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Trend Alert: New Geometry, The Return of the Art Poster

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Trend Alert: New Geometry, The Return of the Art Poster

April 18, 2017

Since the days of Art Nouveau Paris, the poster has been the affordable, low-commitment way to introduce art to a room: Who didn’t grow up with a framed museum print or three? I myself received my first art history lessons during my weekly pilgrimages to the great poster department at the Harvard Coop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. But it’s been years since I’ve had posters on my wish list—until now.

Of late, I’ve been noticing a revival of stylish art posters and prints. In particular, I like the bold geometrics coming out of Scandinavia (and kindred design studios elsewhere). Look no further for easy-to-live-with fields of color. Here are favorites from six sources plus some simple, tape-free approaches to hanging these prints; no trip to the frame store required.

The Poster Club

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Above: The Poster Club of Copenhagen commissions artists, photographers, and designers to create its extensive collection of Scandinavian-inflected posters and prints. Abstract Cubism (left) and Abstract Construction (right) by Atelier CPH each come in two sizes: 30 by 40 centimeters, €49 ($52.37) and 50 by 70 centimeters, €89 ($95.12). Shipping is free worldwide with the purchase of two or more posters.

The Picture Room

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Above: A favorite Remodelista haunt, The Picture Room has just moved from Nolita to Brooklyn Heights. Dots V (Dark Blue) is from LA artist Benjamin Critton’s Dot series. Part of a silkscreened edition of 50, it measures 24 by 16 inches; $100 unframed, $375 framed.

Paper Collective

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Above: Paper Collective is another notable online poster shop based in Denmark that curates its own editions. In addition to printing on archival quality FSC-certified paper, it donates 10 percent of all sales to causes chosen by its artists. Wrong Geometry 05 is part of a series of five geometric prints by Wrong Studio of Copenhagen.

The print is available in two sizes: 30 by 40 centimeters, €29 ($30.99) and 50 by 70 centimeters, €45 ($48.10). Like the Poster Club, Paper Collective also sells its prints through a number of retailers. This photo is via Dowse, an art print shop based in Hove, England, that offers Wrong Geometry in the 50-by-70-centimeter size for £55 ($69.72).

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Above: Paper Collective’s Stiicks Magnetic Frames come with two pairs of wooden bars that secure the top and bottom of the prints with strong magnets. The frames come in three sizes and four finishes starting at €37.50 ($39.91).

The print is Wrong Geometry 02; 30 by 40 centimeters, €29 ($30.99) and 50 by 70 centimeters, €45 ($48.10).

Studio Esinam

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Above: Architect Sebastian Gokah and art director Josefine Lilljegren are the creative duo behind Gothenburg, Sweden’s Studio Esinam, best known for its city landmarks poster series in black and white. Colors No. 3 is from a recent collection of color-block prints. It measures 70 by 100 centimeters and costs $94.05. Shipping is free on orders of 1,200 SEK ($133.85) or more.

Studio Esinam’s prints are also sold by the Finnish Design Shop, as are a number of other Scandinavian posters. Colors No. 3 is $84.

Playtype

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Above: Swedish typography as art poster: Playtype’s Macrography, a closeup of the letter A, measures 50 by 70 centimeters and sells for €32.80 ($34.94). Playtype is a Copenhagen type foundry and concept store. We’ve been admiring their font-based art and accessories for years: See Why Does Everything Cool Happen in Copenhagen?

Hues & Fables

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Above: Graphic designer Kristin Poh’s Perth, Australia, workshop, Hues & Fables, specializes in simple prints, including a kids’ line. Part of Poh’s Form series, Mélange No. 01, 40 by 50 centimeters, is $43.26 via the studio’s Etsy shop.

Hanging is easy: Take a look at Six Simple Ways to Hang Art.

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