Pop Culture meets Philosophy: The Periodikum No. 1 / Spring 2019
"Six Poetical and Dialogical Strategies" is a five year investigation on the human condition and the unconscious, presented as a limited edition magazine consisting of six codices, showcased in a gothic-rose-window-inspired glass box. Featuring Thaddaeus Ropac, Susan MacWilliam, Dagmar Frinta, Yehuda Safran, Nicholas Alan Cope et al.
J'étais comme un enfant, j'ai toujours voulu que cette personnalité extraordinaire ne quitte jamais notre planète. Karl seemed immortal to us. What always has inspired us was how Karl managed to live the archetype of the creative to its fullest and represented it as the most natural thing in the world. He lived for everything that unites us creatives and makes this life task so beautiful: an immense curiosity, imagination that passes on to others, the passion and need for knowledge, a constant evolution and the great inner fire for what one does. Nous vous remercions de tout cœur.
a recent library find
Periodikum magazine in the making
Our new calendar & notebook set 2019 is available now at designshop MQ POINT at Museumsquartier, Vienna and at the online department store of People Of print, London.
English or German version available, eco-friendly tinted paper in different colours from the Austrian paper mill Mondi-Neusiedler, offset printing, open stitch binding, format A6 (10,5 x 14,8 cm), the set includes a bookmark ruler that measures in centimeters and inch. Designed and produced in Austria.
one of six phenomenons in upcoming PERIODIKUM magazine
"6 Poetical and Dialogical Strategies"
Inspiring details from Domenico Veneziano's "Adorazione dei Magi", early Renaissance (ca. 1440), Florence
Roy Lichtenstein, Pyramid, 1968
Summer childhood memories of 1988. (playing that record all day long)
Im Nin'alu" is a 17th-century Hebrew poem that has been set to music and was first performed by Ofra Haza, appearing on television in 1978. This remixed version became a huge hit in Europe and the US in the summer of '88.
Ofra Haza, Im Nin'alu, 1988
The architecture parlante of Étienne-Louis Boullée: the Cenotaph for Isaac Newton (1784). Anybody out there who wants to build it?
The New Towers of Babel
We're working on a book which will be published in addition to our Blog On Paper magazine 6 POETICAL & DIALOGICAL STRATEGIES. The Tower deals with the transcendental realm of the Skyscraper, based on the topos of the Babylonian tower.
SUPERSTUDIO — The Continuous Monument
The radical design collective Superstudio was founded in 1966 in Florence and held a major part in the architecture movement of the late 1960s. Superstudio’s Continuous Monument and the Twelve Ideal Cities used negative point with critical intent – an architectural model for total urbanization.
English and German version available. Our calendar is made out of eco-friendly tinted paper and 13 different colours. Format A6, open stitch binding, 104 quotes and plenty of room for notes. A silver bookmark ruler is included too! Available at MQ Point / Museumsquartier Vienna, People of Print / Department Store London and Verlag für Moderne Kunst.
The 100 Issue
EIKON magazine celebrated its 100th issue for which Jutta created three iconic covers each featuring a winner of the Eikon Award (45+) – dedicated to women photographers and multimedia artists aged 45 and older. Congratulations to Susan MacWilliam, Katrín Elvarsdóttir, and Gabriele Rothemann!
Aldo Rossi by Thomas Tsang
Le Mépris et Capri
Photos: the Faraglioni image was taken with a Canon AT–1 in 2005, the above image is a film still from Le Mépris (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963) with Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot on the rooftop of Casa Malaparte.
Gianni Colombo, Bariestesia, 1975
Maquette, painted wood; 51,5 x 21,8 x 17 cm
Archivio Gianni Colombo, Milano
YOICHI OHIRA "Marmo verde e l'avventurina" Vase, 2000
Gallery Barry Friedman, New York
Landscapes transformed and dissolved into their CMYK data for the new BIO TOP 3® swatch book.
In fall 2016 Mondi Group asked us to create a new paper swatch for their well-known eco-friendly brand BIO TOP 3®, which is in its 28th year on the market. BIO TOP 3®’s versatility and its natural shade inspired us to create a multidimensional swatch book that consists of a practical part showing the versatility of applications in a visual approachable way, and an emotional part – a detachable book – featuring the most fascinating landscapes on earth and its sublime colour shades that pay tribute to BIO TOP 3®’s natural shade. Now available in Europe mondigroup.com
Temple of Horus, Edfu / Egypt
Photograph by Roger Viollet, 1957
A I W A / QQ N TRY
Spool's Out Vol. 1: now—ever
A I W A, QQ N TRY, 2017
Capture from a recreative video shoot
Wood design that we adore!
Seen at MoMA Shop
10 Years Vienna Design Week — A Magazine
10 days, 10 design studios, 10 double spreads. Vienna Design Week (special thanks to Elli Schindler) invited us to turn our festival impressions into a double spread for the limited edition anniversary magazine.
Our observations on the festival involved spatial position, time, and object that are reconfiguring themselves. Like spatial position, TEMPORALITY is an intrinsic property of the object. INTENTIONALITY can be defined as the "aboutness" or "directedness" of one's mental states or acts (in reflection on Edmund Husserl and Franz Brentano) – e.g. in the act of creation.
