Ib Antoni for Bing & Grondahl
Ib Antoni (1929-1973) was a very well known and much loved graphic designer before his untimely death in 1973. He is known world wide for his now iconic poster design, especially for the posters of The Little Mermaid, Tivoli and Copenhagen.
I never knew until I discovered the ceramic wall plaques pictured in this post, that Antoni had designed a whole series of charming and very smart graphical and colourful designs for Bing & Grondahl – I presume late 1960s, early 1970s going by the style of design. The use of flat, graphical areas of bold colour, subtle detailing and outlining, really makes these designs pop.
I’m not sure how many designs were in the series, but from what I can make out, each of the stylised creatures represented on the plaques has at least 2 different versions. Absolutely charming…and unique.
I discovered also that some of these designs were made into carpets/rugs for Egetæpper and Unika Væv Denmark.
Post 2010 a legacy site has been set up to continue the designs of Ib Antoni, some of which are still being discovered – it is well worth a look HERE
There is also a Facebook page HERE for the Antoni Legacy Co. which is very well done.