M/M PARIS, comprised of Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak, has been a force within the art and design world since their start in 1992. They've done design projects for everyone from Kanye West to Madonna, Stella McCartney, and Calvin Klein.
Björk called on the duo to art direct her October 2011 album Biophilia. Their work, using white ornaments around Inez and Vinoodh-helmed photographs, was strong enough to make the release highly memorable and earn them a GRAMMY at last night's awards for Best Recording Package.
In an interview with MTV's Eric Spitznagel, they explained their ideas of art's relation to music and what the GRAMMY means to them:
“I think music can only exist if it has visual support. And visual can only exist if it has musical support. Their destiny is linked together. If one doesn’t do anything strong to find a way to have a visual support to music, music is going to disappear....I think a big, big problem in our day is to equate and articulate the link between music and visual. Without visual, the music is going to die. And the visual is going to die without music. I really believe this is so. Pop music is going to die. That’s why this nomination is so important. It demonstrates that the Grammy world, they recognize the power of a record cover.”
Congrats to Michael and Mathias for being recognized in the music world, and look forward to their Rizzoli book out March 5, 2013.
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