Seeing, Illusion, Brain and Mind
For some time, we've been working on a very exciting project that involves the interaction of color and explores visual phenomena – more news to come!
Le Corbusier—Rooftop of La Cité Radieuse, Marseille
New photography work made in France: 'Antichambre'
Aphrodite's Child was a Greek progressive band formed in 1967 by Vangelis Papathanassiou, Demis Roussos, Loukas Sideras, and Silver Koulouris. The Four Horsemen track is part of their experimental third and last album.
The Malwiya Tower, Great Mosque of Samarra, Iraq
We are fascinated by the spiral architecture of this ninth-century minaret that we find is reminiscent of the basic concept of the tower of Babel
The new book about contemporary photography, we're designing for EIKON, will be out very soon. Slipcase containing five books featuring Thomas Ruff, Taryn Simon, Matthias Hoch, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs and many others. Curated by the likes of Abigail Salomon-Godeau and Urs Stahel amongst others.
Preview of our notebook series
We're inspired by sublime
minerals and stones
EIKON—International Magazine for Photography and Media Art.
This month we are starting with the design of "5x5 Photo Tracks" – the extensive publication about the last 25 years of photography, published by EIKON. Join us for the launch party June 6th 2016!
New York New York. We love hanging around for hours with a sketchbook in the MAD (Museum of Arts and Design), though we don't love in particular Columbus Circle. This photograph, taken by Thomas Struth, shows the museum building at 2 Columbus Circle back in 1978. By now the building has dramatically changed, and not for good... the design was significantly altered, including modifying its facade. Thanks to Thomas Struth for capturing the original spirit of this unique building that we adore so much on his photograph.
Desktop Series #7
After giving a lecture at Hyper Island in Stockholm, I took the opportunity to pursue my addiction for books and magazines and luckily found well-assorted PaperCut Store, located in Södermalm. Shown above is a spread of Tissue Magazine featuring photographer Jonas Lindstroem whose work we've been monitoring for quite some time.
Model No. 3125 / Oriente Series by Aureliano Toso exhibited at the XXVI Biennale of Venice in 1952.
EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art
The new EIKON#91 is out now! Designed by Say Say Say, Inc., this issue features the amazing photographer couple Tayio Onorato & Nico Krebs as well as Tobias Zielony amongst others, whose installation we just viewed at the Venice Biennale. eikon.at
Archaic is the new contemporary
While doing research on ancient places and cults in Southern Italy for an editorial shoot, all the archaic elements we came across felt exceptional contemporary to us. The image shown above is a scan of a model by Louis I. Kahn whose Architecture hits the nerve of time.
Hello Pop Culture!
We love this photograph of young Kim Cattrall –
great light, great colors. C'est encore en vogue, ma chérie!
Things we've seen at the Venice Biennale
Swiss Pavilion / Pamela Rosenkranz
Rosenkranz isolates the large interior space with plastics, filling it with a monochrome liquid mass matching a standardized northern European skin-tone. This Eurocentric skin color, reminiscent of the "carnate" used in Renaissance painting to render the visual qualities of human flesh, is employed in today's advertising industry as a proven way to physically enhance attention.
Italian Pavilion / Vanessa Beecroft
For the installation 'le membre fantôme', Vanessa Beecroft takes us back to the classical language of sculpture through a conceptual perspective, leading us towards an intimate gallery room inhabited by timeless statuary. Beecroft presents a scene that is visible only at a distance, where the viewer must look through a crevice carved out of two marble walls.
Earlier this year we were asked to take over Art Direction
and Design for EIKON magazine. As photography addicts c´est un plaisir par excellence working on the magazine which has been published for more than twenty years now. Our first issue with Christopher Williams' cock on the cover is out now: www.eikon.at
A big Thank You to the amazing EIKON editors!
The trouble with the German pavilion in Venice.
but what to do about the so-called "nazi" pavilion?
Uwe Schroeder's proposal, which mixes historic forms
in a fascinatingly weird Boullée-Botta-Piranesi collage,
let us inhale something nouveaux...
We are addicted to this amazing material we've used for the signage system in Electric Avenue in the Viennese Museumsquartier. We are currently working on a shooting concept blending in these pixels with facial features...
Waiting for Kate
We love this ironical/satirical image taken by photographer couple Inez & Vinoodh in 2001. It was published in the 2014 fall issue "Fashion" of Aperture Magazine.
La French Connection
Pour la deuxième fois la graphiste Française, Stéphanie Baron, travaille avec nous dans notre Studio Viennois. Bienvenue à Vienne, Stéphanie!
Stéphanie est diplômée de l'ESAD Orléans. Dans le cadre de
son diplôme, elle a créé une typographie vivante et organique. Éclosion est une typographie née du procédé de la marbrure contraint (par l'utilisation d'un pochoir) à une forme pré-existante.
Nicholas Alan Cope & Blog On Paper Magazine
We are very excited to have Nicholas Alan Cope as the main contributing photographer for Blog On Paper Magazine. Cope's architectural photography has caught our attention a few years ago and it remained always exceptional for us. In the meanwhile the L.A. based photographer was discovered by the likes of Carine Roitfeld and Christian Dior. Wallpaper just published the Vault House by Johnston Markle who is winner of the Wallpaper Design Awards 2015 in category best private house. Shot by Nicholas Alan Cope. Amazing building and photography! We can't wait to see Nicholas' extraordinary photography in our limited-edition Blog On Paper Magazine which will include as well a free artist poster of one of Nicholas's "L.A. Architecture" shots. Walter Schupfer Management
Introducing Pergraphica. Paper for Perfectionists.
