Totems: Silhouettes & Iconographic Pluralism
Totems is a study of anachronistic form by architect William O’Brien, Jr. It recasts 16th century Palladian ideas such as symmetry and the ornament in a contemporary context using digital modeling processes and robotic fabrication techniques. The book design was also an aggregation of old and new materials, typefaces, papers and printing processes. For example, the limited edition book was finished using a variety of older and newer printing techniques: digital and mimeograph reproduction as well as foil stamping. Additionally, Totems is bound with a singer sewn binding style, a deliberate choice that emphasizes the symmetry of the work in a book form.