it’s pushed me to really create some of my best work. Thanks Emilio and HOV!
It’s so rare to be able to be emersed in such an excellent time period like I was for this exhibit. It was an absolute blast to do. We got to pick fantastic colors for the decks and walls of the vitrines and create huge photo blow-ups and super-graphics. The archives I went through to find the images were really phenominal. I worked closely with the lender for this exhibit, Mario Pulice, who was amazing to work with. Check out the type and lit cases which were my two favorite parts of this show. The exhibition will be up at the Seaport Museum New York for the next few months.
I created this bright yellow de-bossed exhibition catalogue for Gallery Seomi in Korea. The catalogue shows 5 of Enrico Castllani’s new works created especially for this show which was in conjunction 2010 Praemium Imperiale Culture Award from the Japan Art Association in Tokyo. Castellani was given this award by the Emperor of Japan. Hans-Ulrich Obrist wrote the essay. Pretty exciting! Again this is another project you really need to see and feel in person.=
You may already know how much I love having a brand new tight haircut, so it will not be a surprise to see the new cards and logo I did for my favorite barber shop. Mike and Danny at East 6th Street Barbers are by far the best and coolest barbers in Manhattan and believe me I’ve been to every shop in town. Not only are they meticulous barbers but they are a total blast to talk to. The only downside to doing this job is that now I can’t bust their chops about their lousy graphics every Friday at my standing appointment – I’ll just have to say how awesome everything looks. Shucks.
These are some of the design materials that went along with the new exhibit: DECODENCE / Legendary Interiors and Illustrious Travelers Aboard The S.S. Normandie, which I did exhibition design for as well with Sandra Hirshkowitz, for the Seaport Museum. I did everything from a capsule website for the exhibit to advertising and custom wallpaper for our partners Lalique and Jeremy Scott. Take a look at this snapshot of the varied graphics created.