Pierre Mendell, German (1929 - 2008)

Pierre Mendell (born 1929 in Essen)
Lived in France between 1934 and 1947; emigrated to the USA in 1947; in 1953 returned to France, where he worked in the family textiles company; in 1958 began studying graphic design under Armin Hofmann at the Schule für Gestaltung in Basle; the Mendell & Oberer studio was founded in 1961 in Munich.

Pierre Mendell (1929 – 2008) was one of the world's leading graphic designers. For almost 30 years he played a role in creating the visual identity of the neue sammlung - the international design museum munich.

Pierre Mendell's work is characterized by elements which are often missing in much contemporary graphic design: vibrancy, communicative force, poetry, and humor. His cultural posters and corporate design identities -- including his designs for Vitra and Siemens, for which he is probably best known -- are timeless yet contemporary. The success of his designs demonstrate that the strength of all graphic work depends on an overarching concept, not on current fads.



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