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Words and music
Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 13 Folder 1: Concert Associates, Inc., Stecher & Horowitz announcement, undated. (Full size)
February 22, 2014

Words and music

By: bethkleber

Here, a few of the pieces Brownjohn, Chermayeff & Geismar designed for Concert Associates. The exemplify the work of the firm at the time, which was busy exploring the properties of vernacular signage; type became a visual form for them and was utilized like another medium. Robert Brownjohn’s design for pianists Stecher & Horowitz hints at a cleaner version of Tony Palladino’s Psycho book jacket.

The form and scale of the number 5 below reminds me of one of the firm’s most famous works, the three-ton number 9 that sits outside 9 W. 57th Street in Manhattan.

A huge black block number 5 against a deep blue background; text is in the circular part of the 5 in white text. It reads " The Roger Wagner chorale's fifth consecutive trans- continental tour" in a cursive font.

 
Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 13 Folder 1: Concert Associates, Inc., Roger Wagner Chorale announcement, 1960.

A the top of a violin casting a black shadow on a white background. Above s a block of red text with only two words in black.

 
Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 13 Folder 1: Concert Associates, Inc., Robert Gerle announcement, undated.

Black and white graphic of a piano poking out of the back of a moving van. The van is black with magenta text reading Stecher & Horowitz

 
Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 13 Folder 1: Concert Associates, Inc., Stecher & Horowitz announcement, undated.

A large Yellow-green block letter Z on a white background. At the top in the the litter is a yellow cursive text overlayed

 
Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 13 Folder 1: Concert Associates, Inc., Solisti di Zagreb announcement, c. 1960.