One of the fringe benefits of traveling to design shows is collecting the printed ephemera made by creative pros, from business cards to catalogs to pamphlets. I just got back from a trip to Paris for Maison & Objet, followed by the Interior Design Show in Toronto; not terribly surpising that both yielded some unexpected, thrlling discoveries in the realm of graphic design. In our slideshow, take a look at a few of the printed goodies I found, including the best of the brochures from each show and a smattering of cartes de visite.
LABT is a furniture design studio in Ghent that issues small-batch furniture editions (like the modular, patterned filing cabinets shown in our Maison & Objet roundup). One pair of LABT designers happens to be graphic design duo Jan & Randoald, who created this pastiche brochure to hand out at the fair. Courtesy of Kelsey Keith.
Jan & Randoald's LABT catalog comprises five mini-booklets, attached with a simple brad-and-paper fastener along the spine. Courtesy of Kelsey Keith.
I was introduced to Domison out of Montreal while making the rounds at Toronto's annual Interior Design Show. Brother-and-sister team Thien and My Ta Trung design their own modern, super liveable furniture collection as well as the brand's graphic identity. This brochure highlights Domison's apartment-scale furniture with simple printing (monochrome with touches of neon pink) and complex folds.
The Domison pamphlet, halfway unfolded. Courtesy of Kelsey Keith.
Revealed! The full, unfolded Domison brochure. It would take a graphic designer (or origami enthusiast) to figure out how to crease a plain old rectangle of paper in such an inventive way.