field guide to emerging design talent 2005
Agathe Jacquillat, Tomi Vollauschek, FL@33
LATIN NAME: Insula Triennia
AGES: 29 and 31
French-born Agathe Jacquillat and Austrian-born Tomi Vollauschek met on
the Royal College of Art's post-graduate Communication Art and Design
course in London and set up FL@33 after graduating in July 2001. FL@33
deals in "graphic design, including its blurry boundaries."
The studio's clients include MTV Networks/VHI European, Creative Review,
Laurence King Publishing, Royal Festival Hall, Alsop Architects/Valencia
Biennale 2003, Toicommoi.com, Matelsom, and …cole Normale de Musique
"We believe that keeping a balance between commissioned and self-initiated
projects and publications is good for one's soul, and also good for out
customers," says FL@33. Their personal projects include trans-form,
a magazine, CD-ROM, and website dedicated to exploring the magic of urban
sculptures that appear and disappear in the cities we are living in. Another
personal project is Bzzzpeek.com, a website that juxtaposes animal and
vehicle noises from different countries using sound recordings from native
speakers. FL@33's most recent endeavor is Stereohype.com, an online boutique
of limited-edition commissioned artworks.
As students, Jacquillat and Vollauschek tended to listen constantly to
music as they worked. "For some strange reason we have altered this
habit. Now we either work in total silence - without even realizing it
- or we listen to music far too loud and can't even hear the phone ringing."
FL@33 is currently based in London's Notting Hill area, chosen for its
plentitude of bars and restaurants, to "cheer us up in our spare
time:" Spring 2005 sees FL@33's move eastward across London to a
new (and much larger) office space in Clerkenwell.
Aidan Walker, editorial director of Media 10, London: "What appeals
to me about FL@33 is their totally original imagination, their quirky
sense of curiosity which they manage to express in the most elegant and
eloquent ways. Their projects are infused with a highly individual humor
that contes from ironie and precise observation. The world is definitely
a better place for the work of Agathe and Tomi."
WRITTEN BY: ALICE TWEMLOW