In 2014 we were asked by international Paper Manufacturer Mondi Group to develop a Brand Name and Identity Design for their new multifunctional high premium paper. The brand name Pergraphica®, which derives from the latin-origin Pergraphicus (most exquisite and very skillful) was born and meets perfectly the multifunctional skills of the paper. Pergraphica represents as well the connection to arts and graphics; it's the perfect paper to achieve extraordinary printing results of imagery and colorful graphics because of it's pigmented surface.
The signet acts as a reference to watermark signs which were used by paper mills in the past to distinguish their quality paper from replicas. The sublogo was created as a modern watermark which is building a connection to the history of paper manufacture. The hand-drawn abstract flower is inspired by south-African Mondia Whitei, Mondi Group's name patron, and is referring to the company's strong environmental awareness and its sustainable products.
Erieta Attali, The Architectural Photographer
We had the great pleasure to collaborate with internationally acclaimed Architectural Photographer Erieta Attali to create a customized new web appearance for her outstanding photography. www.erietaattali.com
New custom Typefaces
Book Presentation at Steven Holl Architects, NYC
We are very honored that our manifesto book we've designed for Italian Architect Paola Iacucci will be presented by Steven Holl himself, December 5th at 6pm at Steven Holl Architects, the NY offices – 450 West 31st Street!
A Light through Architecture | Luce attraverso una Architettura, Paola Iacucci, 536 pages, Italian/English, two volumes in translucent slipcase with white silkscreen-printing. The two parts of this book, The Book of the East and The Book of the West, investigate the subtle relation of void and solid in architecture in two different worlds.
Now available at Schlebruegge.Editor, IPG Books (US), John Rule Art Books (UK) and Amazon.
Vienna Art Week 2014
We've just finished our sparkling signage "the running mindmap" for Electric Avenue in the Viennese Museumsquartier.
In collaboration with eSeL, who came up with the idea, we've created an alternative signage system which leads down the Electric Avenue of the quartier21 during VIENNA ART WEEK 2014: the "Running Mindmap" contains quotes, hints and cross references providing insight into the worlds of work and thought of the institutions located in the Electric Avenue. The dialog unwinding through these direct quotes and insider perspectives expands into the virtual space via QR codes and hashtags; in this way the networking of q21 users becomes visible both on site and online.
Interview Museumsquartier (in German)
I went to Strand bookstore yesterday and found an inspiring book (out of print!) about photography in Vogue from the 60s, 70s and 80s. This image by Irving Penn seems so up-to-date but it actually dates back to 1965.
Graphic designer Margherita Rossi flew in from Italy almost promptly to work with us for a month in our NY Studio. Margherita has been working for Wallpaper Magazine and Vogue in London and she is a former student of the School of Visual Arts
in New York.
Dear Margherita, thank you for your truly great contributions
and help and the deep conversations.
Bombardement des Sensations
The architecture critic and writer Yehuda Safran invited us to attend his well-known class 12 dialogical and poetic strategies at Columbia University, School for Architecture And Planning this fall. These brilliant lectures inspired us to create a book object unifying our philosophical views on New York City and Yehuda's poetic visions. And all is now!
NY Desktop Series #6
from left to right
lookbook schmidttakahashi __ Gotham City's King Kong __ Monograph Brancusi __ Aperture Magazine Fall 2014 "Fashion"
guest editors Inez & Vinoodh __ Woman Magazine, Paris New York __ CRFashionbook FW14 __ leaflet Colophon Foundry __ Tunica Magazine, Brooklyn __ sunglasses found at Hell's Kitchen Flea Market __ Foam Magazine exhibition folder "New Positions in American Photography"__ Newspaper from Chinatown
Before the show
I had to take this picture of the amazing view from 54th floor of 4 World Trade Center where Hugo Boss Women SS15 was shown today.
Work in Progress
We were experimenting a lot with different materials lately for a new project and fell in love with funny plasticine.
French Desktop Series #1
from left to right
Art Déco postcard Monte Carlo
Thé au Sahara, Mariages Frères
"Palme de Chine", vintage postcard
Tropical laquer box with black velvet lining
Marseille, Wallpaper Guide
La Vagabonde, Colette
Hourglass & pineapple object, Zara Home
"Happy Hours", Illustration Jean Lecointre
Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée,
Photo Man Sullivan
On s'en va en vacances!
Not just Another City
We love the many modernist buildings in Marseille. The most famous one is Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse with its breathtaking rooftop view over Marseille and the Mediterranean. Since last year French designer Ora Ito is inviting artists to "take over" the space for a certain time. This year's installation of Daniel Buren is on view June 30th to September 30th. mamo.fr
St. Tropez & Brigitte Bardot
The song St. Tropez by Francis Lai / performed by Brigitte Bardot is part of the album "In Flight Entertainment" from 1996. It's a great compilation of Easy Listening music which experienced a revival in the mid-nineties when Grunge was exploited and we all were yearning for some glamorous sounds reminiscing about extravagant movies of the 50s.
