- Back Cover
- la Biennale di Venezia
- Centre Pompidou
- Château de Versailles
- Chicken Bacon Lettuce
- Cité du Design
- La Commune
- DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion
- Éditions B42
- Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l’homme
- Fondation Cartier
- Groupe Bel
- Harvard Graduate School of Design
- Institut d’art contemporain
- Institut français
- institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse
- MADD — Bordeaux
- Manufacture, haute école des arts de la scène
- Mathieu K. Abonnenc
- Okayama Art Summit
- Pavillon de l’Arsenal
- Paris Design Week
- Paul Lepreux
- Petite Égypte
- Raphaël Zarka
- Saâdane Afif
- Tate Modern
- Verso Books
- Villa Kujoyama
Specializing in the fields of graphic design, visual communication and typography as well as the artistic supervision of publishing projects, the deValence studio, based in Paris, has, since its beginnings in 2001, emerged as a major player in French and European cultural circles.
Designing publications, visual identities, signage, internet sites and interfaces for a variety of contexts, both public and private, it has carried out projects for cultural institutions, publishing houses, commercial brands, press associations, artists, architects, etc. At deValence, importance is given to an approach based on dialogue and on a careful analysis of both the content and the context in which it is to be placed. Working within a tradition of graphic design that is both rigorous and innovative, it regards the graphic object as the outcome of this process, as a visual response specific to the specific requirements of the commission. In its designs for visual identities, the studio has shown its ability to come up with graphic designs that are both unique and flexible, suitable for long-term use and for application onto a variety of supports. deValence elucidates the processes involved in reading. Its projects are characterized by a dynamic approach to the relationship between text and image and by its particular attention to clarity of page design and to the structure of the object itself. Page, book or screen, they are all spaces producing meaning, involving an intimate dialogue between support, form and content.
Photography: Akihito Yoshida
Alexandre Dimosis graphic designer and publisher. He is in charge of project direction and management, graphic design, and follow-up the production and fabrication. He is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI).
Ghislain Tribouletis graphic designer. He is in charge of project direction and management, graphic design, and follow-up the production and fabrication.
Alex Chavotis graphic designer and type designer. He is in charge of project realization and designs original typefaces.
Clément Frassiis graphic designer. He is in charge of project realization and photographs for the studio.
François Dezafitis graphic designer. He is in charge of project realization for the studio.
Anne-Sophie Lenoiris studio manager.
DevelopersFlavien Loche, Loïc Hamet and Clic Clic Network.
PhotographersGrégoire Alexandre, Martin Argyroglo, Guillaume Belvèze, Yannick Labrousse, Philippe Lebruman, Camille Millerand, Paul Lepreux, Cyrille Weiner and Jérémie Souteyrat.
IllustratorsÉlodie Bouédec, Brecht Evens, Marion Fayolle, Jochen Gerner, John McNaught, Jeremy Perrodeau and Simon Roussin.
Motion designersCamille Nicolle-Goffart, Solène Falzon.
clients since 2001
Mathieu K. Abonnenc
Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’île de Vassivière
Centre National des Arts Plastiques
Château de Versailles
Cité du design
École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
Frac Pays de la Loire
Fondation Maison des science de l’Homme
Fonds municipal d’art contemporain, Paris
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Institut d’art Contemporain, Villeurbanne
Institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse
Jeu de Paume
La Commune, centre dramatique national, Aubervilliers
Le Coq Sportif
Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers
Magic, revue pop moderne
Manufacture, Haute école des arts de la scène
Manufacture nationale de Sèvres
Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris
Palais de Tokyo
Paris Design Week
Pavillon de l’Arsenal
PCA – Philippe Chiambaretta
Synagogue de Delme
Witte de With
The studio is invited by the DNP Foundation for an exhibition dedicated to the studio “Systems as Playgrounds” to be held at the ddd gallery in Kyoto from 28 August to 23 October.
The studio is awarded the Grand Prix for the 28th poster competition of the Biennale internationale de design graphique de Chaumont for a series designed for La Commune.
Ghislain is in charge of the “Design graphique et conception éditoriale” course at the ENSCI-Les Ateliers.
