stunning objects from humble phonebooks

Now that every piece of information you could ever need exists online, printed telephone directories have more or less become a thing of the past. All that remains to be done is notify the phone book publishers that they’ve become obsolete as they still insist on dropping loads of them at my door.
For Gemis Luciani this steady flow of phone books is a godsend, and he’s been using the weighty volumes to construct sculptural pieces that experiment with the potential morphological forms of a book, bending, shaping and cutting them into aesthetically pleasing, geometrically challenging works. They’re probably useless when you’re on the hunt for a mechanic but they breathe new life into a medium that feels very much like a product of the past.

[via It’s Nice That]

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Tom Foerstel : Founder & President

Tom Foerstel

Founder & President

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.


He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.


An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.


One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.