22 Feb

Words and music

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 13 Folder 1: Concert Associates, Inc., Stecher & Horowitz announcement, undated. (Full size)

Here, a few of the pieces Brownjohn, Chermayeff & Geismar designed for Concert Associates. The exemplify the work of the firm at the time, which was busy exploring the properties of vernacular signage; type became a visual form for them and was utilized like another medium. Robert Brownjohn’s design for pianists Stecher & Horowitz hints at a cleaner version of Tony Palladino’s Psycho book jacket.

The form and scale of the number 5 below reminds me of one of the firm’s most famous works, the three-ton number 9 that sits outside 9 W. 57th Street in Manhattan.

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 13 Folder 1: Concert Associates, Inc., Roger Wagner Chorale announcement, 1960.

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 13 Folder 1: Concert Associates, Inc., Robert Gerle announcement, undated.

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 13 Folder 1: Concert Associates, Inc., Stecher & Horowitz announcement, undated.

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 13 Folder 1: Concert Associates, Inc., Solisti di Zagreb announcement, c. 1960.

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