— Creation of the visual identity and communication for the exhibition “Metamorphosis. Art in Europe now” at the Fondation Cartier, as well as Encore Heureux Architectes’s identity.
— Design of the first volume of the monograph devoted to the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave (FMSH – Ministère de la culture)
— Design for a series of three publications devoted to the work of artist Bernar Venet (Dilecta).
— Graphic design for the monograph devoted to the work of Frédéric Teschner (B42). In collaboration with photographer Morgane Le Gall, the studio creates an innovative way of displaying the work of the French graphic designer.
— Design of the exhibition catalogue for “Memphis” at the MADD in Bordeaux.
— Design of the catalogue Atlas Picasso de la Méditerranée for the musée national Picasso, in Paris.
B42 Publication of the first monograph devoted to the work of Frédéric Teschner, who died in 2016. The project includes many contributions.
Terra Forma by Frédérique Aït Touati, Alexandra Arènes and Axelle Grégoire.
Publication of the fourth book by Bunpei Yorifuji, Le Catalogue de la mort.
Creation of the “Hyphen Press Series” which incorporates part of the catalogue of the publishing house established in London in 1980 by Robin Kinros, including Modern Typography and Unjustified Texts.
Cnap (French National Center for Visual Arts) acquires the series of elements composing visual identity of Raeber von Stenglin gallery.
Alexandre gets a scholarship from FNAGP (French National Foundation for Graphic and Plastic Arts) to pursue his research dedicated to Japanese graphic design he started in 2012 in Japan.
- Studio is invited by Encore Heureux, curators of French Pavillon of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, to design visual identity, catalogue, signage and website of "Infinite Places" exhibition.
- Studio redesigns the entire signage of Maison & Objet salon and a part of its visual identity.
- First collaboration with MADD Bordeaux (the Bordeaux Museum of Design and the Decorative Arts), on the occasion of designer Martin Szekely exhibition.
- Creation of a series of spin-off products for Rome Colosseum.
- Opening of Maison de la vache qui rit (House of the Laughing Cow). Design of visual identity and signage.
- First collaboration with Verso Books for the cover of A Walk Through Paris, by Éric Hazan.
B42Publishing house B42 celebrates its 10 years anniversary and launches a new website.
Bunpei Yorifuji is invited by Centre Pompidou on the occasion of Laterna Magica festival. Publication of La Vie merveilleuse des éléments (Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified).
Publication of the catalogue of French Pavillon of 16th Venice Architecture Biennale (dir. / Encore Heureux, coed / Institut français).
Art Queer by Renate Laurenz, La Gentrification des esprits (The Gentrification of the Mind), by Sarah Schulman and Mon musée de la Cocaïne (My Cocaine Museum), by Michael Taussig, are the first volumes of Culture collection, supervised by Mathieu K. Abonnenc.
Publication of Concevoir à grande échelle by Mathieu Mercuriali.
The studio is part of the exhibition “Design graphique: acquisitions récentes”, musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris.
- The studio designs the graphic identity and the catalogue of the 57th Venice Biennale, Christine Macel (cur.).
- Design of the “David Hockney” catalogue on the occasion of the exhibition of the artist at Centre Pompidou, Paris.
B42The publishing house is developping its activity: first issue of Back Office; releases of the books by Tony Côme about l’Institut de l’environnement and the writings of Aaron Swartz.
The musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris acquires a series of posters designed for La Commune, centre dramatique national d’Aubervilliers in its collection.
Clément Frassi becomes a collaborator of the studio.
- Design of the catalogue of the exhibition “Paul Klee. L’Ironie à l’œuvre” at the Pompidou Centre; catalogue of the exhibition “Réinventer Paris” at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal.
- Graphic identity, signage and website of Librairie Petite Egypte set in le Sentier in Paris.
- The studio redesign the graphic identity of the Paris Design Week.
- Graphic identity and website for the Parc Saint Léger, centre d’art contemporain in Pougues-les-eaux
B42First copublication with the Cnap on the occasion of the book L’Idée de confort. Une anthologie (Tony Côme et Juliette Pollet, ed.).
Release of Devenir un expert du Rakugaki by the Japanese graphic designer and illustrator Bunpei Yorifuji met in Tokyo in 2012 and Post digital print by Alessandro Ludovico.
