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DAVID LYNCH—LITHOS

2010. It was kind of a Lynchian situation, when we met David Lynch to discuss the layout of “Lithos”. While thousands of people were grounded and in panic all over Europe because of the volcano eruptions of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull it was spring break in Paris and all of the blossoms gave a surreal background to the noticeable nervousness everywhere. It is hard to tell what was more impressive: the location at Patrice Forest’s Item éditions, a printing studio—flooded by soft rays which came through the skylight—where the likes of Picasso, Matisse, Miró or Cassandre had printed their lithographs, or seeing David Lynch himself at work, bringing his visions onto stone.

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Materia Pro

300 mm × 240 mm

192 pages

Hardcover with dust jacket

Bilingual, English and French

Published by Hatje Cantz


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The book “David Lynch—Lithos” is a kind of sequel to its predecessor “Dark Splendor”, which we designed half a year earlier. Where “Dark Splendor” is a colorful journey through the manifold media of his creative work, “Lithos” is a real monograph focussing on David Lynch’s lithographs, mainly in black and white. Based on the type design we did for “Dark Splendor“ and in combination with other type ideas we explored at that time we developed the font family Materia for the texts and the cover of “Lithos”. Instead of antique pink (as in “Dark Splendor”) this time the texts are printed on a soft blueish grey, reminding of the original color of the stones David Lynch uses for his lithographs.



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