Fashion-forward graphic designer Frith Kerr’s artistic influences revealed
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In the ten years since she founded her eponymous graphic design studio, Frith Kerr has created work for the likes of Frieze Art Fairs, the Guggenheim, Ilse Crawford and Anya Hindmarch (‘Anya Smells’ candle range, 7), all in her uniquely tongue-in-cheek style. She comes from a creative family – fashion illustrator mother, graphic designer father – and is an alumnus of the Royal College of Art, as well as a trustee of the Arts Foundation and a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. Despite this, she says: ‘The only thing I was sure of growing up was that I didn’t want to be a graphic designer’. ‘Life never does go according to plan.’ (studiofrith.com).
My all-time favourite piece of music is all the soundtracks to Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colours film series ( 3) by Zbigniew Preisner. It’s nostalgic, emotional music. I’m currently listening to lots of Reggae. We listen to records while cooking – we buy vinyl by people we’ve never heard of and fall in love with them. My son, who’s seven, has just started learning the trumpet and plays along. The record that makes me feel instantly happy is Smalltown Boy
by Bronski Beat ( 2). At the moment I’m reading my way through a list of books my mum loved, that she gave me before she died. The Pumpkin Eater by Penelope Mortimer is excellent and close to the edge. I have a vintage copy with Anne Bancroft on the cover, who starred in the film adaptation. My favourite film is American Gigolo ( 4). Richard Gere. Lauren Hutton. 1980s LA. Blondie. It’s the teenage film I’ve never let go. A quote I love is ‘The answer is, there is no answer’ – J G Ballard. The best gallery in the world is The Rodin Museum in Paris, because you can play hide and seek in the garden. The last exhibition I saw was Strange Days: Memories of the Future ( 6), in partnership with New York’s New Museum at 180 The Strand in London. My studio designed the exhibition identity and typography for the show. I’ve also just finished curating Ahead of the Curve, a celebration of women artists and designers at Willow Road, the former home of Hungarian architect Ernö Goldfinger and his wife Ursula, now a National Trust property. The last performance I saw was Katherine Ryan’s stand-up comedy show at the Garrick Theatre. My husband was roasted for looking bored and wearing a beret. My step-daughter squirmed. It was a hilarious family outing. If I had a free day in London I’d watch all 24 hours of Christian Marclay’s The Clock at the Tate Modern. Or I’d lie quietly under a tree in one of the capital’s green spaces (Greenwich Park, 1). If it was raining, I’d most definitely stay home – it’s a rarity and I love the sound of rain on our roof. My favourite place to visit is the Isle of Arran in Scotland, where my grandparents lived. I’m looking forward to museum director Ralph Rugoff’s Venice Biennale ( 5). He curated The Infinite Mix, an exhibition held at London’s The Store in 2016.