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Büro Destruct 4 not only presents the best realised projects of the past 12 years, but also intermediate steps, discards, experiments & inspiration of the Bern-based and internationally renowned design studio Büro Destruct. The Swiss, who see themselves and their studio as a kind of band, again present a skilfully composed album with this new book.
In contrast to the strict and somewhat restrained Swiss Style of the 1960s, Büro Destruct stands for design without the handbrake on. Apparently everything is possible. It can be humorous, loud, colourful and zeitgeisty. At the same time, minimalism, precision and craftsmanship are present in all their work.
The layout of Büro Destruct 4 presents various works in detail—in progress and finalised. It is always left open which of the variants shown was realised. Although the illustrations are only minimally explained, this principle allows for a particularly intensive look over the shoulder and reveals much about the working methods of Büro Destruct.
Their vector-heavy graphics have always conformed to “think global, act local.” Often against the grain of public conception: they were among the few to ignore the temporary, yet intense flirt of Swiss graphic design with fledgling neo-conservatism.
Over the past 27 years, Büro Destruct have successfully avoided being pinned down or getting too comfortable in a defined area. At the same time, of course, it is there: that special Destruct eerie feeling. An independent handwriting, for which many words could be found, but which even after more than two decades is best conveyed by looking at their work.
Published by Slanted
240 x 280 mm