Words and Pictures, Partie DeuxJuly 7th, 2015

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Stressed over your Bastille Day shopping? Fear not: Graphique de la Rue has arrived! Following the success of Grafica della Strada, this new book of signs is Louise’s typographic love letter to Paris. From the iconic neon script for La Coupole to the deco elegance of the Folies Bergère, Graphique delivers endless inspiration from the City of Light.

And when words fail, let these notecards do the talking: Quatre Mots Français, four essential French words—merci, salut, bisous, plaisir—in designs inspired by the art deco ironwork of Paris. Both are available now for pre-order. Vive la France!

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Firenze a ColoriMarch 31st, 2015

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Good news for Italophiles: the dollar is strong again and our updated guide to artisan shops in Florence has just been released! The Cognoscenti’s Guide to Florence, written with Lise Apatoff, takes you on a tour from Aqua Flor, a profumeria that will create your own custom scent, to Zecchi, a legendary art supply store with a dazzling display of colored dry pigments. If you can’t bring home the exquisite colors, no matter at all: our newest pencils, Tutti Frutti, have also just arrived—double-sided with complementary hues. Buon viaggio!

Both are published by Princeton Architectural Press.

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Elegantissima: The ExhibitAugust 28th, 2014

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You’ve read the book…now see the exhibit! Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili opens at the Art Director’s Club on Wednesday, September 10th from 6–8:30pm. Designed by the incomparable Kevin O’Callaghan, this exhibit comprises work from four decades displayed in different conceptually thematic room environments. Walk through a vintage library filled with books, book jackets, and illustrative copyright pages; a recreated bistro packed with restaurant menus, logos and business cards; a Depression-era kitchen area featuring food package and label designs; and a haute-couture boudoir (with a deep violet fainting couch) draped with intimate apparel.

The exhibit runs from Monday, September 8th–Friday, September 19th.

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Words and PicturesAugust 11th, 2014

GDS_coverGrafica della Strada is Louise’s typographic love letter to Italy: a photographic diary of a forty-year obsession with signs from Torino to Taormina, and just about everywhere else in between—in gold leaf, mosaic, marble, brass, ceramic, enamel, wrought iron, and neon. Books are available for pre-order starting today!

And if our new book should render you speechless, you might also consider Quattro Parole Italiane, a boxed set of handsomely designed notecards that will allow you to say thank you, best wishes, or even just hello with great graphic panache.

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Spring. At Last.April 7th, 2014

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When asked by School of Visual Arts to design a new subway poster, we thought of last year’s endless winter, and we knew that by April, New Yorkers would be craving a big dose of spring. Our resplendent seed packet arrives in your local station today. (Quick: where is the SVA logo hidden?)
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PerfettoFebruary 5th, 2014

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We love our collection of 1930s Italian pencil boxes. Our most preferred are the two-color, double-sided pencils, commonly in red and blue, for teachers to correct homework. (“Errore lieve, segno rosso; errore grave, segno blu”: red for a minor infringement, blue for a serious offense.) When Princeton Architectural Press invited us to come up with a line of gift products, the two-tone pencils seemed perfect—thus the name. Steering clear of blue, our least favorite color, we opted for our signature red and black. No eraser, by the way. Who makes errori? Buy
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Elegantissima: The ExhibitNovember 18th, 2013

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You’ve read the book…now see the show! Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili opens at the Hale Memorial Gallery at Farmingdale State College on Thursday, November 21. Designed by the incomparable Kevin O’Callaghan, this exhibit comprises work from four decades displayed in different conceptually thematic room environments. Walk through a vintage library filled with books, book jackets, and illustrative copyright pages; a recreated bistro packed with restaurant menus, logos and business cards; a Depression-era kitchen area featuring food package and label designs; and a haute-couture boudoir (with a deep violet fainting couch) draped with intimate apparel. The exhibit runs through the end of January; Monday–Friday 10am–4pm, Saturdays by appointment (Call 631.794.6118). For more information, visit: http://www.farmingdale.edu/news/news-2013/louisefili.shtml

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Shadow TypeSeptember 10th, 2013

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First came Scriptstypefaces with elegance and flair. Now, Shadow Type by Steven Heller and Louise Fili introduces a wealth of dimensional typefaces and lettering from the turn of the century through the 1940s. From store signs before the age of illumination to film titles that lit up the screen, Shadow Type is the second in our trilogy of expressive faces (watch for Stencil Type in 2015). Available now on Amazon.

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Rusticator RumJuly 22nd, 2013

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After years of creating award-winning wines, Bartlett Maine Estate Winery has just launched its new Rusticator Rum, using organic molasses sourced from South America. The name references late nineteenth-century city dwellers who who escaped to Maine in search of cooler climes.
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Gelato FiascoJuly 8th, 2013

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Our latest packaging makeover is for Gelato Fiasco, a Maine gelateria making artisan gelato and sorbetto fresh daily, using organic milk and all-natural ingredients. The package was upgraded from a flimsy plastic takeout container to a sturdier clear cylinder (allowing for the brilliant colors of the product to show through), topped with a silver lid. Stickers are color-coded to the 24 different flavors offered (pomegranate chocolate chunk, caramel sea salt, chocolate noir, and strawberry balsamic to name a few). Each is instantly addictive.
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