The Tender Spot is the first comprehensive monograph of renowned German graphic designer Mario Lombardo. His characteristic talent for melding emotional intensity with an intelligent design approach makes Lombardo’s work simultaneously some of the most significant being produced today and timeless.
Lombardo’s particular strength lies in his ability to playfully transcend the boundaries of individual styles and creative disciplines. He actively includes clients such as K-Swiss, Sony Music, Red Bull, and Audi in the design process to develop sophisticated results with which they can identify. His approach, which successfully melds masterful classical graphic design with experimental concepts, is already influencing a new generation of designers.
Mario Lombardo has won numerous awards and has defined innovative magazines such as Liebling and Spex. In 2008, he was honored as Germany’s Visual Leader for the complete body of his work by the Lead Academy.
The Tender Spot features Lombardo's multifaceted repertoire of graphic design that was produced between 2000 and 2010 in the cultural context of music, fashion, photography, architecture, and contemporary art. The 256-page documentation of a variety of projects is supplemented by personal work, which is published here for the first time.
Mario Lombardo was born in Rosario, Argentina and grew up in Aachen, Germany. From 2001 through 2005 he was the art director of the music and pop culture magazine Spex. In 2004, he founded his design office BUREAU Mario Lombardo in Cologne. Today, Lombardo lives and works in Berlin.