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New Work: Taiwan Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale

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Domesticity is perhaps one of the most fundamental beginnings of architecture—realized as bedrooms, dining rooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms, etc.—each devoted to a programmatic specificity. The Taiwan Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale explores the idea of private domesticity inverted as public space in the exhibition Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan. Curated and designed by the noted architect Jimenez Lai, the pavilion is a collection of nine small houses, each embodying one domestic program. Pentagram’s Natasha Jen and her team have designed an identity for the exhibition that showcases the theme in a lively mix of colorful graphics and custom typography, both in English and Chinese.

Lai’s pavilion design is a response to the official Biennale theme of “Fundamentals,” set out by the Biennale’s chief curator, Rem Koolhaas. Scattered within the gallery of the Palazzo delle Prigioni, the pavilion’s collection of small houses forms an interior township of misfit parts. Each structure stands for one domestic activity or program, such as the House of Sleep (the bedroom), the House of Social Eating (the dining room), the House of Shit (the bathroom), and so on. The various houses are embodied by frame-like, freestanding structures that Lai calls “superfurniture.”

OfficeUS Opens at the Venice Architecture Biennale

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OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, opened on June 7 with an identity, environmental graphics and publications designed by Pentagram’s Natasha Jen and team. Conceived as a working architecture office, the installation explores the ways in which U.S. architectural practice has influenced the discipline worldwide over the past 100 years. Jen’s identity for the Pavilion provides a dynamic visual language that is built out of the simple efficiency of office culture.

Jen worked on the project as part of a team organized by the Storefront for Art and Architecture in collaboration with PRAXIS Journal, and with research lead by the MIT Department of Architecture. The group was selected by the U.S. Department of State to represent the U.S. at the Biennale. The New York-based architecture firm Leong Leong developed the Pavilion design.

Awards: Society for Experiential Graphic Design 2014

This past weekend, the Society for Experiential Graphic Design held its 2014 SEGD Conference in Atlanta, where it announced the winners of the annual SEGD Design Awards. The themes of the conference, “Convergence” and “Crossing Lines,” are core concepts in several of our projects that were awarded by SEGD this year.

Michael Bierut’s graphics for Stairwell B at the Museum of the City of New York received an Honor Award as part of the museum’s full renovation by Ennead Architects. Abbott Miller received a Merit Award for “A Beautiful Way to Go,” an exhibition at MCNY commemorating Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery. Paula Scher also received a Merit Award for her redesign of the Public Theater lobby, another collaboration with Ennead that includes interior environmental graphics and a revitalized exterior façade.

Thanks to all of our designers, clients, and teams for the great work!

Daniel Weil’s Time Machines Opens at the Design Museum

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“Dense, inventive, chaotic, cerebral, surprising and fun” is how Michael Bierut describes fellow partner Daniel Weil’s exhibition, which opened last night at the Design Museum and was celebrated by all 19 global partners and friends of Pentagram.

Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the art of design is a cross-section of 30 years of design process and projects showing influences, inspiration and the action of designing. The show is curated by Martina Margetts, Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies, Royal College of Art, who has worked closely with Daniel over recent months to decode his creative instincts and outputs and tell his story. The product of their forensic process of sifting, sorting and surfacing is now laid out for all to enjoy until August 25.“The exhibition is a glimpse into a creative world that very few have seen,” says Bierut. “It is a world you will be happy to visit.”

‘Century: 100 Years of Type and Design’ Opens at AIGA

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Type surrounds us everyday in countless forms—on screens and publications, on signs and buildings, on products and packaging—and in just as many varieties. Created by Pentagram’s Abbott Miller and produced and curated by Monotype, Century: 100 Years of Type and Design is a new exhibition at the AIGA National Design Center in New York that celebrates the incredible diversity of typefaces and their integral role in design over the past 100 years. Organized as part of AIGA’s centennial year, the show opened this week and will serve as the hub of two months of presentations, lectures, workshops and receptions.

Miller’s exhibition design for Century transforms the AIGA gallery into an immersive environment of typography. The walls and ceilings have been dotted with hundreds of typographic periods drawn from the Monotype library, and a pair of dynamic animations further express the variations of different typefaces. The design sets the stage for the remarkable host of artifacts on display, including rare works from the archives of leading design organizations including Monotype, AIGA, Pentagram, Mohawk Paper, the Type Directors Club, Condé Nast, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, the Type Archive, the Herb Lubalin Study Center at Cooper Union, Alan Kitching and the Museum of Printing.