Brigitte Bardot, St. Tropez
La Cité étrange / ParisIlya et Emilia Kabakov
On the very last day of the strange city we went to the Grand Palais to see this extraordinary installation of Russian couple Kabakov for Monumenta 2014. The artists have taken up the Monumenta challenge with the creation of a utopian and mysterious city, both monumental yet intimate. The installation is inspired from the Renaissance, Romanticism and modern science, and is the synthesis of a long artistic career.
La première fois pour nous: en TGV de Marseille à Paris.
En trois heures. Vraiment formidable!
On adore ces cartes postales Art Déco des années 1920
qu'on trouve partout ici dans le sud. Si la route Marseille – Paris en TGV existerait à l'époque, l'illustrateur Parisien
Roger Broders ferait une affiche aussi extraordinaire.
The Say Say Say's sur Mer
After a very busy time in Vienna (many thanks to our intern Marianne, who handled the stress with grace) the Say Say Say’s have moved their Studio to the south of France for the next five weeks. We are based at the French Riviera, collaborating with New York BAU Institute's Artist-In-Residence program at Camargo Foundation in Cassis whose campus is overlooking the Mediterranean Sea – just incredibly beautiful. Surrounded by writers, composers, and visual artists, we are pleased to work on a new typeface, a branding, an installation, Blog On Paper Magazine, and last but not least TICKY, our super simple time tracking tool which will be launched in 2015.
Paper Manufacturer Mondi Group asked us to create a 25th Anniversary logo for their environmental paper "Bio Top 3" – as well as a set of four charming birthday cards that were sent out as a very special gift. We were quite into this Birthday issue lately as we were celebrating our Birthdays just as well in April and May. We envisioned a tropical garden with pineapples, a Miami Flamingo surrounded by hand-written typography all stamped in a very freaky silver foil, a hand-made marbled wrapping paper and – as you can see above – a très french illustration which is blind-embossed additionally. Our families will receive those cards probably for the next ten years...
Actuellement j'adore ce song de White Poppy (Crystal Dorval / Vancouver / Not Not Fun Records). It reminds me of early Cocteau Twins and The Chameleons and that's a very nice mix.
White Poppy, Wear Me Away, 2013
The Say Say Say's published by DiePresse, Vienna
Newspaper DiePresse published our mural painting
"Fear is not an Option".
To see our design click here
Our new love: marble
We were experimenting with marbled paper lately for our magazine Blog On Paper and felt that it's the time for reinventing this classical material and it's beautiful pattern.
It reminded us how moved we were when visiting Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavillon with the amazing onyx marble wall. The modern constructivist era in graphic design is about coming to an end and there is this appetite for more rounded shapes or even psychedelic forms and the marble pattern combines that perfectly.
Prada & Marni SS/14
photographed by Californian couple Julia Galdo & Cody Cloud for Paper Magazine / styling Shirley Kurata, Set Design Adi Goodrich
Luce attraverso una architettura
Gerold Tusch, Artist
It was a great pleasure to meet Gerold Tusch in his amazing atelier last Friday in Salzburg, Austria. We were working on a particular moving image for his website and did a lot of experiments with different ceramic objects in the atelier. Gerold Tusch is known for his large-format ceramic installations (recently shown at Belvedere in Vienna) and subtle gestures and mix of materials within his preferred ceramic substance.
Art Cars at Art Basel Miami
The link between cars and art has always been strong. While the Italian Futurists — perhaps the first movement to really engage with the rapid motorisation of the world — hailed the vision of speed, chaos, dust and destruction the motor car promised, others have embraced it for purely sybaritic reasons...
Tropical Bari Airport
Our new Studio! The Glass Farmhouse, NYC
Please note our new address:
Studio 448 / 448 west 37 St, 8th Floor, NY, New York 10018
The Viennese Studio address remains the same.
3 Days in paris
New catalogue for Artist Gabriele Chiari. The cover is made
out of industrial chipboard with coppery hot foil stamping on
the front, the core starts with delicate thin paper of 40g/m2
that enwraps the painting section which is printed on special treated fine paper. The catalogue was presented a week ago at Galerie Bernard Jordan during the 3 Days in Paris event.
Les Reines Prochaines from Switzerland
It was all about political statements, rebellion against
the bourgeois society and, last but not least, about feminist aesthetics and action. All of the founders are visual artists
and created music by chopping vegetables for a soup, singing
and putting together some synthesizer sounds.
I came across Les Reines Prochaines while working for the Swiss/French Designer Ruedi Baur in Paris and at the weekends
I would wander around the beautiful but weird Père Lachaise listening to this song all the time. It's a hilarious persiflage but at the same time quite serious. And of course
I adored Helena Christensen during the supermodel era of the 90s in the music video of the original song by Chris Isaak...
Les Reines Prochaines, Opfer dieses Liedes, 1993
Monica Vitti & Alain Delon by Antonioni
We are very moved by Antonioni's trilogy on modernity
and its discontents: L'Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961)
and L'Eclisse (1962). Watching those films is always
such an inspirational experience.
Vienna Art Week 2013 Kunst & Spielen feat. Say Say Say, Inc. &Herr Mensch Mayer
Sunday, November 24th from 5pm:
open community meeting for digital and analog gaming
in the Electric Avenue / quartier21, Museumsquartier.
