Swiss grit and graft
True PrintEssays by David Shields and Rudolf Barmettler
Lars Müller, £35 / €40
Dafi Kühne is a design polymath, a man of many and often contrasting ideas, styles and skills, and letterpress is the common thread that brings his ideas to fruition. From his studio in Näfels, Switzerland, Kühne focuses on the poster, something of a national concern for his fellow Swiss designers. But whereas Swiss design is known for its purist aesthetic, Kühne turns this on its head.
Cover of True Print.
Top: A proofing press in Kühne’s studio photographed by Peter Hauser.
Ross Shaw designer, art director, printmaker, Oxon
Read the full version in Eye no. 94 vol. 24, 2017
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