Gilles and Cecilie Studio is a multi-disciplinary agency for visual communication providing illustration, interior, installation and wallpainting for their clients. Here you can read about their inspiration, travels and work in progress.
It's friday! It's lunch with Jonni. Today we went to Embassy East. Friends of Jonni have just opened a new cafe on 285 Hoxton Street called Embassy East. We we're welcomed by Chris, Lehi and Tommy. Coffee to distinction, tasty pork sandwich for Jonni and Gilles and Cauliflower soup for me. Everything was very nice, so we definitely recommend this place. It's open from 8 - 6 monday to friday and 10 to 6 saturday and sunday. I think I need to go there for breakfast coffee and free WiFi soon again.
We have been commissioned by TBWA in LA to illustrate diet Pepsi pattern for their latest campaign Love Every Sip. Here is a preview. Thanks to our agents at Vaughan Hannigan and the creative team at TBWA for making it happen.
It's friday. It's lunch with Jonni. And it has been to long since last friday lunch. Our autumn have been extremely hectic with a lot of travel days and we have not been able to lunch every friday as planned. Finally we are back on track for a while. This friday we went to Pizza East in Shoreditch for some pizza (obviously), a glass of italian beer and two starters, Olives and almonds and fried calamari (Gilles favourite)
I really like this place because of the buzzing athmosphere and because it is a really big space with wood, old furniture, metal and industrial materials, a lot of friendly waiters and music that makes you want to dance and sing.
We spent a weekend at home in Vestfold, Norway. A small county south of Oslo with a beautiful coastline and a lot of history. We went to visit Munchs summerhouse in Åsgårdstrand. It was the end of the afternoon, everything was blue. It's like walking inside his paintings. Next time I want to go in the summer, but it felt very true to see this in the winter. Gilles and I went to Pompidou in Paris last year to see a big retrospective of Munchs work. This was a great follow up to that.
This postcard is from Melsomvik in Norway. It's in Stokke Kommune, where I grew up. Every summer we used to hang out here to swim, to barbeque and to just be together with friends and family. I also really like the sea and the beach in the winter. A lot of Norwegians go to their cabins in the mountains and I go to the beach. We were lucky to discover that this last weekend in january, the sea was frozen and it was strong enough for us to walk on. So we did, me, my mum and Gilles, we walked on the sea, in the middle of the fjord. Sometimes you can hear buldering and cracking sounds, which is a bit scary. Beautiful day, sunshine and walking on ice :-)
Our good friends Jess and Terry offered me the cookbook Plenty by Ottolenghi for my last birthday. The images in the book are great and everything looks delicious, so I started to make the food. Dish by dish as days goes by. I spend in between 1 and 1.5 hours to prepare the dishes, which is totally fine for me. I love listening to the radio as I cut and prepare all the ingredients before cooking them. All the recipes I tried so far have been very tasty. Above is Mango and coconut rice salad which you can find on page 244.
We love food, eating it and cooking it. I want to share more of What's cooking? in our studio and our home. A lot of it takes time, but food is important to us and we think it is good to spend time on the most essential things in life like each other, cooking, sleeping and doing what we are passionate about.
This first photo is a quick snack: Multigrain thins from Rude Health, soft goat cheese, slice of roasted ham and pommegrenate. Colourful plates; Rex from Habitat.
For these illustrations we have been inspired by our female friends that are travelling a lot, working independently and that are organised and inspiring. They would carry their laptop with them as well as knitting gear, a camera, novelty pens and something personal. One of the women we were inspired by is Christina, you can learn more about her by reading her blog.
Here we are inspired by Jonni, our friend which is a photographer. We made the content of the Moleskine Tote Bag fit to what he would bring around with him. Since he is a coffee connoisseur, we also drew his own personal teaspoon :-)
We designed holiday greeting cards again for our agent in USA and ASIA Vaughan Hannigan. In 2011 we made a design that were legible once you folded it together and assembled as an origami star. In 2012 we designed patterns for 3 different polyhedras for the receiver to print out and make.
I (Cecilie) am from the Norwegiancountryside and as I remember, every saturday we would make stuff on the kitchen table at home. Even more so during december. I believe it is even more important today to sit down and make something physical, hence the idea of producing something tactile.
I am re-posting a photo taken by a receiver of the Holiday Greeting card. Follow Anna on twitter
That made me superhappy to see someone making them up!
We made these window displays for Moleskine last year as part of Rinascente Department Store in Milan. The theme was travel. We made our own world by choosing 10 countries, 10 types of travel and Moleskine items and products that we would bring on those trips. Each country was made of wood, coated in bright colours and printed with drawings. The wallpaper is a pattern of passport stamps that we made up. The Moleskine bags are hanging on Giant Map pins that were also made specially for this display.
We have just finished a tall wallpainting at Skullerud Torg in Oslo in which we titled Bird Nest. The birds are some of the local birds that live around the lake called Østensjøvannet. More than 209 bird species are residing in this area and the wall is a homage to the nature surrounding these new blocks of flats. We have painted magpies, wagtails and more.
The wall is 14.5m tall and 2m wide. You can visit by taking the tube number 3 in Oslo towards Mortensrud, stopping at Skullerud. Felix Arkitects have designed the buildings and StorOslo Prosjekt is the commissioner of the artwork.