Nrmal, a unique music festival that takes place in Mexico City – curated a list of 30 graphic artists in order to collaborate in a poster exhibition that will be held during the festival, focused on international designers with a strong approach to experimentation and a very personal insight of design.
They invited me to design one of the 30 artworks that will shape the exhibition. Thank you so much Mauro Bonillo ♡
Initials LA is a photo management and production agency based in Antwerp.
They created The ILA Gift Guide with their favorite photography related items.
Jambon book included and amongst these other real treasures.
Thank you ILA :) ♡ x
From Left to Right:
Mads Teglers 'Jambon', buy here.
Martien Mulder 'The City Of Beautiful', buy here.
Frederik Vercruysse 'INDEX 2006-2016', buy here.
Tripod City 'Made In China', buy here.
'Rue Neuve' by Bob Jeusette & Tom Galle, buy here.
David Sims 'Supreme', buy here.
Saul Leiter 'Painted Nudes', buy here.
Bryan Schutmaat 'Grays the Mountain Sends', buy here.
In 2017, I will start working on a 'Half, Hart’ book: creative people sharing stories about their Half Hart. Some of them will be shot by photographer @madsteglers.
Half, Hart is about always and never really feeling at home. Half, Hart is about belonging to more than just one place. Half, Hart is about trying to glue parts.
Read the basics here.
I am looking for designers, photographers, musicians, architects, ... that want to share a story about this and contribute to the book. Please email me at hello(at)stephaniespecht.com
Some of the logos I designed in the last 2 year were published in this beautiful book 'Art Marks' by Counter-Print.
Featured logos: Antwerpen Kunstenstad / artlead / Britt Guns / Lise-Joanna von Trip / Matters Of Space / Muhjo
Art Marks is a compendium of logos from galleries, photographers, artists, museums, educational institutions, theaters, musicians, architects and designers from all over the world.
You can buy the book here: http://www.counter-print.co.uk/book_tags/counter-print-items/?book=13014
I have a small feature in the latest This is Belgium 2 by The Word Magazine!
Photos by Thomas Ost, words by Dorien Schelfhout.
"I left Antwerp a couple of years ago, and moved around abroad for some time. Back then, I felt claustrophobic in the city and wanted to escape. But all the moving was tiresome and I decided to move back to Antwerp. This time around I feel very different about the city. I sometimes think of Antwerp as a city that behaves like a village; everyone knows everyone. It’s surely linked to the people I’ve met over the last years, but I feel like Antwerp has ‘woken up’, with more and more independent shops and galeries popping up around town. Things have also changed in terms of music. People are experimenting, and places like Het Bos, which offers the most varied and eclectic program in town, are proof of this fact. I have to say though, i’m quite lucky to have encountered the right people who’ve helped to open my eyes to this beautiful and strange city."
One of my works is up for auction on Belladonna, in New York. You can place your bid here.
Belladonna is a feminist avant-garde collective, founded in 1999 by Rachel Levitsky. Belladonna was started as a reading and salon series at Bluestocking’s Women’s Bookstore on New York City’s Lower East Side.
© Photo by Mattia Zoppellaro
It's such an honour to be featured in this Italian magazine Living Corriere amongst these designers. Thank you Dieter Van Den Storm for the interview and Mattia Zoppellaro photography for the photo! ♡♡
DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE
The city of Antwerp has been investing a lot in contemporary architecture the last couple of years, knowing it would attract another audience then the fashion crowd. When walking through the city one can take a walk through different periods and discover all kinds of architecture. Wander away in the Cogels Osylei, an impressive street with eclectic architectural beauties all built between 1894 and 1908. When walking along the river Scheldt, one can rediscover the black and white architecture of the eighties of architect Bob Van Reeth. And the Flanders Architecture Institute is situated in a new building of Stéphane Beel Architects and regularly shows the best of the best Flanders has to offer on contemporary architecture. Architecture as city marketing wouldn’t be at its best though, when the city wouldn’t have attracted some international names to strengthen its exposure. Ten years ago the new law court was built, following a competition won by the British architect Richard Rogers. The striking roof structure soon became a landmark, referring to the ships sailing in and out of the Antwerp port. The new Port House, which is being completed at the moment, was designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid. The futuristic shaped building, referring to Antwerp’s diamond sector, will be overlooking both the city and the harbour.
Also in the field of design Antwerp has a lot to offer, attracting all kinds of creative minds. Florist Mark Colle might not ring a bell, though he has been attracted by fashion designers such as Raf Simons, Dries Van Noten and Viktor & Rolf to decorate their shows. He is a floral mastermind and is one of the most sought-after individual florists at the moment. His floral arrangements can be discovered in the heart of the city. Another talent putting Antwerp on the map is graphic designer Stephanie Specht. This year she was named in the top 3 list of promising designers Flanders Style in Monocle’s The Forecast. «I lived in New York for a while, but I soon realised I couldn’t survive there. The city distracted me too much», recalls Stephanie Specht while asking for her love for Antwerp. «Here I am more in balance. The music scene inspires me a lot, whether it’s for my free work or my work for editors as Rizzoli». Jewellery store Muhjo and the book shop Buchbar both have logos designed by this 34 old year designer. «Weirdly enough, I never worked for the city of Antwerp», tells industrial designer Stefan Schöning. «I have been working for different cities designing public spaces or outdoor furniture, but never for my hometown». The 48 year old designer who has been working for international companies such as Fiam Italia, Jongform and Indera, is devoted to the city he calls his. «I think the pop up concept was conceived in Antwerp, as there’s always something new to discover. Hot and trendy places come and go, as there always the urge to innovate and launch new projects»
The amazing OFFF by Night Festival came to an end yesterday. I'm so happy to have been part of such an incredible event. So many amazing speakers, so much love! ♡ ♡ Thank you to everyone who came and listen to my talk too ...
Excited to create an additional logo element for Erika Bloom, a luxury holistic wellness brand (private Pilates, yoga, acupuncture, health counseling, and different bodywork modalities) with a flagship studio in NYC on the Upper East Side (and two locations in the Hamptons, a studio in Greenwich, Connecticut, and an outpost in Turks and Caicos at Amanyara)! Soon more about this.
Thursday, 20 October: New York, I will be broadcasting live (5PM – 6PM, NY time) from Picture Room, NYC as part of their project with Know Wave.
My heart belongs 50% to NYC and 50% to Antwerp. That’s why I’ll be playing all music produced on Belgian/Dutch soil, in NYC. HALF HART.
These totebags will be soon available! Bottle Green, Natural and Lavender.