Firstly, I’m spectacularly excited to present this post.
One of the great things about writing this blog is that it forces me to seek out the visually inspiring every day. And today’s discovery is one that I’m particularly excited about because I’ve seen and admired this twosome’s work for quite a while but never known that the disparate bijous of design were the handiwork of the same people. Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak make up the graphic design company M/M (Paris) and their CV reads like a who’s who of my favourite artists and at the top of the list none other than Bjork...
Other notables include Stella McCartney, Yohji Yamamoto, Martine Sitbon and Calvin Klein. Plus the high priestess of fashion herself, Carine Rotfield installed the pair to oversee the visuals on the pages of Vogue Paris. Can you believe it? No wonder I’m always in love with the art direction of that mag.
While I am mighty impressed, I have to say I don’t love everything they do, but I am a big fan of their line illustrations (especially effective over photographs)...
Invitation to Balenciaga Fall-Winter 2001-2 show, with a photo by regular collaborators, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
their beautiful fonts
The Ten Commandments, Visionaire magazine, 2000
and use of typography...
Invitation to Givenchy Fall-Winter 2007-8 ready-to-wear show
and the amazing way they cut and paste images...
an A to Z of beauty designed by m/m (paris) photographed by inez van lamswwerde and vinoodh matadin
(He he, note, I took it upon myself to write eyesing...)
These are the images that inspired me to find out more about M/M Paris. The “Greek industrialist” (what on earth is an "industrialist"?) and art collector, Dakis Joannou wanted to incorporate fashion in his contemporary art collection so set Amzalag and Augustyniak the challenge and W magazine published the results.
M/M (Paris)’s Michael Amzalag (left) and Mathias Augustyniak flank Dakis Joannou and the Scivolando chair by Alessandro Mendini, in front of Richard Prince’s I’m in a Limousine (following a hearse).
Inspired by Balenciaga
Inspired by Yves Saint Laurent
Inspired by Givenchy
Inspired by Comme des Garçons
M/M (Paris) website
Order one of their posters from their 2008 catalogue. I know I want to… can’t decide which one…
Interview for 25/25 - Celebrating 25 Years of Design exhibition at the Design Museum, London
W Magazine story
NY Times interview, June 3, 2007
M/M (Paris): Inventory/Inventaire, this first ever inventory of M/M (Paris) work created for the art world includes their collaborative designs for furniture, posters, typography, text and lighting. Available for 10 pounds.