The 7th issue of Back Cover is released three years after the special issue about Japan.
Julia Lamotte is the first employee of the publishing house.
Invited by MyMonkey in Nancy, the studio produces the « Éditer = Designer » exhibition and designs a scenography presenting a selection of works. It will then travel to Ésad d’Amiens, Ésad •Grenoble •Valence and to Paris.
Participation to the collective exhibition « Rendez-Vous » organized by Villa Kujoyama at the Onomichi museum (Japan) with Bunpei Yorifuji, All Right Graphics and Kazunari Hattori.
Sponsored by Frédéric Teschner, Alexandre becomes a member of Alliance graphique internationale (AGI).
- Design of the catalogue and the signage for the « Beauté Congo — 1926-2015 — Congo Kitoko » exhibition at Fondation Cartier; exhibition catalogue for « Frontières » at Musée national de l’immigration.
- After having designed Laurent Grasso’s « Soleil double » exhibition’s visual identity (2013), the studio designs the artist’s monograph (Dilecta).
- Design and development of the digital application Leblon IAC, a walk through Guillaume Leblon’s exhibition at Institut d’art contemporain « À dos de cheval avec le peintre ».
- Opening credits and poster for Mathieu Abonnenc’s movie Secteur IX B.
Idea magazine entrusts the studio with the coordination of an extended report about 5 french studios, published in #362.
Alexandre and Victor Guégan travel to Saint Gall, Switzerland, to finalize the edition of L’Abécédaire d’un typographe with Jost Hochuli.
Alex Chavot starts collaborating with the studio and develops the font family Le Plus Léger, based on Le Gras.
- Art direction and design of the magazine L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui. New layout.
M&O News for Maison & Objet.
- M&O News pour Maison & Objet.
- Visual identity for La Commune, centre dramatique national d’Aubervilliers. First season.
- First posters for Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
- Exhibition catalogue for « 141-221 boulevard Macdonald 75019 Paris » (Mathieu Mercuriali cur.) at Pavillon de l’Arsenal and for « Une Histoire. Art, architecture, design des années 80 à nos jours » at Centre Pompidou.
- Visual identity for Villa Kujoyama on the occasion of its reopening.
- Website for the architecture firm Colboc Franzen & associés.
B42Publication of Voir le voir by John Berger. The book’s layout respects in the most possible precise way the original layout that Richard Hollis designed for the book in 1972.
Transmettre l’Histoire follows Lire à l’écran within the framework of the Ésad •Grenoble •Valence’s research unit, « Il n’y a pas de savoir sans transmission », to which the publishing house is associated.
- Art direction and design of the magazine L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui. New layout.
In early January Gaël leaves the studio to dedicate himself to music, notably with bands Lescop and Victorine, then Marc Desse.
For Back Cover’s fundraising campaign, the studio creates a series of videos.
Jean-Philippe Bretin becomes a team member.
- Design of Pierre Huyghe’s monograph for Centre Pompidou.
- Photographer Paul Lepreux’s website.
- Aéroville opens; the studio continues its collaborations with Château de Versailles, isdaT, Fooding, IAC, Zones.
B42Back Cover ’s sixth issue, dedicated to Japan, is published after several months of exchange and work with Japan; an open fundraising campaign is launched to allow its publication.
Astronomicon by Fanette Mellier, L’Écartelage ou l’écriture de l’espace d’après Pierre Faucheux (design by Office abc) ; Le Transformateur by Marie Neurath and Robin Kinross.
From August to December Alexandre is a resident at Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto in order to prepare Back Cover’s sixth issue.
The studio reorganizes itself, Ghislain Triboulet becomes an associate and Jérémy Perrodeau a team member.
- Visual identity for the Institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse (isdaT).
- First issues of Les Carnets de Versailles and beginning of the studio’s collaboration with Château de Versailles.
- Design of Raphaël Zarka’s monograph (B42). A different kind of work relation is initiated. It will significantly influence the creative process for other upcoming books.
B42Pour une critique du design graphique by Catherine de Smet, who collaborates on a regular basis with the structure.
