HBL Book of the Week: 10x10 by Emiliano Ponzi

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

10x10 (Corraini, 2011) shows the work of Italian illustrator Emiliano Ponzi from the last ten years - all of which (both work and thoughts) happened in a room 10 x 10 metres big in Milan, in which the illustrator works.

HBL loves: The book includes 70 illustrations and four narrative sections (with texts in Italian and English). An introduction by Nicholas Blechman (the New York Times book review’s art director) explains how Ponzi’s work is successfully “universal without being generic”. A selection of anonymous emails with ironic, funny, critical, caustic comments, and a choice of four different covers, complete the offering.

Emiliano Ponzi’s customers have included The New York Times, Le Monde, Time, The Economist, Newsweek, United Airlines, Penguin books, Saatchi&Saatchi New York and, in Italy, the Triennale Design Museum. Alongside this impressive roster are the numerous international awards he has received.

Until November 26th, Milan's 121+ bookshop is showing a selection of 15 boards, which exemplify the elegance, graphic taste and originality of Emiliano Ponzi’s illustrations.