The Textured Design of Teschner-Sturacci
In Paris, I saw an exhibition of graphic design acquisitions at Musée des Arts Décoratifs. The first room of the show was dedicated to the work of Frédéric Teschner, a French graphic designer specializing in work for arts and cultural institutions. In 2014 he teamed up with Lisa Sturacci to form the studio Teschner-Sturacci, and their work really stuck to me.
The use of texture, avant garde compositions, display typefaces and photo collage would ordinarily strike me as the work of a heavy hand, but here there is incredible balance and movement. The elements are not complex—swashes of color, geometry, grids intact and grids broken—but Teschner-Sturacci combines it all into designs that are rich and playful and somehow use dripping horror typefaces in a sophisticated way. Everything through an informed lens of the legacy of graphic design history, but distinctly styled for right now.
See more of their work here.