On the occasion of La Typographie moderne’s publication, Robin Kinross gives several conferences in France. With Back Cover #5
the magazine evolves. It becomes thicker and officially annual.
— Première collaboration avec Le Fooding. Le studio assurera la direction artistique et le design des guides 2012, 2014 et 2015.
— Identité visuelle du Frac Bretagne dans le cadre d’un 1 % artistique.
— Les Inrockuptibles. 25 ans d’insoumission pour Flammarion.
— Identité visuelle de l’exposition “Making is thinking” au Witte de With, Rotterdam.
B42 Free Ride clôt la série de Raphaël Zarka sur le skateboard.
Qu’est-ce qu’un designer de Norman Potter inaugure la collaboration avec Hyphen Press et le programme de traductions ; Back Cover nº4.
Le Secret des anneaux de Saturne de Frédéric Teschner.
- First collaboration with Fooding. The studio is in charge of art direction and design for its 2012, 2014 and 2015 guides.
- Visual identity of Frac Bretagne, within the framework of a public procurement (1% artistique).
- Les Inrockuptibles. 25 ans d’insoumission for Flammarion.
- Visual Identity of the “Making is thinking” exhibition at Witte de With, Rotterdam.
The studio moves to 80 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, Paris, 10th arrondissement.
- Visual identities for gallery RaebervonStenglin and Rue Herold.
- Design of the Aéroville mall’s façade for PCA, Philippe Chiambaretta Architecte. The place opens in 2013.
- Design of the Monangambeee poster, first collaboration with Mathieu Abonnenc.
B42Publication of Detail in Typography by Jost Hochuli.The book meets great success and is quickly reprinted. It is the first of a series of collaborations with the Swiss author.
Le Vertige du funambule by Annick Lantenois and Double Page are the first collaborations with art schools; Back Cover nº3.
Arrival of Anna Hess, first editorial assistant. She will stay until march of 2013.
F7Conferences by Jost Hochuli and Matthew Carter at Palais de Tokyo.
« Saâdane deValence » exhibition at galerie de Multiples, Paris. 13 posters, 3 books and 2 records designed with the artist Saâdane Afif are shown.
Cover design for the EP June by Koko Von Napoo, a band for which Gaël is a musician.
Travel to London. Alexandre meets with Robin Kinross and Richard Hollis to prepare B42’s forthcoming publications.
- Visual communication for « Constellation », a prefigurative event organized by Centre Pompidou- Metz a year ahead of its opening.
- For two years, the studio takes over the 104’s visual communication. While presenting its own graphic signature, it applies principles established by Experimental Jetset’s graphic charter.
- Visual identity for Cité du design and École supérieure d’art et design de Saint-Étienne, within the framework of a call to tender.
- Catalogue for the “Harun Farocki | Rodney Graham” exhibition at Jeu de Paume (Chantal Pontbriand cur.; Black Jack).
Following an invitation by Mathilde Villeneuve and Claire Moulène, Alexandre takes part in a residency at Ateliers des Arques from March to July. There he produces a bowls game with Raphaël Zarka and a series of photographs.
The magazine Back Cover and the publishing house B42 are created in may with Véronique Marrier. She will leave the company in 2010.
Participation to the exhibition « Doubles Pages » at École régionale des beaux-arts de Rennes.
- Design of designer Martin Szekely’s website and of an interface for a digital frame by Parrot.
- Beginning of the studio’s collaboration with Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne (Nathalie Ergino dir.).
- Gaël finalizes the Dada Grotesk’s development with David Rust. The font family is distributed by Swiss foundry Optimo and comes in five weights from light to heavy.
B42First issue of Back Cover consisting of 60 pages. It is now published in French and English. Grand Chaos et tiroirs, catalogue for the Atelier des Arques’ residency.
deValence moves out of Mains d’Œuvres in january into CIAT, 32 rue de Paradis in Paris, 10th arrondissement.
After an internship period, Ghislain Triboulet becomes part of the studio as a graphic designer.
The studio takes part in Zak Kyes’ and Mark Owens’ Forms of Inquiry project.
- Design of book collections Zones (Grégoire Chamayou dir.) for La Découverte and Champs for Flammarion.
- Catalogue for Mathieu Mercier’s exhibition « Sans titre 1993-2007 » at Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris/Arc (Paris Musées).
