As much as I love digital design, my Macs and creative software, it’s great now and again to go back to basics and create some hand-made design. I received an invite from The Storehouse restaurant, part of Adina Apartment Hotel, Amerika Plads, Nordhavn, Copenhagen to paint their blackboards.
When I made my living doing this in London in the nineties working on a brand new refurbishment was always special. Brand new blackboards, to go with a brilliantly designed restaurant with a modern Danish theme. It was great to add some ‘pixie dust’ to the final touches of the interior design. Others may prefer to refer to it as just ‘chalk dust’.
The joy of a blank canvas, ready to paint.
Bottom left-hand corner, I added a subtle detail from Édouard Manet’s The Absinthe Drinker, (see below) which can be found at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. This was a reference to the restaurant’s Danish style.
The original Manet painting the bottle was copied from. www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Absinthe_Drinker
You can see examples of my blackboard art from London in the nineties which also includes Manet.