Vienna Art Week
Photo of cat: Jeux pour chat (Game for cat),
Icosahedron, Radi Designers , Paris 1998
Test du marquage à chaud sur carton pour la couverture du catalogue "Mécanique du Fluide" de Gabriele Chiari. On trouve que ça marche très bien!
La femme New Yorkaise
One of my favorite photos. Very Helmut Newton.
Shot by Txema Yeste for Qvest Magazine in 2009.
We met New York Artist Dagmar Frinta in Italy at Bau Institute's
Artist in Residence program where she was working on book n° 4. The notebooks began with an invitation for a group show at Printed Matter, our most favorite bookshop in NYC.
La mécanique du fluide
WRITE ON WATCH
We love this write-on digital watch we brought from NYC
earlier this year. (Streamline Inc., 5$)
Bye Paris! Hello Vienna!
We are back in Vienna working all July in our Studio
in the Electric Avenue of the Viennese Museumsquartier.
Oh Yeah, NYC!
We came across those posters put onto walls of cultural institutions in Paris. It turned out to be an imaginary
line-up of the famous Central Park Summerstage in New York.
We still don't know the Artist – any suggestions?
On adore ce photo!
C’est tout simple, mais c’est sympa.
The Say Say Say's in Paris
We were invited to the Hermès Foundation opening at Palais de Tokyo where the Artist Gabriele Chiari showed her fantastic woven watercolors which she developed in collaboration with the Parisian Fashion House.
The Hermès exhibition was part of the Nouvelle Vague opening which took place all around the Palais de Tokyo and Paris. After travelling that much we needed to get a rest at the Café in the Palais surrounded by nice colors...
Gianni Sirch at BAU Institutein Italy
It was a pleasure to meet Gianni Sirch at Bau Institute in Otranto last week. Gianni Sirch is an art historian, critic and filmmaker who combines interests in contemporary art and visual anthropology. We were honored to attend the screening of his outstanding documentary "My Private Zoo" which deals with post-apartheid condition in the townships in South Africa.
A must-see documentary!
My Private Zoo Trailer
Graphic Design(Can sometimes be)a Boys club.
A few months ago I got an interview request from Sophie Balch and Fanny Wacklin Nilsson – two Graphic Designers from Brighton, UK – to answer questions about the role of female designers in contemporary graphic design. As I have been studying the gender issue in our domain for quite a while I was very delighted to contribute my personal experiences and thoughts.
Dear male readers: it is not about feminism, it is about equality. Those things are happening in an unconscious way. Of course you do not notice immediately. We all just want to work together and have fun!
Sophie Balch and Fanny Wacklin Nilsson:
"Through university we noticed that male designers were a lot more prominent than women. Interested in why this was, we began asking successful female designers questions such as “Why are there fewer ‘famous’ female graphic designers?” to gain perspective from people who are experienced working in a male dominated industry. The gathered content is a starting point for an ongoing discussion as well a celebration of female designers. The unconventionally large size of the publication actively asks the reader to engage with the material by piecing A3 pages together to assemble a larger editorial piece, illustrating the idea of reading the bigger picture. Printed on a risograph and digitally."
Italian Desktop Series#1
Il Signor Rossi cerca la felicità
The Say Say Say's in Italy
We are currently assisting New York B.A.U. Institute
on its Artist-In-Residency program in Otranto, Italy. www.bauinstitute.org
Bonjour Paris, Goodbye New York
De retour à Paris j'ai rencontré la photographe Nathalie Malric, qui est fondatrice et rédactrice en chef de PEUTÊTRE MAGAZINE.
J' ai eu le sentiment que j' ai rencontré finalement quelqu'un qui est obsessive et passionée par son métier comme moi.
Ny desktop series#5
I went to sample sale of CONFETTISYSTEM lately and got the Party Party Paper Diamond which is featured also in our Mondi Lookbook. Confettisystem are Julie Ho and Nicholas Andersen,
a NYC based duo working as Artists, Stylists and Designers.
MARY MEYER is a Brooklyn based fashion designer whose clothing is handmade there as well.
I had to buy the latest issue of ACNE PAPER.. it's called the Manhattan Issue. There were three covers and of course I got the one with Mikhail Baryshnikov.
LAURA is the Zine of Jared Leon & Johanna Heldebro who have been publishing it for 3 years now. It all started in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where many things were going on at that time and Jared and Johanna tried to capture this flow in their magazine.
CLOG MAGAZINE'S February 13 issue is about Brutalism which is a defining architectural style of the post-war era – characterised by severe, abstract geometries and the use of cast concrete, block and brick.
The citiest of all cities
"It's good to be back, right?" – a very young kid on a skateboard shouted out to me the other day when crossing a street in Manhattan. I totally agree.
The Bio Top 3 Lookbook
Copies of freshly printed limited edition lookbook arrived last week at our Studio in Vienna. We are so happy to see our final work but most of all we are overwhelmed by receiving such positive and nice reaction of contributors who just got their copy and emailed us straight away.
