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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2008Commemorative jubilee book
Over the years, German printed floor-covering manufacturer Vorwerk has often asked famous artists and designers to create special designs for the company’s products. To mark its 125th anniversary, Vorwerk asked Ulf Moritz to design a commemorative book. Moritz approached us to collaborate with him in doing so. The result, ‘Zeit/Time Raum/Space’, was published in limited German/English and German/French editions for Vorwerk’s customers and business associates.
In designing the book, we were given the freedom to play with the theme of time and space. We chose to use different paper for each chapter. In combination with special printing techniques like high-gloss spot UV and braille embossing, we used many different types of paper: Heaven 42 soft matt, Lessebo Design 1.3 170 GSM, Hello Gloss 170 GSM, EOS 2.0 90 GSM, Munken Polar 150 GSM, Lessebo Design Smooth 100 GSM, Lessebo Smooth White 150 GSM, Conqueror Concept Ice Blue 120 GSM, Freelife Vellum 170 GSM and Ziegler 40 GSM. For the front of the cover we had a special lenticular foil made on which we printed the design that Tord Boontje made especially for Vorwerk’s 125th anniversary.
Publisher: Vorwerk & Co. Teppichwerke GmbH & Co. KG (Hameln)Art direction: Ulf MoritzPrinter: robstolk® (Amsterdam)
see also: Ulf Moritz: ‘Ulf Moritz: Fascination textile’ Ulf Moritz – Marburg: ‘Ulf Moritz: 15 Years of Wallpaper Magic’