How many times have photographers and writers ventured into the studios of artists to document well-used tools and paint-spattered chairs? About a billion, or maybe more. FINALLY us muggins over here, writing words all day and wearing our fingertips down on white keys (not of the piano variety) are getting a moment of the limelight via Matteo Pericoli’s beautiful new book, Windows on the World.
The publication is a tranquil beauty, bound with printed tracing paper to give you the nod to tread carefully through its pages. Within is a collection of pieces of writing by 50 of the world’s most inspiring writers, including Sheila Heti, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Emma Larkin, Joumana Haddad and many more. Each writer has been asked to share with the reader the view they have from their desk, through the window to the world outside, from the place they find gives them the inspiration they need to write. Artist Matteo Pericoli then illustrates this view in simple, beautiful fine lines, which accompanies each piece of text perfectly.
What’s so great about this book is how well put-together it is. Every single element has been impeccably well-considered, from the hand-drawn map of the world on the opening page, to the charming preface by the much-lauded editor of The Paris Review, Lorin Stein. A must-have for anyone who spends most of their day at a desk, chewing on a pen, gazing out of the window.
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- Three female art directors on collaboration, competition and confidence
- Pooneh Ghana’s ambient crowd and artist portraits from Pitchfork Music Festival make you wish you were there
- Julian Glander explains what a blockchain system is for MIT Technology Review
- “It’s a process of baby-making”: designing the horrific and hilarious multiverse of Rick and Morty
- Pouya Ahmadi uses typography to “bridge the gap between poetry, performance and space"
- The Sky Sports rebrand features bespoke type and refined logos across nine channels
- Rick and Morty’s Exquisite Corpse trailer features 22 animators including Simon Landrein and Bendik Kaltenborn
- Larry Hallegua captures sun worshippers on Pattaya Beach in Thailand
- Applicants to UK arts and design university courses declines by over 14,000 this year
- Michael Bierut designs new brand identity for the Poetry Foundation
- Design, Revolt, Rainbow: the pioneering work of graphic designer Willy Fleckhaus