Earnest Studio is the working Moniker of Netherlands-based designer Rachel Griffin, whose practice spans everything from experimental printed matter, public installation and furniture design. For a one-man show Rachel’s portfolio is incredibly impressive; she’s built large-scale wooden structures in Norwegian towns, created experimental storytelling spaces, produced books that question the nature of design and built functional modular furniture that you’d actually want in your house. Impressive stuff we’re sure you’ll agree.
If pushed to choose a stand-out project we’d tell you that, although we don’t have favourites, there’s something inexplicably brilliant about her Naked series, a selection of objects that utilise materials usually hidden within the hull of your typical DFS sofa. Plastic foam, untreated wood, wires and straps are all reappropriated to magnificent effect, the results demonstrating more aesthetic understanding than the pieces of furniture that mask these materials with leather and velvet.
- “Legs eleven, droopy drawers, dirty knees”: A clock that uses bingo calls instead of numbers
- Great new work for The New York Times and Bloomberg Businessweek from Oscar Bolton Green
- Dots, blocks and fades layered up in multifaceted exhibition identity for The Hague’s Royal Academy
- Patty Carroll's bizarre photos hide women in chaotic, hand-built scenes
- Dougal Wilson's Morris dancing-heavy first music video in six years
- A lifestyle magazine for realists, Oikos breaks the mould
- An insight into The Guardian’s newly released brand guidelines
- Art and architecture get exhibitions and galleries: graphic design should too
- Graphic identity lovers rejoice: “an unprecedented catalogue of modern trademarks” is here
- Russian photographer Erik Panov's latex and salmon themed fashion shoot
- Photographing the choreography and chaos of the England cheerleading team
- Japanese artist Tatsuro Kiuchi is back with more beautifully finished illustrations