Domus 913 – Cover
April 2008 - design by onlab
Creative Direction and Concept: Nicolas Bourquin & Sven Ehmann; Graphic Design: onlab, Nicolas Bourquin
Publisher: Editoriale Domus, Milan, Italy
A horse stars on the front cover for the new domus
redesigned by onlab
Cover story, issue 913: Francesca Picchi
Cover with wrapping, issue 913, april 2008
Photo of the wrapping: onlab, Piet Truhlar
The cover is intimately constructed with its "outer" cover, because the overlapping of their two images produces a third.
Cover, issue 913, april 2008
Photography: Tim Flach
The cover picture is only a fragment of a statement with different points of view, that doubles and multiplies to become part of a confused, enigmatic image, charged with mystery and the unspoken. Like the eye of the inscrutable jockey that, in reality, turns out to be the eye of a mysterious horse.
The Arabian horse on the cover has undergone a surgical intervention, and the protector hood on its face (which makes it look like a boxer about to climb into the ring) prevents it from injuring itself during the recovery period. The photo is part of the Masks series, in which the photographer investigates the ambiguity of man-made contrivances created for horses: from respiratory measurement masks to protection in a stricter sense (from insects, collisions, the cold, etc.) Nicolas Bourquin and Sven Ehmann, onlab's two creative directors, say they chose this image not only for its mysterious air, but also because to them the horse seems to be the perfect transposition into an image of the term "vigorous", often used by the editor Flavio Albanese to describe his idea of Domus. If vigour refers to the "vital strength of every living organism", the task which the magazine has set for itself is to trace a sort of diagram of this vitality within the flow of things. According to them, "The racehorse is elegant, strong and highly 'professional', though nevertheless wild at heart."