Cathedral Project specimens

For those who appreciate design, here is a very attractive gift. A set of beautiful keepsakes, published at the occasion of the early celebrations for the 800-year anniversary of the Cathedral Saint-Étienne of Metz, France. All the material was conceived as specimens to publicly show work in progress versions of the bespoke typefaces commissioned for this singular event by the French Ministry of Culture. These typefaces were developed by Nouvelle étiquette (FR) & the PampaType foundry (AR) to serve the new information, signage and identity systems of the cathedral, and a series of public campaigns lead for the occasion by the city of Metz.

The set consists of a nicely designed brochure that briefly explains the concepts behind the project as well as the strategies and its in-site implementation, plus a special chapter Ceux qui habitent les murs (Those who inhabit the walls), a delicate text by French writer Hélène Giannecchini. The set also includes (originally six, now five) finely printed big-size greeting cards, designed to show at its best one of the fonts in particular, “Cathédrale Enluminée”: a collection of carefully hand-drawn initials inspired by the hilarious medieval personages, monsters and mythical chimeras found in the sculpted decoration all over the building.
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Authors Hélène Giannecchini and Nouvelle étiquette (Xavier & Émilie Pompelle, Francis Ramel & Julie Luzoir)
Published privately by Nouvelle étiquette with the support of Imprimerie Moderne, Pont-à-Mousson (FR)
Specimen & cards designed by Nouvelle étiquette
Typefaces designed by Alejandro Lo Celso, Francis Ramel and Julie Luzoir
Language French
Pages 40 (specimen) + 6 greeting cards
Papers Specimen: Olin Regular Natural White 170g (cover) & 100g (inner pages) / Cards: Olin Regular Natural White 400g
Size Both the cards and the booklet: 13 x 26,5 cm
Colors Black and Gold (specimen and cards)
Printing Imprimerie Moderne, Pont-à-Mousson (FR)

Know more
Read the article on the Cathedral project in our blog.
Have a quick look at our custom type page.