Making Small Talk with Anthony Burrill

Last summer, when Parisian shop of shops Colette closed for renovations, it called upon British designer Anthony Burrill to fill the windows with graphics that would both communicate the temporary closing and cheer up disappointed pilgrims to the temple of curated cool. Burrill’s arresting riffs on familiar signage and labels were such a hit that Colette invited him back earlier this year for an in-store exhibition of “Geometry in Nature,” his new series of work in laser-cut plastic. Other recent projects include covers for Wallpaper, web-based projects for bands such as Kraftwerk and Air, and “The Right Kind of Wrong,” a “quite outdoorsy installation” (think text and images crafted out wood, rope, and plants) created in collaboration with furniture designer Michael Marriott. Next Thursday evening, Burrill hits New York City for a Small Talk event hosted by AIGA/NY. We asked art director, illustrator, and artist Deanne Cheuk—who helped to organize the event—how she would describe Burrill’s work. “(Typo)graphic, simplistic, and communicative,” concluded Cheuk. And don’t forget ambitiously versatile. Burrill’s presentation is titled “Go everywhere, do anything.” More information at AIGA/NY.