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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Hermitage Amsterdam – a branch of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg – celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2019. For that occasion, the Amsterdam branch gained access to the entire collection of the Russian museum, bringing together quite a number of extraordinary museum treasures ranging from a fascinating Venus statuette from 23,000 BC to a devilish swan created by Belgian artist Jan Fabre in 2016. With over two hundred items – including works by Da Vinci, Dürer, Van Dyck, Matisse, Rembrandt, Tintoretto, Velázquez and Van der Weyden – the ‘Treasury’ exhibit offered visitors a grand tour through the entire history of art.
For this unique event, Hermitage Amsterdam commissioned us to design the exhibition architecture. To best showcase the marvellous artworks from St. Petersburg in the 3000-square-metre space of Hermitage Amsterdam, we created a golden floor and restrained and clean-lined architecture including a circle of satellite spaces around a central hall.
Perhaps our greatest challenge was to find the right material for the golden floor. Our research led us to combine two foils: a shiny gold one and a durable, highly resistant one. This floor reflected everything around, changing for the visitors as they moved around on it. The special surroundings helped bring to the fore the extraordinary beauty of the precious works of art from across many millennia.
Head of exhibition: Marlies KleiterpConcept writers: Irina Bagdasarova, Vincent Boele
see also: Hermitage Amsterdam: ‘De schatkamer! Meesterwerken uit de Hermitage’ / ‘Treasury! Masterpieces from the Hermitage’ – Exhibition catalogue