A very big Thank-You to all contributors:
Nicholas Alan Cope @ Walter Schupfer Management Museum of Arts and Design New York Frank Huelsboemer confettisystem Javier Tles Natures Of Conflict Jacquemus Audrey Corregan Freya Rabet Baartmans and Siegel Yosef Peretz Michael Oats Djordje Jovanovic Gabriele Chiari Andrea Witzmann Tina Lechner Patrick Morgan Henri J. Sillam Haute Joaillerie Ortigia Sicily Uniform Wares Gali Grinspan Nowhere Resorts / Yasutaka Yoshimura Tito Mouraz The Royal Horticultural Society Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie Dessau Keta Gutmane & Blank Blank Tsumori Chisato Nathalie Malric Iacoli & McAllister Liliana Ovalle Imaginary Office Alberto Biagetti Martino Gamper Present & Correct Peter Zumthor & Louise Bourgeois Ladurée Paris Zaha Hadid Architects
From Our Record Collection
We really like the new album "Wait to Pleasure" of Canadian shoegazing band No Joy.
It just came out and we went to Other Music to get a vinyl copy of limited edition release. Other Music: "Compared to most of the other shoegaze revivalists of recent, No Joy's new album really does sound like it could have been released in the early '90s"
No Joy, Blue Neck Riviera, 2013
The cosmopolitan Landscape
New York City; the last weeks we met regularly with ueber-talented architectural photographer and cosmopolitan Erieta Attali whose images of the most visionary, contemporary architecture around the globe are transcendent to us.
We are very happy to develop and design a new identity and website for Erieta who has been working as photographer for Richard Meier, Toyo Ito, Steven Holl, Tadao Ando – just to point out a few. As serious as that all sounds, we are always ending up giggling like kids when we meet with Erieta. Maybe it's because she brings Champaign to our reunions...
Ny desktop series#4
In NYC, I'm always stopping by at PRINTED MATTER, INC., which is – according to their website – the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by Artists. They also organize the NY ART BOOK FAIR. This time I got the magazine TOILET PAPER (which is spread on the photo above), the art magazine KALEIDOSKOPE and a newsprint specimen of COLOPHON FOUNDRY. I stayed over two hours in the store. It's like going to a museum where you actually can buy everything.
There's the program of the BARYSHNIKOV ARTS CENTER NYC (the one in fluorescent color) whose building is right next to ours. Last week I was smoking a cigarette downstairs and realized that Mikhail Baryshnikov himself was standing next to me smoking a cigarette too. I just enrolled for ballet class here in NYC and was telling myself to cut down cigarette consumption but when the greatest ballet dancer ever is smoking a cigarette right beside you, your intentions are suddenly gone. I'm doing well at ballet class by the way.
I always get attention when wearing this self-made necklace (above) inspired by plumbers and sailors. HENRI J. SILLAM, our Haute Joaillerie client, would wrinkle his nose in complete disgust. But I have to say that Building Supplies Stores are a very sophisticated inspiration source. I really can recommend going there!
New York, mon Amour
De retour à New York for the next two months! We are working on Blog On Paper Magazine and the completion of Architect Paola Iacucci's manifesto book. I'm very happy to meet Yehuda Safran, who is contributing to the book, next week in his NY studio. Yehuda just developed the Adolf Loos exhibition at the Viennese MAK which opened on March 13th.
We met charismatic photographer Meinrad Hofer in New York City a year ago and became friends instantly. I remember having many cups of tea together in our kitchen in Hell's Kitchen with the Empire building in view, discussing the website in every detail. We all came up with the idea that it would be amazing for a photographer being able to arrange photos differently thus creating a customized portfolio for each viewer. By arranging those photo portfolios, as Meinrad wants them to be seen by a client, an url is being generated automatically. Meinrad now is able to send photo-customized websites to clients. And René, our invention and innovation pro, worked it out! Yeah!
Parisian Art Gallery Bernard Jordan asked us to design the catalogue of rising Artist Gabriele Chiari who is currently collaborating with Paris fashion house Hermès.
We met the Artist in her Parisian studio and had quite an inspirational time together. Her work for Hermès will be shown at Palais de Tokyo on June 20th.
We artdirected and edited an extraordinary limited edition lookbook for international paper company Mondi Group.
More news to come!
The studio who have contributed to our Mondi Lookbook lately is on view at MoMA PS1 until March 31.
That's great for us too because we are coming back to NYC
in March and will stay quite a while...
From our record collection
We admire Frank Tovey aka Fad Gadget a lot.
He was a British avantgarde musician and vocalist during early Eighties where the electronic/
new wave phenomenon was emerging.
Fad Gadget, Collapsing New People, 1984
We have continued working on the Manifesto poster series as it's going to take part in the Blog On Paper Magazine which launches in Spring 2014.
La femme Ford
C'est une des mes images préférées en ce moment.
Photographes Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott,
Vêtements Tom Ford, Réalisation Carine Roitfeld
Vogue Paris, Décembre 2010
We found this beautiful photograph of the moon
in the library lately.
Smells Like Print Spirit
Instructables member Amanda Ghassaei has developed a technology that brings digital music to a 3D printed record. The very first title on a prototype was Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit. We give a Hi-Fi-ve for that.
Things are in a state of flux.
