Few books in the art and design world have been as eagerly anticipated this year as this monograph charting 20 years of M/M’s ground-breaking, genre-busting practice. And the good news is that it seems to have been well worth the wait as this comprehensive tome, designed by Graphic Thought Facility, is a beautiful insight into Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak’s Paris studio.
Although starting out as graphic designers, with a particular flair for typography, the duo’s work has evolved to include photography, films, objects and interiors. “Our work is about expressing the idea of a dialogue,” they say. “We transfer elements from fashion to music to art and back again, and keep using different mediums.”
Not only does Emily King’s book include M/M collaborations with the likes of Stella McCartney, Kanye West and Tate Modern, it also offers some fascinating interviews with some of those big name collaborators – with Björk, Pierre Huyghe and Sarah Morris among those sharing their thoughts alongside the men of the moment, Michaël and Mathias.
And with a preface by Hans Ulrich Obrist this is likely to become a seminal reference point for anyone interested in one of the most significant studios working today.
M to M of M/M (Paris) edited by Emily King, is published by Thames & Hudson, £42.00.
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