These are our letterpress designers.
Elizabeth and David Mandel
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done? Elizabeth: Getting married to my wonderful husband, and studying graphic design in a summer course in Switzerland with Paul Rand and Armin Hofmann. // David: Personally—married my wife and fellow designer, Elizabeth Elsas. Professionally—being a founding staff member at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
What inspires your designs? Elizabeth: Alvin Lustig’s book covers // Jonathan Adler’s fun retro chic // 18th-century typography manuals // Southern Folk Art // Josef MÃ¼ller-Brockmann’s 1950s posters // Art Deco Patterns. David: Literature // philosophy // history // Paul Rand // Joseph Muller-Brockmann.
What is your most prized possession? Elizabeth & David: Our dog, Wrigley. (Elizabeth also adds: “and a small oval painting by Rev. Howard Finster”)
Tell us about your wedding. Elizabeth: I got married in Birmingham, Alabama, in the same synagogue where my parents got married. I guess I’d call the style Elegant Southern, but not stuffy. Our chuppah in the synagogue was draped with ivy and white gourds, and our first dance was to REM’s You are the Everything. My first Bella invitation (Champagne) was for my wedding, printed in amethyst and clover.
Where did you honeymoon and why? Elizabeth: Sonoma, California and then to Hawaii. Our first vacation together was to California Wine Country, and I can’t think of anything better than buying a bottle of wine and then picnicking at the foot of the mountains. We had never been to Hawaii before. It was fantastic, especially snorkeling with sea turtles and visiting the live volcano.
What are your favorite colors of the moment? Elizabeth: Plum, Atlantic, and Espresso // David: Pewter, Chartreuse, Tiffany Blue
What’s on or in your nightstand? Elizabeth: Reading for the classes I’m teaching, a framed photo from our wedding, and Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto.// David: 2666 by Roberto Bolano, Paul Rand’s A Designer’s Art, Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life by Michael Greenberg., a clock, a lamp, a pencil.
What city do you call home? Elizabeth: I’m a fairly new transplant to Atlanta, and still have many sights to see. The top of my list so far include The High Museum, Piedmont Park, and biscuits at the Thumbs-up Diner. // David: My wife and I live in Atlanta, Georgia. Must see sights: 1) Sweetwater Creek State Park; 2) Piedmont Park; 3) Vietnamese, Mexican, and Chinese restaurants on the Buford Highway; 4) Fat Matt’s BBQ; 5) Fox Theater.
Describe the place where you design. Elizabeth: I designed some of my invitations in my old studio in a funky loft in Brooklyn, but now I design in my studio in my home in Atlanta. We have a great view of trees covered in kudzu. David: I design in an office in our apartment.
What were the colors of your childhood? Elizabeth: I loved purple more than anything. David: Blue and green.