- Products designed by an exceptional selection of cutting-edge practitioners from all disciplines: Laurinda Spear, Tsao & McKown, Petra Blaisse, Kevin Walz, Grethe Sorenson, Boym Partners, Frank Tjepkema, Karim Rashid, and more
- An inside look at the clever, contemporary branding and marketing that has differentiated Wolf-Gordon as an endlessly inventive design mind
- Multilayered, image-driven presentation with engaging texts by three noted design writers
- Capsule history of 50 years of trends in American commercial interior design
American design company Wolf-Gordon celebrates 50 years in business with its first book, a lively and visually stunning compendium of product design (wallcovering and textile design), creative projects, showrooms, and branded materials. The company is particularly known for its collaborations with international creative minds Laurinda Spear, Karim Rashid, Petra Blaisse on imaginatively patterned and coloured wallcovering. Wolf-Gordon has set itself apart in the industry ranked the #1 brand by readers of Contract Magazine
with an approachable and informal yet relentlessly design-obsessed public presence. This attitude is evident in every item produced by the company, large or small, from a postcard announcing a new wallcovering collection to a 12-foot-long scarf made from over 70 upholstery samples to a 1,300-pound suspended sculpture at the Neocon trade fair. Wolf-Gordon: Sample Book
features more than 100 product designs (in more than 1,000 colourways); five themed presentations showcasing the astounding breadth of product- and communications-related materials developed by Wolf-Gordon; three articles on the company's design perspective and process; and a fascinating first-person history of the company from its earliest days to the present. Contents: Preface / Marybeth Shaw; Introduction / Rick Wolf and David Gordon; The Early Years / Paul Makovsky; The Creative Process / Melissa Feldman; The Collections / Ellen Lupton; Wolf-Gordon: Own Voice / An Oral History by David Sokol; Products: 1967-1996; Products: 1997-2003; Products: 2004-2011; Products: 2012-2015; Product Design; Sales Tools; Graphics and Branding; Ad Sculptures; Taking Form.
American design company Wolf-Gordon, founded in 1967, has been putting design first for 50 years. In addition to a wide range of wallcoverings, Wolf-Gordon offers upholstery and drapery textiles, Scuffmaster paints, and Wink clear dry erase coating. Melissa Feldman is a freelance design and style editor in New York. She has written and produced stories for T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Manhattan, Glamour, Departures, and Azure and is editor at large for Coastal Living magazine. Ellen Lupton is curator of contemporary design at the Cooper Hewitt in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. An AIGA Gold Medalist, she has written numerous books and articles on design. Paul Makovsky is the editorial director of Metropolis magazine. He has collaborated on numerous art and design exhibitions and is currently writing a biography of Florence Knoll. He was a Smithsonian Fellow at the Cooper Hewitt.