about

Kapitza is a multi-disciplinary design studio run by sisters Nicole and Petra Kapitza who share a passion for colour, patterns, mathematics and nature. The studio is collaborating with a wide range of international brands across the worlds of fashion, interiors, cosmetics, product design and publishing. Their collaborators include Commes des Garcons, Gucci, Clinique, USPS, TeNeues and IKEA.

Originally from rural South Germany, they have founded their studio in 2004 in the creative hub of East London and have since evolved into pattern and colour experts. 

Kapitza have gained a global following for their innovative pattern art books which showcase their bold, colourful artworks. These artworks are the result of the studio’s ongoing experimental research into geometric shapes and mathematic formulas as well as organic structures found in nature and mark making. Together with their intelligent conceptual colour language this defines the unique style of Kapitza’s art.

The publication of Kapitza’s Geometric book in 2008 sparked a resurgence of geometric art in fashion, interiors and illustration, but the intelligence of their patterns and unique use of colour is unsurpassed.

Nicole Kapitza and Petra Kapitza

Nicole Kapitza and Petra Kapitza

 

 


selected clients

IKEA
Habitat
CB2
Comme des Garçons
Gucci
Nouvelles Images
TeNeues
United States Postal Service
Kew Gardens


publications

Geometric Two Pattern Art Book, Kapitza Books, 224p, London 2013
Organic Pattern Art Book, Kapitza Books, 224p, London 2011
Geometric Pattern Art Book, Verlag Hermann Schmid, 284p, Germany 2008


features

2014

Grafik Magazine, Profile, Sister Bliss, London May 2014
Print & Pattern, Wall Art by Kapitza, April 2014
Golden Meaning, GraphicDesign&, London 2014

2013

Etapes Nr. 213, Special East London, pp. 126-129, Paris, May & June 2013
Communication Arts Illustration Manual 54 May/June 2013, Exhibit, Kaleidoscope Flower Stamps, p. 76, California, May 2013
HOW May 2013, Look, Kaleidoscope Flower Stamps, p. 8, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 2013
Page 03.13, Malbücher von Designern, pp. 77-82, Hamburg, March 2013
Fedrigioni Paper Ideas, Interview, March 2013
Communication Arts Exhibit, Kaleidoscope Flower Stamps, February 2013
Grid Nr. 2, Media Review, Colour and Pattern App, p. 107, Munich, January 2013

2012

Creative Review Issue July 2012, Enduring Characters, p. 28 and back cover, London, July 2012
Stuttgarter Zeitung Nr. 129, Entdecken, Augenweide aus organischen Formen, p. 20, Stuttgart 6. Juni 2012 
PSFK Daily Ideas, How Two Designers Turn Inspiration Into Unique Picture Fonts, New York, May 2012
The Designers Review Of Books Organic from Kapitza, March 2012
Page 02.12, Bildwelt, p. 78, Hamburg, January 2012
Etapes e:200, 200 voix pour le design graphique, p. 67, Paris, January 2012

2011

Digital Arts New book aims to dazzle you with patterns, December 2011
Uppercase Magazine Issue 9, Art & Design, pp. 26-29, Calgary, Canada, May 2011
Grafik Magazine Issue 189, Fontbook, pp. 100-101, London April 2011
Designers’ Identities by Liz Farrelly, pp. 140-143, Laurence King Publishing, London January 2011 

2010

Photoshop Creative Issue 69, Creative Hub, p. 11, London, December 2010
Web Designer Issue 177, Webkit, p. 19, London, November 2010
Page 09.10, Papierwelt, Hamburg, October 2010
How July/August 2010, Look, In Bloom, by Doug White, p. 20, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 2010
Typo Lyrics The Sound of Fonts, by Slanted, p. 82, Birkhaeuser Verlag, Basel 2010
Photoshop Creative Issue 62, New Fonts, p. 11, London, June 2010
MyFonts Creative Characters Issue 24, Interview with Jan Middendorp, May 2010
Photoshop Creative Issue 58, New Fonts, p. 11, London, February 2010
Cap&Design Issue 1, Patterns, by Agata Wycichowska, pp.64-69, Stockholm, January 2010
Page 02.10, Typowelt, p. 68, Hamburg, January 2010

2009

Made&Sold Toys, T-shirts, Prints, Zines and Other Stuff, by FL@33, Lawrence King Publishing, London 2009
What is Illustration? by Lawrence Zeegen, Rotovison, East Sussex, August 2009
Page 08.09, Typo, pp.50-51, Hamburg, July 2009
Novum 04/09, Designers Shop, Geometric Tischsets by Kapitza, Munich, April 2009
CasaTrend Magazine Issue 21, Euroluce by Rachele Morris, p.49, Bologna, April 2009
Net Issue 187, Books, Games&DVDs, p. 24, Bath, April 2009 
Cap&Design Issue 3, Trend Books, p. 18, Stockholm, March 2009
Eye Magazine Issue 71, Pattern recognition, by Liz Farrelly, London, Spring 2009

