| creative review
nov 2002 |
mark sinclair |
p.61 | print version
made in britain |
cover artwork by FL@33
"At the Royal College of Art, we heard about the theory and philosophy of the 'power of three'," explains Agathe Jacquillat, one half of design company FL@33. "It says that work should be created using an equal balance of brains, hands and heart. We always try to keep that in mind." Along with design partner Tomi Vollauschek, the pair's multi-disciplinary design company has gone from strength to strength since they met on the RCA's Communication Art and Design course in 1999 and, a year later, began to collaborate on small projects. "We believe," says Jacquillat, "we're quite a 'dream-team' as we inspire and sometimes complement each other."
As a Franco-Austrian partnership (Jacquillat is from Paris, Vollauschek originally from Frankfurt) the pair have made much of their multilingualism within their design projects. "This definitely helps us find interesting contacts outside of the UK," explains Vollauschek, "and as we travel frequently to our native countries we feel inspired by the cultural differences, land and cityscapes." Indeed, trans-form, their most lauded project to date, was an investigation into the ideas and aesthetics of the cityscape. "Trans-form is a good example how we work and think," says Vollauschek. "The starting point for the project was our studio view of a construction site in London. After realising that from our specific point of view the tower cranes seemed to dance, draw, and shape letters, we decided to develop different ideas and perspectives on this everyday observation. Trans-form is somehow our visual mission statement."
London also represents the embodiment of a multiculturalism that FL@33 feel so at home within. "The main reason why London is a special place to live and work is the international culture and spirit," explains Jacquillat. "We came here to develop our minds and skills, to build on our photography, print and typography backgrounds and since then we've done a lot of websites, animations, motion graphics and interactive applications. Also, in the UK as a whole, illustration has become an even more important, vibrant, and refreshing movement within the graphic design scene."
See flat33.com, trans-port.org and the fascinating bzzzpeek.com for an exploration of international animal sounds.
[img: butterfly pencil sculpture illustration]
[img: postcard: cityscape metamorphosis]
[img: royal festival hall: orchestral music series]
other FL@33 profiles include
dpi magazine | 10-page profile | nov 2006
new graphic | 12-page profile | july 2006
computer arts 124 | 6-page profile | june 2006
+81 | 6-page profile | may 2006
and – art and design mag | 10-page profile | march 2005
step magazine | jan 2005
novum | 8-page profile | nov 2004
étapes:102 | 4-page article | nov 2003
grafik 110 | 6-page profile | oct 2003
page | 3-page article | april 2003
creative review | nov 2002
étapes:79 | dec 2001
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