Nathalie Malricfor Tsumori Chisato
Girls in The Garage Vol. I
La Nouvelle VagueIsraélienne
The editor and art direction job for Mondi´s lookbook
is taking a lot of our time currently but we are very happy to connect with interesting and talented people
from all over the world. Have a look at the "Open Space Office" series of Portuguese Photographer Tito Mouraz.
"We are getting closer to the heart
of this criminal artichoke."
‹Batman to Robin in the 1960´s TV series›
Musik von Harmonia
This track is taken from the debut album
"Musik von Harmonia".
Harmonia, Watussi, 1974
A few weeks ago we were carrying around a lot of historical books from the Viennese library.
Those books have held a special place for us lately,
a rare indulgence..
We were asked to do the art direction & design
for the Bio Top 3 look book of Mondi Group/Fine Papers. What a pleasure!
Our Question Manifesto published in Design Austria Magazine.
What's pretty funny about it: our "manifesto design" has been modified by the magazine's graphic designer who apparently was ashamed to just put a simple photograph and text on the page. So now in the magazine layout there's a line framing the manifesto and our original typeface Univers has been also magically changed into a decorative italic serif. Maybe the designer was bored or he just answered one of our questions "Bauhaus or Art Déco?"... it's too hilarious!
But many thanks to the creative genius Nikolaus Prokop who wrote very nice things about us. (yes, a certain comparison with Helmut Lang... we are flattered)
Found this poetic picture while doing research
in the library.
Indian Jewelry from Texas
Indian Jewelry from Houston, Texas are prone
to sonic and comic experiments within their noise
and psychedelic roots. That's nice!
We particularly love this track taken from the
Indian Jewelry, Oceans, 2010
The Golden Ones
Limited edition poster series;
Tempera on digital print, 594 x 841mm
Merci mille fois à ma demi-sœur égyptienne!
The Bangles, Walk Like an Egyptian, 1986
We designed and programmed the new website of NY based Video Editor Nella.
Mes accessoirespréférés de l'été
_ John Lennon inspired sunglasses
_ found at a flea market: pouch from the Eighties in typical colors – it works very well as a clutch, I wore it with an evening gown
_ porcelain mixing tray to experiment with "physical" colors – at the moment I'm trying to mix different shades of gold for a limited edition poster we're designing
New York – Vienna
After an intense and inspiring working time in New York City we are back in Europe, working in our studio in Vienna's Museumsquartier during the summer.
We'll be crossing worlds again in fall on a transatlantic flight to NYC...
Vintage Synthesizers: www.comtruise.com
Com Truise, Flightwave, 2011
I came across London based Design duo Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason in Vogue Italia's «Talent» supplement last summer. In the meanwhile they did some amazing work and had a colorful debut at New York Fashion Week.
New York Desktop Series#3
_ Jan Tschichold, Birkäuser Verlag Basel 1975
_ fluorescent ribbons found at Garment District
_ Foam Magazine / Naoya Hatakeyama, «Scales»
_ Postcards: Elizabeth Taylor by Bert Stern 1962 /
New York by Arthur Fellig 1940
_ nice Typeface seen in Haper's Bazaar, Issue June 2012
_ Arch-i-zines / Arch-Art Books, Storefront for Art
& Architecture & Printed Matter, Inc., New York
Raimund Abraham & the ACFNY
I found some beautiful drawings of the ACFNY by Raimund Abraham in Paola Iacucci's library. The building is one of my favorites in NYC.
Raimund Abraham in an interview with Kenneth Frampton: "If there has been any inspiration or reflection upon a particular New York condition it was my fascination with the simplicity and surprising complexity of the scissor stair. Architecturally it has become the Vertebra of the tower, striving for infinity as the endless column of Brancusi."
New YorkDesktop Series#2
_ Vanishing Point: How to disappear in America
without a trace
_ "Piece", letterpress on cardboard
_ Rich Texts: Selected Writing for Art, John Kelsey
_ Kramers Ergot #8, PictureBox
_ Maison Kitsuné Paris, Spring/Summer 2012
_ Removal, Real Guts
How to work internationally
according to Paola Iacucci. The Italian Architect
explains the strategy on a piece of paper.
New York Desktop Series #1
_ Photographers in Conflict Kodoji Press
_ John Lennon
_ +81 Magazine Tokyo Graphic in Paris and vice versa
_ Salon für Kunstbuch bag
_ Capricious Magazine Issue No.11, Being Fashion
_ The Land of Ousss, Koo Jeong-a
_ our horse Ferdl
De retour à New York
For the next two months the Say Say Say's are based again in New York City to continue working on Architect Paola Iacucci's book and taking care of stationary production for video editor Nella. C'est la super joie!
I like this photograph a lot.
Shot by Steve Hiett in 1978.
Every since and then our posters outside of our studio in the Viennese Museumsquarter disappear and we need to fill again the empty space. Actually it's a nice thought that someone might carry around our posters secretly. But probably one can find them just in the trashcan around the corner...Well, email us a warm hello and you get a poster for free.
Quirky Questions from The press
A short while ago Austrian Newspaper Die Presse asked us to answer five questions related to our creative work. Actually those questions turned out to be more about the locations where we are currently working. They had to shorten our answers so unfortunately the funny stuff wasn´t being published...
