Michael Craig-Martin
at Chatsworth

Gagosian — Book
Garden map by Thibaud Herem

Michael Craig-Martin at Chatsworth

Michael Craig-Martin at Chatsworth


This publication commemorates Michael Craig-Martin’s exhibition at Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The show presented twelve sculptural wire installations in the gardens, as well as an intervention inside the house which consisted of magenta plinths for full-figure sculptures. Craig-Martin’s minimalist, bold and pop work explores the interconnectedness of subject, perception and meaning.

We wanted the book to feel industrial, slick, and product-like, whilst in contrast presenting elegant touches that represent Chatsworth House. The design plays on bold colours, minimalism and scale. A bright sunshine yellow was chosen for the cover, which displays a blind embossing of Chatsworth House and an overprint of Craig-Martin’s iconic umbrella. The Swiss binding allows the book to open completely flat. 

For the typography, we took a modern, straightforward approach. The book is designed using only one typeface throughout, ‘Plain’ by Francois Rappo. Its fluid and robust quality work at every scale, from footnote to title size. We also commissioned architecture illustrator Thibaud Herem for the fold-out map illustration that accompanies the list of works.

Publisher: Gagosian
Contributors:  Michael Bracewell, Stoker Devonshire, Thibaud Herem