Natalie Bringolf / Kristin Irion
Signage works (2006-2011)
The Bringolf Irion Vögeli Perspective
For their competition entry, the firm of Bringolf Irion Vögeli have submitted a selection of their work from the period spanning from 2006 to 2011. Kristin Irion and Natalie Bringolf and their team of designers are among Switzerland's foremost specialists in signage design.
All the projects in Bringolf Irion Vögeli's portfolio show an enthusiasm for dealing with a wide variety of materials - whether taken from architecture or developed through a meticulous process of trying out new shapes and visual profiles. In every example of their lettering one can see the pleasure the team takes in script, materials and innovation. These designers think a step ahead and on a grander scale. It is not simply a question of adding information to the building, it is also a case of adding value and the purposeful touch of a designer.
One telling example is Peter Märkli's Visitor Center on the Novartis Campus in Basel. The signage design boldly takes up space in the interior of the building. Whilst the materials are borrowed from the architect's striking and prominent railings, the forms are liberated individual three-dimensional objects which, depending on the light incidence and where the viewer is standing, either allow the scripts to be read or turn them into abstract shapes. The same successful balancing of integration and addition is visible in other projects of Bringolf Irion Vögeli - frequently as soon as one sees the outer façade. The City Garden Hotel in Zug, for instance, is embellished with large letters which project from the façade. The lettering engages in a dialogue with the material - which it reflects - and with the sculptural design of the architecture.