Remember my fascination with Ork Posters from a few weeks ago, those magical typographic maps of cities around the world, split up into neighborhoods? At the time, I was lamenting that there wasn’t a Stockholm poster. But then I saw this picture, from Swedish interior designer and stylist Lotta Agaton’s new shop in Stockholm:
It’s hard to spot on the wall, but there it is. It’s obviously an Ork Poster, right? I mean, it looks exactly the same as all the other posters of different cities, with the different neighborhoods are typed out in varying heights and sizes. After a furious search of the internet (someone should hire me to be a private investigator, I’m telling you), I discovered that NO, it wasn’t an Ork Poster at all, but rather a print from a Swedish company called LocalGraphics.
I love them so much I’ll let it slide that I’m pretty sure they’re directly ripping off Ork’s entire idea. Or maybe they came first, I don’t know! Either way, a void has been filled by the missing Stockholm print, and if I could only decipher their site to figure out how to order one of these (they have a bunch for different areas of Sweden, including the adorably named Malmö. Pretty sure I’m going to nickname my future child that, it sounds like Elmo and Marshmallow mixed together), I’d have it hanging in my house by now. They’re pricier than their Ork equivalents, at almost 3 times the cost not including shipping, but when has price ever stopped me? I thought so.
Around the same time as this was all happening, a Chicago-based architect and designer Jerome Daksiewicz emailed me a link to his portfolio site, a multi-disciplinary creative studio called Nomo Design. He has a series of Runway posters, which are prints of airports around the world with their official 3 letter code, and a linear sketch of their runway layouts.
What I think I love most about them is that they look almost like the inverse of an Ork Poster in their minimalism and color. Where Ork Posters/LocalGraphics posters are busy and cluttered, these are simple, elegant, and almost eerie in their shape. Doesn’t San Francisco’s kind of look like a gun? They’re also extremely unique. There are currently 4 available for purchase in the Nomo Design shop, 3 available for pre-order, and 4 more coming soon. I’m eyeing up the Heathrow print, and wishing a Charles De Gaulle runway print makes an appearance soon. Okay, fine, and an Arlanda print to round out my Stockholm poster-lust.
At $26 a piece, they’re well priced for their size and craft. A portion of the proceeds from each poster sold goes to Challenge Air, a program that works with special needs children and provides flight experiences and aviation training, providing “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to special needs children and youth through the gift of flight.” So it’s art for a good cause, and you get the karmic satisfaction of having enriched the lives of a disabled child by decorating your home. Win win.
Would you get one of these Runway prints of your city? Unfortunately, PHL is like the world’s worst airport so I’d rather have a European one, if for no other reason then that I could always be reminded of trips there. Also, what’s your take on that LocalGraphics vs Ork Posters situation? I know I should be more stringent about blatant copies (oh, and that site I accused of copying my Tangerine Tango post tweeted me basically saying they had no idea what I was talking about. Right.) but until Ork gets on their game and makes a Stockholm print, this is really the only option.