Lefor Openo is the pseudonym of French illustrators Marie-Claire Lefort and
Marie-Francine Oppeneau. The two women worked together to produce some
amazing poster art during the 1950s and 1960s. They met while studying
art in Paris and began working together
collaboratively in the mid 1950s. Their subjects ranged from working
with the French government, Electriticy of France (or EDF; an example of
which is shown here), advertising, and film posters. At some
point, they even created dolls, dishware and textires based on their drawings.
Their style is
reminiscent of someone like Mary Blair, with a fantastic graphic
sensibility, bright colors and simplified shapes. I wish I could find
more information about them! Please send it my way if you have it (or if
you speak French, help a girl out with some of these websites that I
can’t read or make sense of). Regardless, I am a big fan of their style
and am very excited to learn more about these women.
Admiral Triple Thrill - Advert for the complete home entertainment system from Admiral –
a “triple thrill” featuring a 10-inch Magic Mirror television screen,
an FM-AM radio, and a 2-speed phonograph that plays “the sensational new
L.P. records”. This was indeed a luxury item at the 1948 price of
$549.50. 1948 issue of National Geographic. (Available at Arcanium Antiques)
And now, without further ado, here are some amazing Yusaka Kamekura posters. Kamekura was one of the pioneers of Japanese graphic design. He was at the forefront in promoting graphic design as an essential factor of modern society, culture, and art.