gebr.silvestri is a Amsterdam-based design studio. We – Adrian Silvestri-Chyle and Stefan Silvestri – work as art directors and designers in two and three dimensions. We produce visual solutions in media ranging from print to online to 3D. Our projects range from brand identities and books through products to exhibition and stage design.
Following our five-year training in two- and three-dimensional design at Schule für Gestaltung St. Gallen and at Globus in St. Gallen in our native Switzerland, we both studied graphic design at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Our design studio gebr.silvestri has been in business since 1994.
We have been giving workshops in typography and the language of images at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart since 1996 and teaching at Design Academy Eindhoven since 2004. In the past we gave workshops at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Mulhouse (1998–1999) and we taught at St Joost Akademie in Breda (2002–2004).
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2009Exhibition catalogue and invitation
The Kröller-Müller Museum asked us to design the catalogue and the invitation for its exhibition of ‘Mesa’, the Herman de Vries installation the museum acquired in 2009. Inspired by the Spanish word for table, mesa, the installation consists of 43 ‘power objects’ used by Latin American shamans in their healing ceremonies. Having compiled them from 1996 to 2007, De Vries spread them out on a square sheet on the floor. In the catalogue text, he describes each object, indicating its origin and commenting on its use, but he also encourages observers to interpret the interrelationships between the various objects for themselves.
To enhance the sense of interrelatedness between the various objects of ‘Mesa’ as presented in the catalogue, we selected a slightly translucent paper. The 152-page catalogue is printed in black and white on Munken Bioset 100 GSM.
Publisher: Kröller-Müller MuseumConcept and text: Herman de VriesPhotography: Marjon GemmekePrinter: robstolk® (Amsterdam)
see also:Kröller-Müller Museum: ‘The Riddle of “Double Ingres”: Van Gogh’s drawings in the Kröller-Müller Museum re-examined’Kröller-Müller Museum: ‘Drawings and prints by Vincent van Gogh in the collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum’Kröller-Müller Museum: Evert van Straaten – ‘Verlangen naar volmaaktheid’ / ‘Longing for perfection’Kröller-Müller Museum: ‘Jan Fabre: Hortus / Corpus’