“Don’t go changing, to try to please me.” The familiar refrain comes to mind with a big announcement by The Metropolitan Museum of Art: their logo, the da Vinci-inspired M that adorned the tin admissions buttons of our youth, is no longer. The museum has unveiled a new logo that goes into effect March 1st and it already has the design world – and New Yorkers – at odds. The Met is defending the change as a symbol of their own evolution, noting that the design “reflects the scope of the Museum’s collection and the connections that exist within it.”
Change is necessary in a world where brands are striving to stay relevant, though its not always welcome. And regardless of whose side you’re on, the debate is sure to leave you entertained, garnering comments likening the logo to “a graphic misfire,” a “typographic bus crush,” and a favorite from GQ, whose appreciation of the female form has made a unique discovery: “Tilt your head to the right and look at the ‘E’s’. They look like butts”. We’d love to hear what you think. Read on below:
The new design has not failed to attract strong reactions as it starts to appear on the institution’s posters, mailings and the Met Breuer signs.
The Cleveland Museum of Art came to us with with this scan.
It is a tapestry from the Byzantine Era and is over 1100 years old!! It is one of only two examples in the world today. Obviously it is severely damaged. What they wanted to do was recreate a piece, digitally, so the viewer could understand the complete design.
They also had scans of the one other fragment and we were tasked with combining them so that First2Print could print a piece on fabric for display in the museum.
Here is our finished piece. The other fragments coloration was different so we had to adjust the two to work together and we filled in some areas on one side with pieces from the opposite.
Here is a link to the piece at the museum, which you can actually order as a print if you are interest.
I have been attending Hemtex (Heimtexil) the largest international textile show in Frankfurt Germany for the past 20 years. Each year the show seems to get smaller in comparison to the last both in exhibitors as well as attendees.
Most people would assume less exhibitors as well as less attendees would be a negative thing, but its actually the opposite because the people who are attending are serious buyers looking for newness in an industry that has become very homogenous over the years….but not this year!
Posting some Heimtex images for those who did not attend to get an overview of what I did see over the 4 days at the show…
Feeling the blues at Zara Home at the Zeil shopping area in Frankfurt. These patterns are from there newest home collections just in stores this week! Organic wallpaper patterns from Casamance, Nobility, Casamance and Verbatex.
I enjoyed seeing the diversity in print, pattern and product this year at Heimtex and look forward to seeing the textile industry move forward in a more innovative way experimenting in both design as well as in the construction of fabric!
We are premiering all our design collections in one week in two major cities, New York and Frankfurt.
Our HOME collection at Heimtex focuses on soft good products like upholstery, wallpaper, fabric and tabletop…while at PrintSource NY, our collections focus on paper goods, fashion, accessories and fabric with a special seasonal collection for most holidays!
If you missed us at either shows this week…stop by our NYC loft at 45 West 36th next week to preview our line of updated prints and patterns…looking for digital printed fabric, we have that as well from our sister company First2print!
Spend a few minutes learning a bit more about us from the founders, Nancy Fire and Neil Breslau. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel as there will be lots of new things coming.
Posting all week from the High Point Furniture Market in North Carolina! So happy to have spoken on outdoor trends in the marketplace, taken over the #designonhpmkt Instagram and lead a suite spot tour through the suites at market square!
So much to see..so many designers and manufactures to talk to and lots of great product to discover.
Sharing my global greats from Instagram and to view more details on these pics please check out the followingbinstagrams that I have been posting from all week: @nancy_fire @hgtvhome @hgtv
The High Point Furniture Market officially starts tomorrow and runs through Oct 22nd, but I had the chance to “sneak a peek” today and I wanted to share some “global greats” with you!
Excited to see many new companies exhibiting at The Market Square Suites. I look forward to my trend talk there tomorrow October 17th at 2:00 discussing “Taking the Indoors, Outdoors”. When we think of decorating our outdoor spaces we realize that we have so many great options today in furniture, accessories and fabrics!
Elaine Smith (indoor/outdoor)