Die Presse (German language)
Hipster: a transatlantic discussion
Who exactly is the modern hipster and why he has such a bad reputation, is currently trying to answer this book that was published in the U.S. two years ago and now translated into German. The book is a collection of lectures, discussions and exhilarant essays.
What we need to say:
1. the modern Hipster is not an artist
2. Vice Magazine has often been accused of using irony to promote racist, homophobic and sexist attitudes. Dear Hipster, this is not cool!
est en cours de développement.
Yes, it is french and means "super pleasure"!
It started in December 2011 as a very special
form of Pâtisserie and now is turning into something more bigger.
We´ll keep you posted.
New Year New Work New York
We are currently working on a new identity
for New York based Music Video Editor Nella.
A lot of experimentation was needed to create this moving business card for a Viennese filmmaker.
Outside card: serigraphy on foil / inside card: custom-made typeface, Offset
is a bilingual French/German Artist who currently
lives and works in Berlin.
We met while studying Design at ÉNSAD in Paris and became friends and collaborators. I admire his work
as it incorporates "the surrealistic moment" of our contemporary society in a very poetic and political manner.
The above image is taken from the series "Chaos" (2011).
is experimental music between Jazz and Avantgarde
with the fantastic Damo Suzuki (Can) on the microphones.
Taken from the Album Dunkelziffer III, 1986
Dunkelziffer, Akino Aruhini, 1986
Say Say Say Bag spotted in Venice.
Collaboration avec la joaillerie Henri J. Sillam
On a collaboré avec la maison Henri J. Sillam dans le cadre de lancement de sa nouvelle collection de haute joaillerie Get Animalicious: Identité visuelle, illustrations, catalogue, affiches, carte d´invitation...
PRETTY TIME MACHINE
The DeLorean Motor Company has announced to build an electric version of the stainless steel car made famous in the “Back to the Future” films of the 1980’s.
The company hopes to sell the electric DeLorean for $90,000 starting in 2013.
Well, you know as well as we do, that this will be the next Say Say Say company car. Donations are always welcome.
Games' Strawberry Skies is Eighties ironic
goodness taken to its logical extreme.
Games, Strawberry Skies, 2011
NYC on Rollei film
Ce que nous avons adoré
Seen at Biennale di Venezia, 2011
pour le graphisme!
Say Say Say bags sighted at Jil Sander fashionshow
Merci mille fois to Sabine Volz, Katrin Seiler
and Harald Weiler!
Work published on graphicbirdwatching.com
Graphicbirdwatching, a platform for female graphic designers, published some nice work of Jutta. BirdWatching is a socially driven, international organisation and the only one of its kind. Its list of contributors includes practicing graphic designers that are passionate about design and live and work around the world.
Jean Widmer, mon amour.
La rétrospective au Centre Pompidou en 2004.
Jean Widmer, graphiste suisse, arrivé en France dans les annés cinquante a révolutionné le graphisme en revisitant notamment toute la signalétique des lieux publics et des infrastructures routières dans un but à la fois pratique et esthétiques. C'est un précurseur, un des premiers à mêler photographie et graphisme en faisant de la typographie un élément de ses composition.
CREATING BUZZ WITH SECRET INSIGHTS
A blog called Mouth Taped Shut of David Fincher´s new movie The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo shows images and videos apparently taken by an insider.
The mysterious and very "real"-looking behind-the-scenes impressions do not fail their target to create curiosity.
Work published in "Die Presse", Austrian newspaper
Jutta was invited to design a special edition postage stamp incorporating the Austrian "contemporary image". The project Die Marke Österreich is initiated by Liquid Frontiers in cooperation with Die Presse and the Post AG. It´s a selected competition and we were chosen to participate amongst other 19 Designers. When Jutta started building dumplings out of plasticine we all knew that the Austrian issue will be taken very seriously and intensely.
Our Brand New Frontend Feature
allows you to place and arrange images on your website wherever you want. Upload your images in the backend, go to your frontend, place an image wherever you want and schwupps! you´re already done! What you see is what you get.
The Say Say Say´s in Italy
The collaboration between New York based Italian Architect Paola Iacucci, Austrian Editor Johannes Schlebrügge and Say Say Say is commencing. We are invited to go to the European base of Bau Institute in Otranto, in the South of Italy, to start working on Paola´s book.
Jolie vitrine au Marais
Polaroid (almost) impossible
I finally ran out of the original Polaroid 600 films so had to start working with the new ones from "Polaroid Impossible".
Quite difficult to handle but one´s getting used to it after a while.
New York Food
Say Say Say is designing and programming TABLE 86,
a very special and delicious food blog from NYC.
..from our first intern.
Mille fois merci à STÉPHANIE BARON - notre stagiaire Française talentueuse et plaisante pour son travail extraordinaire!
M81+82 self-made Photos
Messier 81 (also known as NGC 3031 or Bode's Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. Messier 82 (also known as NGC 3034, Cigar Galaxy) is the prototype nearby starburst galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major.
Wonderful analog dreams. Seen at MOMA, NY.
Second one: Designed for Braun by Dieter Rams
Mr. Bryan Ferry..
is the quintessential international gentleman every man wants to be. (Interview dans FANTASTIC MAN , Issue 12 / 2010) Concert sensationnel au Staatsoper de Vienne.
Bryan Ferry, Don´t Stop The Dance, 1985