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New Work: ‘Malformed’

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An unusual new book designed by Stu Taylor and partner DJ Stout in Pentagram’s Austin office comes out of the closet, literally, on December 2. Published by powerHouse Books, Malformed: Forgotten Brains of the Texas State Mental Hospital features still-life images of brains by Austin-based photographer Adam Voorhes with reporting and essays by Alex Hannaford.

“The book will be out just in time for those hard to shop for Christmas gifts,” quips Stout. “But seriously, these expertly crafted images may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think they are fascinating and beautiful in their own right.”

New Work: New City Books

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New City Books is a joint publishing imprint of the Syracuse University School of Architecture and Princeton Architectural Press that explores architecture, landscape architecture, infrastructure, and planning in the redevelopment of the civic realm. Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and his team have designed the series, which highlights the formative nature of innovative design and makes a case for strategies that spur widespread support of reurbanization in American cities.

While the five books in the series are united by the topical thread of urban redevelopment and design, the content of each book is highly specific in its own right. Rather than applying the same design elements across the series, each book is distinguished by its own set of display typefaces for titles, heading, and the body copy, as well as a unique spine color that alludes to the information within. The New City Books wordmark is set in the same typeface as the copy within the corresponding book.

New Work: The Artful Project

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Marina Willer and team have designed a pop-up gallery in an ice-cream van for The Artful Project.

The Artful Project is an online gallery that makes bold and original art work affordable to a new generation of buyers. The van is the gallery’s physical space, and represents their goal of making art accessible and attainable to everyone.

The van is coated in striking colours and patterns, which recreate the curiosity and delight that art can bring. It is designed to be loud and visible wherever it goes, whether it’s parked at the Frieze Art Fair or driving down the highway.

New Work: Café Royal

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Café Royal is an iconic London venue that has been a meeting and eating place for the avante garde for over a century. This year, it has reopened its doors as a luxury five-star hotel and private members club.

John Rushworth has developed the identity and collateral for the reimagined Café Royal, which takes into account its distinct history, as well as its contemporary renovation by architect, David Chipperfield.

New Work: Fulton Center

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Opening this Sunday, Fulton Center is a new transportation hub that will improve access and connections at the busiest subway interchange in Lower Manhattan. Located at the intersection of Fulton Street and Broadway, the Center provides a landmark gateway and transfer point for five major subway lines and 11 different trains served by the Fulton Street, Chambers Street–World Trade Center/Park Place and Cortlandt Street stations, as well as connections to the PATH system. The complex is projected to be used by 300,000 passengers daily and is also home to a new retail destination with shops and restaurants.

Working with the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and his team have designed an identity for Fulton Center that conveys its role as a transportation crossroads—and spotlights the unique artwork at its center.

World Chess Championships 2014

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The World Chess Championship begins today in Sochi. For the next 20 days, incumbent Magnus Carlsen of Norway, rated as the best player in history, and five-time World Champion Viswanthan Anand of India will be battling for the title.

The Match is being played over a maximum of twelve games, with the winner being the first to score 6.5 points or more. The match is seen as the last chance for Anand to recapture the title from 23-year old Carlsen, after losing to him in Chennai last year.

This is the second world championship that will be played with Daniel Weil’s World Chess set.

Throughout the Championship Pentagram will be sharing daily results on Twitter. Live coverage of the match can be found on FIDE’s website.

A limited number of World Chess Set are available for purchase here.

New Work: Second Home

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Pentagram partner Marina Willer and team have designed the brand identity for Second Home, a creative institution and workspace in Shoreditch, which provides private studios for fast-growing technology firms and entrepreneurs. Second Home is a curated community that brings together small companies and freelancers to foster new inventions, dialogues and partnerships.