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Ship Your Palate to Heaven – PRINT Journal


Graphic designers, like most different people, can not reside on kind and letterforms alone (not less than in keeping with my major care doctor). However that’s not what I believed on the time that plans had been made with Rob Saunders, founding father of the Letterform Archive, which regularly serves typographic feasts for gourmets and gourmands, for a forthcoming go to to my condo final week. Letterform Archive had simply revealed its beautiful, lengthy awaited monograph Solely on Saturday: The Wooden Sort Prints of Jack Stauffacher edited by Chuck Byrne, and was on observe for the scheduled July launch of an beautiful facsimile of the revue Die Fläche: Design and Lettering of the Vienna Secession, 1902-1911. So, I assumed he would convey alongside treats for my hungry eyes.

Prematurely of Rob, Letterform’s editorial director Stephen Coles and his illustrator and letterer spouse Laura Serra arrived.

“Do you want meringues?” Coles requested earlier than sitting down. “After all I do,” considering nostalgically of the lemon meringue pies from my youth. “Properly, these usually are not simply any meringues; you’ve by no means tasted one like this earlier than,” then instantly took two elegant packages from the fashionable buying bag. Certainly, I had by no means seen something like these little mounds of deliciousness. I stared longingly in anticipation.

“Will Rob arrive quickly?” I puzzled and hoped.

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Then got here the knock on the door. Rob! Finally! I used to be anticipating the delicacy that awaited my over anxious palette, when Rob pulled out a set of freshly printed folded and gathered proofs of Die Fläche, which set off a delight sensor in my mind. I didn’t know what to do…

The meringues—in a wide range of flavors with a tough shell, specked with shavings of coconut, chocolate and toasted almonds—had a gentle creamy, flavorful filling destined to spill onto something in my palms or lap if I didn’t swallow it down complete. Die Fläche, printed in ravishing shade on cream paper, was ready to be caressed and fawned over. My choice appeared Solomonic: Paper or pastry?

I selected… a espresso meringue. Ohhhhhhhhhmygod!!!

It was like nothing my style buds had ever skilled. I savored it for seconds that appeared like hours. With the meringue safely consumed and the hint reminiscence of the flavour intact, I turned to the opposite deal with, the gold and black cowl and full shade pages of Die Fläche, the revue that launched the world to Austria’s Jugenstil/Artwork Nouveau design avant garde. To say something greater than WOW would end in verbose extra. You’ll must expertise it.

To say that the wedding of meringues and Die Fläche was heaven on earth is an understatement.

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This can endlessly be my Proustian second, eternally remembered. Nonetheless, I nearly forgot, to say that the pastry comes from Aux Merveilleux de Fred in midtown New York, with places elsewhere too. Remember to watch all of the movies on Fred’s web site for the vicarious pleasure. And for most interesting publishing of kind and typography books go to Letterform Archive. Satisfaction assured.

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