One lifetime is not enough
A Colorful Life: Gere Kavanaugh, DesignerEdited by Louise Sandhaus, Kat Catmur and Sara Stemen. Design by Louise Sandhaus and Kat Catmur. Princeton Architectural Press, £28.99, $40
If you are not familiar with the joyous work of designer Gere Kavanaugh, one look at the vibrant cover of her recent monograph, by Louise Sandhaus and Kat Catmur, will give you an immediate and visceral feel for her sensibility. Eye-popping with punchy colour, pattern and folksy warmth, the design doyenne’s work spans multiple mediums and seven decades, and – like many great talents of her generation – she has yet to stop. ‘One lifetime is not enough, even if you try,’ she said in a 2017 interview.
Cover of A Colorful Life: Gere Kavanaugh, Designer. Design by Louise Sandhaus and Kat Catmur.
Top. Spread from A Colorful Life showing Kavanaugh’s designs.
Aileen Kwun design critic, author and journalist, Brooklyn
Read the full version in Eye no. 99 vol. 25, 2019
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