We recently collaborated with the New York City's Museum of Modern Art at PS1 in Queens on a custom wallpaper design and installation project for the "Islands in the Cloud" exhibition by Metahaven - a design collective on the cutting edge of politics and aesthetics.
Founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, their work reflects political and social issues through research-driven design. The Amsterdam-based studio produces a continuous stream of research that rarely results in finite, codified work. They publish books and essays, organize conferences and collaborate with policy makers, concurrently working on new commissions while maintaining a variety of self-initiated projects.
The studio’s speculative practice privileges the vocabulary of graphic design as a means of knowledge production, using it as a tool to analyze organizational models and power structures. Investigating political and economic design—including nation branding and logo production—in relation to statehood, currency and information networks, Metahaven places particular emphasis on transparency and visibility.
When they first came to us, like most prospective clients their primary concern was printing quality and the ability to deliver on time. Luckily for them these are two areas where we excel and the installation went off without a hitch, just in time for the exhibition which proved to be a success.