Building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico was a focal point of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the idea has turned attention to the border between the two countries but ignores the point that they coexist in a complex synergy. Designed in collaboration with FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise in response to the official theme, “Utopia by Design,” “Border City” is the Mexico installation at the first annual London Design Biennale.
For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood has fought for reproductive health and rights, championing the idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and to manage their own fertility. Currently, the organization is powered by nine and a half million activists, supporters, and donors nationwide.
In December 2014, following a three-year renovation that has restored the historic Andrew Carnegie Mansion and increased the museum’s exhibition space by 60 percent, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum reopened to the public. Pentagram’s Michael Gericke and Eddie Opara have collaborated on the graphics for the revitalized institution, including a bold new graphic identity, website, signage, wayfinding, and exhibition graphics.
MahaNahkon is a new 77-story high-rise mixed-use complex located on a 3.6-acre site in the heart of Bangkok’s Central Business District. The building is designed by Ole Scheeren of Büro Ole Scheeren and developed by Pace Development. Pentagram has designed a program of environmental graphics for MahaNahkon, including dynamic digital installations for CUBE, the building’s retail component.
What do outer space capsules, submarines, and office buildings have in common? Each was conceived as a closed system, a self-sustaining physical environment that is set apart from its surroundings and uses its own matter and energy to function. “Closed Worlds” was an exhibition at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York that presents 41 living prototypes for these ecologically regenerative systems.
Pentagram’s Paula Scher is featured in the new documentary series “Abstract: The Art of Design,” now streaming on Netflix. The show explores the lives and ideas of leading figures in design and architecture, with each episode focusing on a single creator and their practice. Scher’s entry, directed by the noted documentary filmmaker Richard Press (“Bill Cunningham New York”), looks at the influence New York City has had on the designer’s work, her lifelong love of typography, and the map paintings she creates alongside her client projects.
Pentagram designed the identity for Broadway Housing Communities, a non-profit developer of supportive housing in New York, and created the environmental graphics for BHC’s most recent initiative, the Sugar Hill Project in Harlem’s historic neighborhood of the same name. The 171,000 sq. ft. mixed-use development brings together permanent housing with early education, educational advocacy and access to the arts via a new cultural institution, the Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, an 18,000 sq. ft.
Located on 80 open acres of lush, rolling meadows, woods, and wetlands in New Canaan, Connecticut, Grace Farms provides a place for people to experience nature, foster community, pursue social justice and explore the connections between art and faith, all while immersed in a beautiful landscape. A complex system of signage and environmental graphics for the Grace Farms building and grounds has been developed by Pentagram, expanding on the design of the institution’s identity and website.
Governors Island is home to 172 acres of lush landscapes and picturesque paths where visitors can bike, picnic, lounge on hammocks, play sports, view art exhibitions, attend concerts and dance performances and explore historic buildings, all in view of the Manhattan skyline. Reachable only by ferry, the Island is a serene escape from the bustle of the city. A new set of signage and environmental graphics has been designed by Pentagram for the Island that guide visitors and enhance its unique sense of place.
Despite the moniker, Grace Farms is not an agricultural enterprise. The unique 80-acre campus in New Canaan, Conn., boasts a multiple award-winning and winding 83,000-square-foot building, while exemplary wayfinding by Pentagram (New York) helps guide all visitors in their exploration of nature, community and faith.