I recently thumbed through some favorite old cookery books and started thinking about cookbook illustrations. Not the decorative splashes of line and color you see today (when most cookbooks are illustrated with drop-dead color photography), but the kind of didactic, …
With the theme of Storytelling and Design, we knew that the cover for the October Issue needed to capture the essence of the art of telling stories. Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton created an image of “a guy holding a giant fish” — calling to mind the idea of a fisherman telling a tale about the latest catch — and, with our art director, they saw the opportunity to create a unique cover.
Look closely at these wonderful book jackets. Now, look again. Can you tell a book by its cover? More to the point, can you tell a woman’s bag by its book cover. What?!! These are not books but handbags with redrawn and painted covers based on original book cover designs and found in the various collections and accessory lines by French clothing designer Olympia Le-Tan, who, for those who know the work, is the daughter of the illustrator Pierre Le-Tan.
Charles Coiner’s most impressive contributions are those in the realm of art directing fine artists. Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Jean Carlu, Georges Roualt, Miguel Covarrubias, Edward Steichen, A.M. Cassandre and Georgia O’Keefe all contributed to ads for companies like Dole Pineapple, DeBeers, Boeing, and Container Corporation, thanks to Coiner.