90 days of pure Design Roleplaying included!
Athens center changes. Roleplay changes. This year’s xmas video finds us in yellow vests!
While office is closed between 23/12 & 7/1 our in-house team is having xmas fun out-of-office. Roll Over Beethoven!
Organized by OECD and Gereral Secretariat Against Corruption
In our annual résumé, more is more, or at least so it seems.
The line is always greener on the other side
Awards ceremony held at Onassis Cultural Center
Download our presentation at Design Athens II as a PDF.
Unreleased text about DIY vs Mainstream ethics, written by My Wet Calvin in 2010
Our annual list of selected projects and thank you's!
January 16 & 17, 2016, Athens, Greece
Extending the Lekton typeset with greek characters with the help of a non-Greek.
Will it be a 99 projects rewind when we reach 2099?
Loukas Bartatilas is an all time friend. We almost graduated simultaneously from architectural schools in different towns (Loukas finished in Volos) and we've done some things together. E.g. back in 2006, his thesis presentation "Vile Stories" on Patission str. was accompanied by a mini compilation inspired by the thesis' context that was designed and curated by My Wet Calvin. Legend says those 25 limited copies traveled from Athens to Volos by KTEL bus on the same day of the presentation.
After school, Loukas left for Germany to do a Master in Bauhaus University Weimar and then moved to Berlin. In the meantime, we were happy to design and develop his official website, an ever expanding archive ambitious enough to host all of his projects. His work is mainly photographic but one should consider his images as a means of critical documentation on things.
As if he was making a triumphal comeback, Loukas is having his first solo exhibition "Urban Details" - a sequel to Vile Stories? - back in Athens, inside an empty shop at Mithimnis str. 27a & Patission str. which has been transformed into a temporary showroom, opening on Thursday 27 of November. The show will last till the 13th of December and is supported by NEON Cultural Foundation’s program “Supporting Creativity”. Find more at http://www.urbandetails.gr/ and on facebook.
Once in a while we take on shorter or longer trips - as individuals as well as an office - in order to take some distance from the everyday and broaden our (understanding of) references - or actually visit them! This is our first travel post and it's about our spending one week in Belgium earlier this fall.
Day 1 - Borgloon & Hasselt
Not more than an hour car ride from Brussels lies the Z33 open-air art project that runs until 2016. The weather was cloudy but pleasant and we had the chance to visit those beautiful structures in the flemish landscape. The "Reading Between the Lines" project is a church made out hundreds of weathered steel plates and we immediately declared it as the most spiritual place we'd ever been - and, trust me, we've been to loads of churches back in Greece... We also visited the Aeneas Wilder circular wooden arcade and then headed for the tree tent camp next to the castle of Hex which is available to spend one or more night during summer. We then drove to Hasselt where the Z33 gallery is located and paid a visit to the current exhibition before we warmed ourselves with an big noodle soup!
Day 3 - Brussels
We met up with our friend Emilios who's currently living in town and took him to a place that all of his local friends (we bumped on a lot of them during our walk) had heard of but no one had ever been to. Parking 58 is a ten storey car park building in the very centre of the city that offers amazing views from the terrace on the top. And guess what: you don't have to have your car there to access!
Day 5 - Kortrijk & Biennale Interieur
The Biennale Interieur is a really big interior design fair held in the Xpo premises outside the town of Kortrijk. There we teamed up with our new clients from Orama Minimal Frames that were exhibiting there and we were happy to see our design work being exposed to the european audience. We also explored the rest of the exhibition where, among others, had the chance to create a unique cover for the Belgian Design Association journal using a pen router.
Day 6 - European Commission
We only had a glimpse of what the Eurodistrict feels like by entering the Permanent Representation of Greece building. Please, someone confirm it was Andreas Angelidakis' models that decorated the otherwise dull lobby!
We have to be honest. We didn't see the Manneken Pis and we didn't visit the Atomium. We didn't even see the Horta Museum even though we tried (don't trust Brussels on a Monday). But we did have great walks and sat at nice cafes - good coffee not included - and we'd like to thank our new collaborator Georgia Saltouridou. We owe her a bunch of city tips (any plans for Mexico City??)
Visual Cortex is a newly formed team of young professionals not strange to us: Theodoros Papatheodorou (creative technologist and the person behind Artech), Kyriaki Goni (visual artist, co-creator of "Radio Nippon") and Athanasios Silis (electronics engineer) assigned us to design a logo and business cards for their initiative a couple of months ago.
While working on their logo we experienced a Photoshop crash that seemed to affect only the software's graphics output but not the program itself. What happened was a random fragmentation and color saturation that changed (randomly of course) every time Photoshop was minimized and maximized.
This allowed us to take a lot of snapshots, even create an animated gif out of the numerous "crashed" frames. Four Tet's "Ocoras" was playing on iTunes at the moment and we though of creating a short video that reproduces the scene.
We dedicate this video to our friends at Visual Cortex that, as you can see by sliding the images above, encouraged us to avoid the charms of digital chaos and spontaneous error and go for a more subtle and literary cerebral approach..!