Düsseldorf - Milan, June 2006
Ghost Trax - fake vinyl covers for a fake record store
Our Italian friends invited us to join an experiment by Milan design group N!03 regarding the 'surfaces of music' - the creation of a fake music store. N!03 will transform their small milan gallery into a fake record store and asked their friends for contributions: fake record covers, posters, tshirts and the likes.
So we turned rockstars for a day and our friend Johannes Pöttgens took a series of cool photographs of this crazy band. In the end we created three different covers, each suggesting a different kind of music – a very nice investigation into the surfaces of music indeed (see above).
Düsseldorf - London - Milan, November 2005
Can’t buy me love - submission for the Royal Mint open design competition
(with Stefano Mirti & Crispin Jones)
When the Royal Mint Engraving Department announced an open design competition calling for new reverse designs for their coins an English-Italian-German collaboration was called into action. The result was a series of truly unique designs, each carrying a message about money.
The messages, in the form of quotations, communicate universal thoughts about the
nature of money. The designs also feature an abstracted floral element, which carries an allegorical meaning relating to the quotes.
“We chose to focus on that most cherished aspect of the British people – their sense of humour. The inherently playful nature of having quotes on the coins about money reflects the wit and spirit of the British peoples and aligns well with their faculty for language.” - so we wrote in our submission statement. Apparently the Royal Mint didn’t share our interpretation of the British sense of humour. We still love our coins and plan to use the concept again somewhere soon. Stay tuned.