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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2011Exhibition catalogue, poster and invitation
The Kröller-Müller Museum’s 2011 exhibition ‘Jan Fabre: Hortus / Corpus’ presented a selection from Belgian artist Jan Fabre’s extensive oeuvre, complemented by new works that he made especially for the occasion. The artist’s new and existing works – sculptures, drawings, films – were positioned throughout the museum as well as in its sculpture garden, creating intriguing confrontations between Fabre’s work and other art works from the museum’s collection. Fabre’s famous bronze sculpture ‘The man who measures the clouds’ (1998) was installed temporarily on the roof of the Kröller-Müller Museum to mark this major retrospective.
In connection with this exhibition, the Kröller-Müller Museum commissioned us to design an exhibition catalogue, a poster and an invitation. With its full-colour hardcover binding and Curious Metallics end leaves, the 244-page ‘Jan Fabre: Hortus / Corpus’ catalogue offers a complete overview of the works displayed. As each item was only photographed once the exhibition was already in place, we had a very narrow window for the production of the book, including its design and printing. Photographic overviews of the exhibition spaces but also photos of single works and detail shots tell the story of the exhibition. The catalogue is divided into five thematic chapters, each one containing text accompanying the photographic material.
To distinguish the images from the accompanying texts, we used different types of paper. The photographs are printed in full colour on coated paper (Ideal matt 180 GSM), while the texts are printed in a thin tone of greyish green (full colour) and black on uncoated paper (Munken Print White 150 GSM). Smoky, semi-transparent sheets (Curious Translucents Silver Paper 100 GSM) form the divisions between the chapters.
Publisher: NAi PublishersText: Evert van Straaten, Stefan HertmansPhotography: Attilio Maranzano
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: Herman de Vries: ‘Mesa’