TDCM/M (Paris) — Michael Amzalag + Mathias Augustyniak
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M/M (Paris) — Michael Amzalag + Mathias Augustyniak

Fossora Typeface

M/M (Paris) — Michael Amzalag + Mathias Augustyniak|Fossora Typeface

A typeface project created for Björk’s latest album Fossora, which was inspired by the life

of mushrooms. M/M (Paris) wished to further develop this theme, creating a typeface that
reflects the fungal and mushroom undertones heard in the music. 

To create the typeface, M/M first studied how mushrooms replicate their cells and grow. Using diagrams found in The Botanical Review, a series of core shapes were established and implemented throughout the typographic procedure to form the individual letters. 

These 2D forms where then developed into colourful, tactile, 3D objects that breath and grow, as real mushrooms do. 

M/M (Paris) — Michael Amzalag + Mathias Augustyniak

M/M (Paris) — Michael Amzalag + Mathias Augustyniak [France]

Founded in 1992 by Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak, M/M (Paris) has been defying all forms of categorisation for over 30 years. As practitioners of the image, they have pushed back the boundaries of graphic design through their projects which traverse different fields of creation.

By collaborating with contemporary artists, musicians, fashion designers and brands, photographers, directors and theatres, and in redesigning numerous magazines, M/M have been building a visual atlas of the creative landscape since the early 1990s.

In 2012, Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak were named Chevaliers de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2013 they won a Grammy Award for their work on Björk’s album Biophilia. 

The two-volume monograph, M to M by M/M (Paris), was published by Thames & Hudson in 2012 and 2020, coinciding with their retrospectives at the Musée d’Orsay, Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris) and the Power Station of Art (Shanghai), in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of M/M. 

Their work is included in the collections of institutions such as the Centre Pompidou/Musée national d’Art moderne, Paris; the Design Museum, London; Musée d’Orsay, Paris; Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Modern, London and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.