Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cer-Té'nly a Nice Project.

Well it has been a little bit since my last post, but trust I've missed you. So I'm back at you with some goodness!

Once again, I had the good fortune of collaborating with my dear friend, the most awesome Rebecca Leigh Brian, and her bi-coastal studio Tribecca Designs. This go round, Tribecca's long-standing client was a fantastic caterer and boutique cafe by the name of Cer Té. Having made a name in catering their current storefront location was an energetic mix of catering, walk-in sack-lunch'ers and sit-down diners. The back dining area seems miles away from the bustling street not but a few steps away. So as you sit and sip an espresso and look over your menu, you're happily greeted by warm, friendly staff and you really are transported to another place right in the middle of the Big City. Can you tell I've been there and I LOVE it?!

I was commissioned to work on a series of drawings that would then be made into poster art that would hang in the dining area of their storefront location on West 55th in Manhattan, NYC. Naturally, I jumped at the chance, creating loosely styled "art nuveau" drawings that would soon become the posters that would hang in the dining area. The idea was to visually transport the customers to other nondescript places around Europe lending to the ambiance of the dine in experience at Cer Té. The result was a series of (4)-18" x 24" posters and (1)-40" x 32" poster matching the style, color and vibe of the cafe itself.














Thanks to Rebecca L. Brian, Tribecca Designs and the good people at Cer Té for the opportunity to work on such a great project. Drop in and see them if you're in the area, have a mocha and send pictures if you have a chance. ;-)


Cer Té
20 W 55th Street
New York, NY


Tribecca Designs

(Thx Rebecca B.!)

I will update this post when I have some pictures of the posters as they hang in their natural environment. Stay tuned...

8 comments:

Christina said...

Sounds like a place I would want to hang out in daily! Love the drawings!

Grafixgibbs said...

Love the art. Very nice feel to it. One question, why are the streets and cafe empty?42

Daniel Schutzsmith said...

Beautiful, beautiful work! Let me know if you want me to stop by the store and take pictures for you.

RDQLUS (Stevie G.) said...

Thx all. The streets and all are empty because as I drew them I was reminded of some old black & white posters of Paris I remember seeing as a kid. Being really drawn into them because I wanted to fill the picture with me, not join other people. So you know that feeling you get when you hit your fave shop first thing in the morn or when you see the wet street, unblemished from last nights rain... that's the vibe I wanted. "inhabit THIS place and build your own scene".

RDQLUS (Stevie G.) said...

Thanks DS! Let me double check to make sure they're up and I'll let you know. I hope the print quality is good! I hear they are getting a good response from those who have seen them but I don't know if that is just the staff or what?

Daniel Schutzsmith said...

oh man, the sketches totally feel like that. let me know.

Frk Nina said...

Love your work! :)

Frk Nina said...

Love your work :)