Xmas in Japan

Is it a Christmas ball? Is it a Japanese flag? Or is it a boy in a bubble having a ball?

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We’re at the end of a year as ‘Official Fournisseur of Seasonal Images for Shopping Malls in Japan’

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and since I’m a man for all seasons – as proven by the typographical studies above – , I was more then willing to dive into the pink snow in June and create Christmas clichés at the start of Summer.

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Though I tried to keep it simple this time, our client apparently didn’t share my view:-) (more…)

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We made yet another Xmas meal: for last week’s, local Libelle & Femmes d’Aujourd’hui magazines.

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With love! (& some reheated left overs from Japan – we all know those taste best;-)) (more…)

Winter in Japan

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‘Tis Winter! At least on this side of the globe: here’s some seasonal news from the Eastern part of the Northern Hemisphere; Kobe, Japan more precisely, Umie Shopping Mall to be entirely accurate.

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People told us winter weather in Kobe would feel more or less Mediterranean, when we went there earlier this year, so all I brought was this blazer style jacket… I remember standing frozen on the JR platform waiting for a train that would bring us to to Kyoto. By the time we got there, it was snowing. And when we woke up – in a Ryokan with paper walls – the city was covered with a white carpet…

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Luckily we found a Winter vest at the local Zara and some human warmth in the person of Hiroshi! (who showed us around town, in an almost identical jacket:-)) ありがとうございました (more…)

Xmas in Italy

Made some giant images last week for a global Christmas party in Italy, but unfortunately – since it’s a private party for & with children – we’re not allowed to share live images of our labor of love…

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But I’m quite sure showing the flyer ‘post factum’ won’t attract any unwanted guests (and of course we always try to guarantee absolute anonymity on the worldwide web – isn’t it so, Father I & N ?-)

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So here are some Santa’s on an ever expanding wallpaper designed to fit the occasion (& the walls)

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Der Schönste und Grösste Bildwörterkalender der Welt

Looking for a colorful present during these cold grey winter days at the end of the year?

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Here’s a calendar for the year to come. Auf Deutsch, but entirely stuffed with images of course…

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This  52 by 42 cm newborn is the ‘love child’ of happy couple Dumont-Gerstenberg (who happened to publish ‘Das Schönste und Grösste Bildwörterbuch der Welt’) and it contains about half the pages of last year’s encyclopedia accompanied by a handsomely handwritten ‘calendarium’. (more…)

Juttugram poster: fell in love with the retail;-)

Look what fell of the tree this week: a fine folded poster stuck between Winter & Fall, found in our real mailbox inside a commercial print magazine for Belgian concept store Juttu.

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I was asked to illustrate one of these postmodern catch phrases: ‘Fall in love with the details’ for a theme n° encouraging us to ‘enjoy the little things’. So I got inspired by the horizontal folding in the middle of my image (probably still in a ‘calendar mood’, more about that in the next post;-)) (more…)

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