2 vols., unpaginated (circa 6 pp.) introduction to a presentation of 296 plates outlining a color system by the master of modern Dutch typography, each of the plates showing a 10 x 10 grid of colored blocks, each volume with a transparent overlay with a numbered grid printed on it. Fine condition, colors bright and vivid. Folio. Cloth, ring bound, some minor wear to top of spine of first volume, accompanied by original cardboard mailing boxes (one box heavily stained and damaged). The Hague (Mouton & Co.) 1965.
Schuitema was a Dutch graphic artist, furniture designer, painter, photographer, and typographer. At the start of his career, he was heavily influenced by the principles De Stijl and constructivism, following ideas put forth by artists such as El Lissitzky, Rodchenko, and Berlewi and applying them to commercial advertising. He gained notoriety for his bold designs often using solely black, red, and white. In the 1920's, he became one of the first to use photomontage in industrial design. The two monumental volumes of Syst-O-Color contain approximately 10,000 different colors comprising an extensive color reference system, printed using the four-color system of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Scarce institutionally.
Book ID: 43597