09 December 2014 Gripoix in the Making

Its about time to update on some work following so many group pictures and social gatherings. At the moment we are working on the rebranding of the French jewellery company Gripoix which has produced jewellery for luxury brands such as Channel and Dior for almost 150 years. We just received some test sheets from our printer.

08 December 2014 Graphic Design Pub Quiz

Going by the name of 'Lena and the Bad Boys', the studio took part in the annual Graphic Design Pub Quiz last night at the Railway Tavern in Dalston. The competition was fierce, the ale was flowing and we came in (a respectable) fourth place but, it has to be said, only two points shy of the top spot. We'll have to nerd up for next year. Thanks to James from Design Studio for organising. Check out the questions here.

25 November 2014 RCA Talks

The RCA is currently running a series of talks as part of the exhibition GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years and Beyond. Holger went to the one on design start-ups. The next one is on the big question What is Graphic Design and Who is it For? The schedule is a bit hard to find on the website. Here the link. If you are not really interested in what Mr. Brody has to say about the future of Design its a good opportunity to nick a painting from the exclusive Senior Common Room (or get a free beer).

20 November 2014 Another French Students Visit

Today another group of French students from La Martiniere Diderot in Lyon came to visit our studio. Always nice to have visitors from the other side of the channel. This time we treated them to (by French culinary standards probably terrible) British sausage rolls and only showed projects for French clients (of which we seem to have quite a few recently).

17 November 2014 The Big Dutch Design Tour

Holger and his University colleague Sebastian just came back from a tour of the Netherlands. With 25 students they visited 12 design studios, the Sandberg Institute and the Stedelijk Museum. A massive thank you to everyone. Especially to Bas Koopmans, Lesley Moore, Maureen Mooren, Ruben Dornweerd (photo), Roosje Klap, De Designpolitie, Meeusontwerpt, Lava, Lust Lab, The Rodina, Team Thursday, 75B, and Liza from Studio Dumbar. Everyone we met was super nice, the work is amazing and Dutch designers seem to have educated their clients pretty well.

04 November 2014 GraphicsRCA

Yesterday evening I went back to the RCA for the opening of the exhibition GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years and Beyond. Brilliant evening. Never seen so many well known designers in one place. It was great to see so many old friends, former class mates and tutors. Felt like a big extended family gathering. The exhibition itself may receive some mixed reviews. On the one hand it was great to see that they did not just choose the work of those students who became big and famous after college, on the other hand it felt a bit like someone went down into the basement and took out everything he could find from some old cupboard. However, the RCA was always about the community of great designers and that community is definitely still there. (posted by Holger)

28 October 2014 Meeting Friends in Tokyo

While in Tokyo Holger also met with good friend and fellow RCA graduate Miho Tanaka and her assistant Yusuke from Cocoroto to discuss possible collaborations.

28 October 2014 Visiting Askul

Holger went to Japan where he met with one of our nicest regular clients Askul. The whole company recently moved to a brand new office building with amazing views over the Tokyo Bay area. It was nice to meet some of the people we only knew from emailing so far.

19 October 2014 Company Blessing

Today Holger acquired a new Omamori, a company blessing from the shrine in Narita, Japan. According to the size of the company he went for one of the smaller ones. Our financial future for the next couple of years is secured.

10 October 2014 Tom Everywhere

Wow, now they even have Tom Dixon lamps at our local pub. The gentrification of the East End is officially complete. Some may wonder why there are so many news concerning the pub in here thats simply because we spent a lot of time there.

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