Melissa is a shoe company based in Brazil that creates extraordinary plastic shoes. Over the past 36 years they have collaborated with Vivienne Westwood, Zaha Hadid, Karl Lagerfield and many others.
Their designs include a broad spectrum of shoes, from simple sandals to extravagant sculptural wedges. Consumed by a huge part of the population in Brazil, they have also found celebrity fans in Katy Perry, Anne Hathaway and Kate Moss.
Pentagram London’s resident Brazilian, Marina Willer and her team have created a summer campaign for the brand, here she explains her return to Rio.
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Marina Willer and team have created a new identity for Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, Richard Roger’s award winning architecture firm that, amongst others, has designed the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyd’s Building in London (which in 2011 became the youngest ever to be given Grade I-listed status), and the Stirling Prize winning Madrid Barajas Airport.
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Quick Link: I Give an X Featured in The Guardian
Only 65% of people voted in the last UK election, with a majority of non-voters being young people. In the run up to the General Election on 7 May 2015, Naresh Ramchandani, Marina Willer and their teams decided to combat this disengagement.
The result is I Give An X, a non-partisan, online campaign that asks people to visit the I Give An X website, pick an X to download and share as their profile picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #igiveanx. By living in social media, I Give An X has a relevance to younger voters and, by allowing them to wear a virtual badge of pride, the campaign can influence their social circles as well.
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Naresh Ramchandani explains how we came to make a short film about one of Britain’s most thoughtful, but lesser known, poets.
I don’t know about you, but my life affords me barely any time to think. The amount of attention I give to my family, my work and to my other duties and pleasures – all manifest through unending calls, meetings, texts, emails and to do lists which never seem to shorten – leaves me precious little time for contemplation. It wasn’t always so.
When I was younger, I used to consider the world around me, and notice things, and think things, such as no matter when you reach a place, your nose will have got there first, or the fact that a stopped clock will tell the right time twice a day. These were not idle thoughts but simple reflections on a world which I had time to attend to, be mindful of and curious about.
That’s why it was such a pleasure last year to discover a minor poet by the name of Henry Ponder, a man tweeting very short daily poems in which he contemplated his everyday world. Henry wrote about the restorative nature of sweeping a floor, and the brusqueness of the language of warning signs, and the inner-softness and vulnerability of a pain au raisin, and more. As I followed his poems, they became mini-mediations not just in his day but mine, reminding me think beyond my immediate preoccupations; reminding me to stop and smell life’s proverbial flowers.
I decided that this unknown poet deserved to be better known. I contacted him on Twitter and arranged to meet him. In person, he was a small, shy man shy with unkempt hair and thick-rimmed glasses. When I suggested the idea of making a very short film about him, he thought for a while, and then said “That would be kind.”
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Founded in 1962 on humanitarian principles, Al-Dabbagh is a family-run organisation with a unique philosophy that balances earning with philanthropy to deliver impact and scale for the greater good. Having set targets for 2020, Al-Dabbagh asked Naresh Ramchandani and Domenic Lippa to create a film to communicate its unique ecosystem and ambitions.
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A video of the making of the WITNESS wall in East London
Earlier this year, Harry Pearce and team worked with six street artists to create an outdoor mural celebrating human rights activists around the world. In celebration of Human Rights Day, we’re releasing a behind-the-scenes video of the making of the wall.
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Quick Link: DJ Stout Talks About Design and His Texas Heritage at Creative Mornings (Video)
Pentagram’s Lorenzo Apicella gives his thoughtful perspective on architecture expressed through the branches and buildings he has created for M&T Bank. Apicella reflects on how a commissioned building needs to service both the organisation for which it is created and the environment in which it lives.
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When Mothercare approached Daniel Weil for help with a new feeding range, he proposed an unusual solution. In a category dominated by engineering advances, Weil began the project with a study of parenting across the last four decades to find a human context. His research led to discovery, invention and ultimately a new baby bottle design.
Read more about Daniel’s designs here.