Saturday, April 17, 2010


The sewn type is installed. Why I do not have an image of the complete installation escapes me. But then again, most of my brain was given over to this show for the past 4 months and I haven't been thinking clearly. I will make sure to get some shots.

If you're in Los Angeles, please stop by the Autry to see the show... I'd love to hear what you think about the exhibition. I worked with 3 other designers, each of us with our own skill set. While I did drawings for all the furniture and helped with getting it built, the contribution I am most proud of is the material palette. The entire exhibition is very rich in texture.... I'm so happy with the outcome.

And now onto new projects and catching up on all the things I've been neglecting; eg: this blog and the beasts.

p.s. a big thank you to CP and CG for helping me with the type wall. It was pretty insane. About an hour a letter, if not more. It was an enormous project; no way I could have done it alone. Thanks you guys, xo.


alexandra said...

Hi Debi,
I dont have your email address, so I will have to post my note to you as a "public" comment... Hopefully you will see it. I took the kids to the Autry on Sunday and we loved the exhibition -- esp its design. There were so many incredible moments. What a beautiful use of materials. So thoughtful AND transcendent. Sam and Ani appreciated the interactive aspects. They each posted favorite homemade dishes, and loved the experience of being read to on the ear pieces. The poured concrete pedestals at the entrance were gorgeous. The kids loved the words made from corn kernels. Too much to write here! Send your email address. x, Alexandra L.

K said...

Oh how lovely. How did you come across this commission?

debi van zyl said...

hi kelly- actually i worked on the design of the whole show, and when it came down to the woven type, it seems like i should just do it! would love it if it were a commission! hopefully more type experiments are in my future.