Louis Reith. Geometry of Winter

Dutch design. I won­der if any­one who has at least slight­est interest in any kind of design, hadn‘t heard of this word com­bin­a­tion. I dare to doubt it. Netherland‘s art academies, known for for­ging one of the best future design­ers, attracts a lot of interest. Constructive design style became Netherlands’s trade­mark. In one or the other way, encoun­ters with design com­ing from this coun­try are pretty com­mon. And each time it‘s a pleas­ant sur­prise. It looks like Dutch people aren‘t going to let this qual­ity trade­mark gather dust. But this time, I sug­gest you give your­self a por­tion of con­struct­ive graphic images and take a look at one of the lesser known mod­ern pioneer‘s Louis Reith works.

Louis Reith is a young artist and graphic designer from Netherlands. But his cre­at­ive growth was affected by Belgium too, where he was inspired by local illus­trat­ors while work­ing in one of the advert­ise­ment agen­cies. His graphic style par­tially formed there. In 2007, he moved back to Netherlands, where he com­bines Art & Crossmedia stud­ies, job as freel­ance graphic designer and tak­ing part in vari­ous per­sonal and group shows.

While look­ing at his works, I try to under­stand and find a source of its mag­netic attrac­tion and charm. It looks as his for­mula is pretty simple: old book cover with appro­pri­ate aged tex­ture covered in hand drawn geo­met­rical shapes and lines. Simple and down to earth squares and tri­angles here obtains entirely new look. Sallow book paper, by its own gives vin­tage graph­ics sen­sa­tion. We can sense influ­ence from Dutch icon Piet Zwart and Bauhaus too. When most cre­at­ors try to rein­vent the wheel, it seems like the point of it all is just hid­den in unex­pec­ted simplicity.

However, Reith‘s works mostly remind of winter‘s minus fif­teen Celsius frost, dark, dread­ful machinery of metal industry and dis­tilled water. You can add atmo­sphere of drafts­man­ship lec­ture. It is clearly presen­ted and reserved on meta­phors design. To sim­plify – bold and true. Or is it the evid­ence of com­plex forms and abund­ance of color not being clearly the focal point of effect­ive graph­ics and design? On this occa­sion, I would wish every­one to absorb a little bit of constructivism.

Aleksandr Pasevin
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