I thought it was about time I wrote about my favourite design duo. Based in France, Atelier Bingo consist of Maxime Prou & Adèle Favreau; they both share a passion for illustration, surface pattern design and graphic arts. To me, their designs are the most fun and distinct out of any other contemporary design studios around at the moment. They began with just specialising in screen-printed posters, combining different media such as collage, gouache paint, inks and pens, to create beautifully bright and playful compositions. Their signature style is using roughly cut-out shapes, collaged in seemingly random placements, with vibrant colour palettes. Mark making techniques are also commonly used. I would happily fill all the walls of my house with their designs.
They are consistently growing as a company, working on many new types of projects such as rugs, stationery and gift wrap designs, and rising in popularity. Through the wonderful world of Instagram, I’ve noticed how influential they’re becoming on many other designers’ work (including my own). When I look at their work, all I can think about is how brave they are to be able to freely put together all these uneven shapes and contrasting colours. You can tell that they just have fun creating it. I wish I was able to be this brave with my work without worrying about whether it will look messy! As an exercise, I’m going to do some mark making and create some quick collages of shapes, without putting too much thought into it.