2008

Page 01.09, Publikationen, by Claudia Gerdes, p. 113, Hamburg, December 2008
Postcard New Postcard Design, compiled by Flat33, Lawrence King Publishing, London 2008
Geometric Graphic Art and Pattern Fonts, by Kapitza, Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz, October 2008
Fully Booked Cover Art & Design For Books, pp. 18-19, Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin 2008
Page 07.08, Typowelt, by Antje Dohmann, p. 59, Hamburg, February 2008
Advanced Photoshop 06.08, Hot Or Not, p. 11, London, May 2008 
+81 Vol.40, Creators On The Line, Profile pp. 50-53, Tokyo, May 2008
D La Repubblica Delle Donne Primavera Digitale, by Leonora Sartori, p.178, Milan, March 2008
Page 04.08, Typowelt, by Antje Dohmann, p. 54, Hamburg, April 2008
Patterns 2 Design, Art and Architecture, by Glasner, Schmidt, Schoenderling, pp.176-179, Birkhaeuser Verlag, Basel 2008
Digital Arts March 2008, Show me the money, p. 32, London, March 2008
Page 02.08, Typowelt, by Antje Dohmann, p. 53, Hamburg, February 2008

2007

D La Repubblica Delle Donne Alberi Preferisco i numeri, by Valentina Ciuffi, p.106, Milan, November 2007
Kelvin Colour Today, p. 120, Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin 2007
Idea Issue 325, Contemporary Ornaments and Patterns, pp. 144 – 149, Tokyo, November 2007
Grafik Issue 157, Typoshowcase, by Angharad Lewis, pp.84-85, London, November 2007
Computer Arts Issue 141, The Book of Inspiration, p. 17, London, October 2007
How 10/2007, Look, Pop Goes the Pattern, by Doug White, p. 14, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 2007
Creative Review Issue 9, First Sight, p. 9, London, September 2007
Computer Arts Projects Issue 103, Perfect Portfolios, by Lawrence Zeegen, London, 2007
Balkon & Garten Issue 21, Parken, pp. 12 – 13, Berlin, June 2007
Zeixs Illustration Feierabend Unique Books Publisher, Cologne 2007
Page 05.07, Typo, p. 95, Hamburg, May 2007
New Typographic Design by Roger Fawcett-Tang, p. 134, 135, 152, Yale University Press, London, May 2007
Computer Arts Projects Issue 96, Experimenting with Picture Fonts, pp. 60 – 65, London, April 2007 
Photoshop Creative Issue 21, Creative Hub Interview, p. 13, London, April 2007
Cap&Design Issue 4, Intro/Design, p. 14, Stockholm, April 2007
Digit Issue 109, Stock, p. 18, London, February 2007
Page 02.07, Typo, p. 93, Hamburg, February 2007
Novum 01/07, Projects, p. 16, Munich, January 2007

2006

Grafik Viewpoint, London, December 2006
Page 12.06, Typo, p. 93, Hamburg, December 2006
Computer Arts Calendar 2007, Issue 130, London, December 2006
Computer Arts Issue 130, Font Showcase, p. 32, London, December 2006
AGI 12/2006, Malmö, December 2006
Advanced Photoshop Issue 24, Insight, p. 14, London, November 2006
Digit Issue 105, Stock, p. 24, London, October 2006
Communication Arts August 2006
Computer Arts Issue 125, Profile, by Graeme Aymer, pp. 38 – 44, London, August 2006
Computer Arts Projects Issue 86, Cover Design, London, July 2006
Digit Issue 101, Stock, p. 24, London, June 2006
Cap&Design Issue 4, Aktuell, p. 16, Stockholm, May 2006
Computer Arts Issue 122, Font Showcase, p. 30, London, May 2006
Novum 05/06, Cover Design and Designers Shop, p. 23, Munich, May 2006

2005

Eye Magazine Issue 58, Cover and The decriminalisation of Ornament, by Alice Twemlow, p. 25, London, Winter 2005
Page 08.05, Total Floral, by Jutta Nachtwey, pp. 36 – 43, Hamburg, August 2005
Page 07.05, Visuelles Verwirrspiel, by Jutta Nachtwey, pp. 70 – 71, Hamburg 2005
Form Issue 200, New Books, p. 153, Basel, February 2005
Grafik Issue 125, Showcase, p. 9, London, January 2005

2004

Shift Calendar 2005, p. 9, Shift Factory, Japan 2004