le zoo de carton



Modern Zoo, part 2. I skipped B for Berthe the bat, because I love Coralie so much (le serpent corail). One by one, I’m re-drawing Lou Klein’s alphabetical origami zoo.

Lou contacted me via this site when I made the original post, and I asked him to write back and tell me about his life, since I couldn’t find anything about him online. Here’s what Lou wrote:

Since creating “Animals to Fold” (that was the name of the English language edition) quite a few years have elapsed and I’ve had a varied career in design, education and publishing in the USA and England. I taught at The School of Visual Arts in NYC, lectured in many art colleges in Great Britain but especially The Royal College of Art (5 years as a senior lecturer and 5 years as head of graphic design). During that period I also spent a semester at Yale as visiting professor and acting head of graphics.

In London I was creative director at Grey Advertising followed by establishing my own design group. During that period I created the “pencil” award which is the “Oscar” that’s given out by the British Design & Art Direction Association for design, advertising, etc. in various categories (I won 5 of them myself in the “best Direct Mail” category).

I was also consultant to Time Life Books in London and set up a design department for their British Empire Magazine project with the BBC. Eventually I was appointed Director of Design for Time Life Books in the USA. There I worked on new product development (mostly book series). All of my personal work has preceded computers and none has been digitised. The bulk of my work remains out of reach as slides and print samples in cardboard boxes in London. However, if you’d like to see some recent work. which is mostly 3 dimensional, my daughter created this web site.

Let me know what you think.
Lou Klein


Modern zoo.

I found this gem in a great old bookstore in Ithaca: le Zoo de Carton: un alphabet illustré à découper, d’après la méthode Origami (Louis P. Klein). It’s from 1963, published by Editions du Pont Royal, Paris. Each letter of the alphabet names an animal and is accompanied by an exquisite “stencil” graphic for the origami. The reverse side of each diagram is blank, so the book was really meant to be cut up into an alphabetical menagerie.
Does anyone know anything about Louis P. Klein? As a series of 26 graphics (posters, cards, whatever) the collection is incredible — they remind me a lot of the posters of Enzo Mari. Even the dotted lines are beautiful. I’ve searched online and can’t find a thing about this book, so I’m going to scan, trace and recreate each of the animals here, beginning with Alfred le singe.
Entire book set in Univers 55 & 65, btw.