- The book/signage Promenade au zoo (Saâdane Afif cur.) is published and designed for Biennale de Lyon. In order for this project to be realized, the studio transfers its fee to the book’s production and becomes its publisher.
As part of a workshop led by Jérôme Delormas with students from Valence’s art school, Alexandre and Gaël are invited to exhibit their work at Lux. The studio is relocated to Valence for a month in order to edit and produce the magazine Marie Louise within the exhibition space. They give a conference with Yvane Chapuis and invite Experimental Jetset and Optimo for a workshop and a presentation of their work.
- First projects with artists Raphaël Zarka and Saâdane Afif.
- Visual identity for Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.
- Catalogue for Cindy Sherman’s exhibition at Jeu de Paume. First collaboration with Flammarion.
- Visual identity for the Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’île de Vassivière as part of a public procurement.
- First poster designed for Saâdane Afif. The studio will design a total of 24 posters with the artist between 2006 and 2013.
F7Conference by Experimental Jetset at Palais de Tokyo.
First publications: Wim Crouwel Architectures typographiques (Catherine de Smet and Emmanuel Bérard [ed.]; galerie Anatome [coed.]); a first version of Raphaël Zarka’s book Une journée sans vague. Chronologie lacunaire du skateboard 1779-2006 is edited and published.
Cécile Boyer is the studio’s first freelancer.
Recording of The La La Song, a musical greeting card for 2006, with Raphaël Zarka (fellow resident at Mains d’Œuvres).
- New layout design for Magic and end of our collaboration.
- Exhibition catalogue for « Robert Malaval » at Palais de Tokyo (Paris Musées).
- Thomas Hirschhorn. Musée précaire Albinet (Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers / Éditions Xavier Barral).
- Catalogue and signage for the « Dada » exhibition at Centre Pompidou (Laurent Le Bon cur.). First designs of the Dada Grotesk font used for titles. The 1024-pages book goes out of stock before the exhibition ends. This project contributes to the studio’s getting better known.
F7Conferences by Norm and Rudi Meyer at Palais de Tokyo. Conferences by Optimo and Wolfgang Weingart at Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris.
First lecture and workshop at École régionale des beaux-arts de Bordeaux.
- Art Grandeur Nature, catalogue for the contemporary art biennial in Seine-Saint-Denis.
F7Conferences by Philippe Millot with publishing house Cent Pages and H5 with music label Solid.
First conference at Palais de Tokyo with Stefan Sagmeister and Jonathan Barnbrook.
Taking advantage of an available 100-seat room located on the floor above their office, Alexandre and Gaël start the F7 non-profit with friends and initiate a conference programme, « Rendez-vous ». Its purpose is to bring together a graphic designer and a client in order to introduce a common project. On October 30 Rik Bas Backer and the brand A.P.C. launch the series.
- First artist catalogue for Agnès Thurnauer (Caisse des dépôts/Palais de Tokyo).
- First issue of Le Journal des Laboratoires (Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers). Six issues will be published until 2006.
- First rejected proposal to a competition for the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Alexandre and Gaël move as resident designers to Mains d’Œuvres, Saint-Ouen, in May. The studio is in charge of the institution’s visual communication until 2007. Many letterings and fonts are designed, among them the Gras which will be redesigned in different versions.
- Special issue for Art Press, « Medium:danse » (Yvane Chapuis ed.).
Travel to Zurich. Encounters and interviews with Norm, Gilles Gavillet, Cornel Windlin, Jürg Lehni and Elektrosmog. These interviews will appear in Coktail, a magazine designed for Alexandre’s graduation project prefiguring Back Cover.
Creation of the deValence studio in October. Magic!, Mathieu Laurette and Toasting Agency are its first clients.
- Camo Book, first exhibition catalogue (Alexis Vaillant cur.)
Arrival in Paris. Gaël is employed by Magic! revue pop moderne as an art director and a graphic designer; Alexandre continues his studies at École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs de Paris. From time to time he produces photographic reports for the magazine such as portraits of Blonde Redhead, Cat Power, Broadcast, etc.
Alexandre Dimos and Gaël Etienne meet at École régionale des beaux-arts de Valence.