Panorama Bar a club at Berghain, Berlin is definitely a famous venue, so I am proud to have designed the Ibadan Night flyer for it:


more flyer designs by me and BOYZandGIRLS are here


Jerome Sydenham and Christine Petersen


flyer design

First time visitor to New York often ask about my favorite places to see. When I came across a blogpost by the great designer and writer Ian Lynam, who wrote a guide to Tokyo. It inspired me to try this for New York.
So here is my list, however limited or biased:

Most people think that NYC is only about Manhattan, and I think so too.
Sorry Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Queens; sorry New Jersey City, but the subway system is just too broken to even try.
I am lucky to be that snob, because I got a rent stabilized apartment in the Lower East Side,
or “Losaida” as the Puerto Ricans and Dominicans call it.

So let’s start in the LES, or East Village

The corner delis (convenient stores) play Merengue and Salsa music 24/7 and sell pork rinds, beer and pressed toasted panini sandwiches.

This neighborhood is famous for its community gardens. In the 70’s they originated out of abandoned plots on which the buildings were burned-down for insurance money. There is quite a lot of interesting history which can be toured at the museum of reclaimed urban spaces on Avenue C, ask for Bill.
Our garden is “la Plaza Cultural” on 9 & C. It’s a great place to chill with a coffee or glass of wine and the kids are playing. There are some chicken and a pond, a peach tree and many events.
Next to the garden is the Brazilian restaurant Esperanto, Barnyard for bread and cheese, and a very good coffee shop. Further down Ave C is hands-down the best beer despite its price at Zum Schneider. The food isn’t too exiting for vegetarians, but otherwise do the “Haxn” -entire pig knuckles- to infuse meat coma for a few days.

Lower Lower East Side

On the way to Chinatown let’s stop along the lower blocks of Ludlow street and Orchard street with its many new galleries, restaurants and dark whiskey bars. Division street has a few good bars too.



My first stop would be Great Noodletown. Just like the New York Times I highly recommend a soft shell crab and shrimp dumpling noodle soup. It’s often getting very crowded but it’s worth the wait.
One block over, the bliss for vegetarians starts at the Vegetarian dim sum on Pell Street.
And for breakfast: Enter via the escalator into the huge dining hall of Jing Fong. The hall is so big it’s best to go at Chinese New Year’s when it gets crowded with 100’s of dinners.

Chinatown markets are fresh and cheap. The shop clerks can be brush and often speak little English, so I had to try out a lot of products by trial-and-often-error. A big market is Hester street supermarket and around the corner at 81 Elizabeth street is another one. If you like little Chinese cheap glittery toys you can get happy at 198 Canal street.
Somehow this pocket has withstood gentrification with a healthy mix of Jewish, Puerto Riocan & Chinese Immigrants at Madison & Henry street.

SoHo – Nolita

South of Houston (SoHo) and North of Little Italy (NoLiTa) is mostly over-prized boutiques with a few exceptions: Oliver’s second-hand store “Quality Mending” on Prince Street & Mott (see picture), a Vietnamese sandwich place on 369 Broome, McNally bookstore, and the best smoked fish store “Russ & Daughters” on Houston, they also have restaurant on Orchard.


Astoria Fish market, (3710 33rd St, Long Island City, NY 11101)
Crazy place, loud, cheap, fresh, best fish with attitude. Definitely in my top 10 of restaurants.

links to news and events:
Gothamist, a blog about New York
EV Grieve, local news about the East Village
The Villager, local newspaper

At Rapp pharma advertising in 2016, I designed a set of tip cards for Harvoni, a hepatitis medication. Each card contains information on healthy lifestyles while taking this medication.
Here are a few examples. There were at least 4-5 mailers with 5-6 tip cards and brochures in each pouch.


