It seems fitting that graphic designer FHK Henrion was born in 1914, the same year that war broke out between the two countries that would come to define his life. The German born creative moved to the UK in 1936 after a stint as a textile designer in Paris and initially found commercial success as a poster artist, but he also excelled in product, exhibition, publication, jewellery and interior design.
Not only did he design two pavilions for the Festival of Britain, but from the 1960s onwards he became one of the foremost corporate identity designers working for clients like the National Theatre, the Post Office and KLM airways.
It’s not surprising then that Unit Editions are dedicating their next publication to celebrating the man who as they put it, " has no equal in British graphic design history. No UK designer – then or now – can match his sheer depth of accomplishments and range of abilities."
It’s no surprise to see that Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook have done a predictably brilliant job with the design, showcasing Henrion’s brilliance but stamping their own unerring aesthetic sensibilities on the title too. We need this in our lives, roll on November.
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