After studying under renowned painter Giorgio Morandi in Bologna, Italy, Milton Glaser went on to co-found the revolutionary Push Pin Studios and the irreverent New York magazine. In 1974, he opened Milton Glaser, Inc., where he continues to produce an impressive body of work to this day. Among the world’s most celebrated graphic designers, Glaser has created some of the most recognizable and enduring graphics of our time, including the immortal “I Love New York” logo and numerous others. His vibrant Wavering Rug (2013) features a field of uneven stripes counterbalanced by a color gradation running perpendicularly to them. By gradually thickening these stripes lengthwise, Glaser succeeds in altering perception to create an illusion of pattern. Nani Marquina chose this design at first sight, realizing just how well it would translate into a rug. Together with the nonprofit Care & Fair, Nani Marquina is fighting against illegal child labor in the manufacturing of carpets. Made by hand in India.
Working pro bono on a marketing campaign for the state of New York in 1977, Milton Glaser designed the now ubiquitous “I Love New York” logo – perhaps the most instantly recognizable one on Earth. Though he was, by that time, arguably the most famous graphic designer in America, he didn’t expect the logo to take the entire world by storm. But he grasps why it did. “To understand the design, you have to translate it,” he told The Telegraph. “First of all, you have to figure out that the ‘I’ is a complete word, then you have to figure out that the heart is a symbol for an experience, then you have to figure out that ‘NY’ are the initials for a place. We know that the issue in all communication is moving the brain, and puzzles move the brain. This one makes everyone feel good because they solved the problem.” Read more >