Rapp Advertising for Harvoni


icons and layout, folded and die-cut folder design

I met Luis Mendo at a Pause Cafe meet-up in Ikebukurou, Tokyo. He got me in touch with the publishers of Mas, a Chicago-based architectural magazine that made a feature of Tokyo using several of my illustrations. I am so proud to be in their current issue.
There is a also a beautiful PDF:
now available as a hardcover book:
take a look at

Rainy Season in Sasazuka:

it’s an amazing book by my friend Greg Rossi. Adrenalin pure, available at

and look, it’s on the shelf next to the big sellers at McNally bookstore on Price Street, SoHo:

at McNally bookstore on Price Street, SoHo


Gregory Rossi


book cover design

Any apartment building in Japan is called a “mansion”. I was rather confused the first time my friend mentioned he lived in a mansion since he didn’t seem to be a rich person. Of course, there are many luxurious “courts” of apartment buildings, but they don’t have doormen, and most of the time they are actually rather conventional-looking.
The added value is in the name, an instant upgrade with a random foreign word makes it sound more fancy, like “Eclaire”, or “snowy morning”.
As I am learning Japanese it is a good practice to read the katakana alphabet that is used to spell foreign names.
An obligatory arch (a simple metal beam) completes the entrance to “La Rivière” (the only waves nearby are the endless trucks on Kanana-dori).

For Khairi at Recess New York (


– Coma: Lora (Robag Whruhme Remix)
– Dan Noel: Fiel De Lune
– Cajoo: Things Behind (Original Mix)
– Cajoo: Things Behind (Jimpster Mix)
– Donato Dozzy & Tin Man: Test 7
– Lomez, Dimes: Shade (Deaf Pillow Remix)
– Cally: Close Your Eyes
– Sasazuka train noises

Good work music!



Local coffee roaster Murara asked me to design the logo, business card, and website. Unfortunately he never came through with starting his coffee business, but i think it’s a stellar logo.

logo design, 
Anselm Dästner




logo design

The ultra-talented, spirited, super nice singer Monique Bingham is on stage at various places around the globe and I made a website and a t-shirt that is on sale at her gigs. Here, she is with DJ Black Coffee on a South Africa tour.


Monique Bingham


t-shirt design, record cover design, web design, logo design

Bigga logo
Monique logo

Best of the Last Album

Huge record project coming out on House Africa and Bigga Sounds US. Monique’s “Best of the Last” anthology.
The release party was at Cielo, NY with Louie Vega’s RootsNYC. Clips of the live performance to be posted shortly. I can only say that it was magnificent in the Deephouse family spirit. We all love her.

Take Me to My Love Ralf Gum, Ralf Gum radio edit (3:23)
Run Shake The Dog (7:14)
Deep in the Bottom (of Africa) Black Coffee (6:33)
Elevator (Going Up) Louie Vega Louie Vega Mix (5:05)
Kissing Strangers Ralf Gum, Ralf Gum & Crisp Original Club Mix (4:27)
You Can’t Have New York Quentin Harris, Shelter Anthem Vocal Mix (7:17)
Little W. 12th St. Ralf Gum, Ralf Gum Main Mix (6:46)
Pure Blue 6, Jay’s Original Vocal (4:25)
Don’t You Love Me Sir Piers, Original Full-Length Main Mix (7:35)
Flight Studio Apartment, Nulife Vocal Mix (5:50)
Bloody Lucky Monique Bingham, Chymamusique Remix (6:47)
Now What Matthias Heilbronn, Matty’s Soul Flower Mix (6:47)
Won’t Stop DunnEasy, dunnEasy Club Mix (6:26)

Good Morning Karizma (2:26)
In the Morning Kerri Chandler, Final Raw Mix (6:17)
Do it Shake The Dog (4:36)
You Me World Monique Bingham, Distant Music Mix (5:32)
Poor People Quentin Harris (7:41)
The Pap Ralf Gum, Ralf Gum Main Mix (5:48)
Gets You Off Todd Terry (3:55)
(We Had) a Thing Abstract Truth, Matty’s Body and Soul (3:23)
Go-Getter Matthias Heilbronn, Soul Flower Mix (6:31) 
Outta Sight DJ Christos, Main Mix (5:57)
Pride DJ Pepsi (6:26)
Get Another Plan Abstract Truth, Original Mix (4:19)
(We Had) a Thing Abstract Truth, Original Version (6:21)

at Lincoln Park, NJ

Monique Bingham performing, Saturday, July 28, at the Lincoln Park Music Festival. House Music Day. I silk-screened T-shirts for her.

Single “Bloody Lucky

Setagaya mix after returning to New York. Quite with tracks from Benny (Catenaccio Records, Berlin) when we met in Setagaya, Tokyo.