Rationalism on Set, exhibition catalogue, Estorick Collection, 2018
"Rationalism on Set: Glamour and Modernity in 1930s Italian Cinema" was an exhibition at the Estorick Collection in collaboration with RIBA, exploring a little-known period of Italian cinematic history, highlighting the strong Modernist influence apparent in the set designs created for a number of romantic comedies during the inter-war years. A selection of vintage photographs were complemented by sketches and contemporary periodicals from the Cineteca Nazionale, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Rome), the Cineteca di Bologna, the Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Turin) and the RIBA Collections.
The catalogue makes use of three different paper stocks to separate the featured essay, photos, and sketches. The type is our interpretation of a popular typeface contemporary to the period. The front cover was done in shiny, black foil, contrasting the uncoated gray paper and suggesting a reference to the italian modernist style featured in the exhibition.