bamboo 26 took the ‘country’ as its theme and explored some designs for country houses.
the cover was made from a single photographic fragment, so that we didn’t have to rely on the photos of the projects themselves, which lacked sufficient graphic quality.
for this issue, guilherme wisnik began a series of texts connected with the 10th architecture biennial, which he was curating.
we were asked to create a visual identity for this series of texts, and the solution we found was to use a giant-sized character.
in this case, the character was the letter ‘x’, which is the portuguese equivalent of a ‘v’ for ‘versus’. this was a happy coincidence, as the ‘x’, roman numeral for 10, was also the symbol of that edition of the biennial. the color yellow was another match.
for the wall section, we invited the illustrator catarina bessel to come up with some kitchen-related images. here, in the opening, are her illustrations interspersed with the text.
this issue heralded a change in the project section opening.
the magazine always closes on 3 or 4 architectural projects, with a simple page opening for the section. prior to this issue, the usual opening was a repetition of the project titles in a chaotic arrangement.
we never liked that opening page, so we have not included it here. an improved version can be seen in the first annual (2012).
one way or another, for this issue we turned this page into a direct graphic dialogue with the cover (or using ditched cover ideas).
the next issue also dealt with a theme we found hard to work with: decoration.
we proposed the use of a small image from which lines would shoot out to occupy the whole page. the design ended up being much more realist than we had wanted, with the picture separated from the lines and objects placed conventionally in the space.
A page we don’t usually show was the staff page, with the team, collaborators, contacts, etc...
at this time, however, there had been a number of staff changes, and attention had to be drawn to that.
we highlighted the arrival of a new editor only two months previously—michele de oliveira—who, in the months that followed worked hard to expand the space the magazine allotted to architecture and urbanism.
this issue introduced a page dedicated to studio bamboo, which pursues a range of activities besides the magazine.
for this page debut, we used a graphic design that connected the themes to the studio’s lines of activity.
in the second piece on the 10th architecture biennial, the giant character was incorporated into the title (world = museum).
for this report on the lyon art biennial, we used fields filled with grey to delimit the image clusters. at the top of the right-hand page, photos used in the biennial’s promotional campaign.
this text is a ceramics timeline. the varying positions of the three elements of each entry—large number, text and image—creates a complex, varied page.