quartier des bains

12.03.2015

While I was in Switzerland in September this year, I visited my friend in the Quartier des Bains in Geneva. Think of it as the SoHo and/or Chelsea of Geneva: Full of art galleries, museums and quaint, well-designed coffeeshops, bars and restaurants.

We met up at Art Bartschi & Cie, a renowned gallery in the neighborhood, where she works. The branding and storefront of the gallery itself exudes sophistication, a great preview of what the interior has to offer. Based around a grid, the ‘Bartschi’ in the logo stands a notch below the ‘Art’, while the ‘& Cie’ makes use of the surrounding negative space to occupy an entirely different part of the surface.

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The exhibit at the time related to the theme of language and typography – what more could I ask for?

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Always a fan of neon lights! For the life of me, I cannot remember the names of the artists or pieces on display here, so forgive this post full of anonymous appreciation.

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This piece was impactful in several ways: From a distance, its most notable characteristics is its shape, which is reminiscent of comic book drawings. As you approach it, the beige-like color starts to discern itself as a cluster of many colors. Come even closer, and you notice that the piece is not flat, but made of straws glued together, partially filled with various paint colors. The effect is mesmerizing, and no photograph can do it justice: It feels like a physical optical illusion, as your eyes try to understand and adjust to the blurry effect the straws create as you walk back and forth past the piece.

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This picture shows only a tiny extract of a very large, detailed and beautiful piece. The details throughout this drawing were striking!

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This piece merges my love for drawing and design, to create an intriguing juxtaposition of graphic, detailed, old-fashioned illustrations, with hand-painted lettering and textured black paint, all laid-out in a beautiful composition. This piece could just as easily be a poster as it is a canvas.

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We then walked around the neighborhood. This plaza, which I believe is part of a museum, was beautifully designed, making use of both organic and angular shapes to highlight the modern architecture as well as the well-kept gardens and plants.

quartier_des_bains72015-09-01 19.52.33The bars, coffeeshops and storefronts also proved to be a great source of inspiration. I fan-girled especially hard when we walked past Kraken, a bar who’s branding I came across online a few months before, and had been particularly drawn to. I love the lettering, the illustrative style, and its octopus drawing (which I unfortunately couldn’t get a decent picture of).

quartier_des_bains6quartier_des_bains4And last but not least, the design of this museum’s side door is so simple yet so striking! I love the rectangle-within-a-rectangle branding system.

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