Nathan LaRiviere Koempel

Welcome to my artist page!

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I am from Portland, Oregon, but my design style has been greatly influenced by life in Seattle and time spent in Copenhagen, Denmark. Aside from a good typeface, I love stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, photography, and adding to my ever-growing collection of design books. Design is problem-solving, and I take pride in finding creative solutions to complex challenges.

Portland, Oregon: A Hidden History of Structural Racism:
Information Design

Portland bills itself as a progressive, accepting place for all, yet it is one of the least diverse large cities in the United States. Like many other privileged white people from the area, I was brought up with a sense of pride in the fact that my hometown was seemingly above the historical ills of racism when in fact, exactly the opposite was true. These issues are by no means limited to Portland, however, as BIPOC communities in this country face challenges in nearly every facet of life.

As a society, it is always difficult to reconcile with our ugly past. So much so that it is most often simply ignored, but choosing ignorance only compounds the problem. I hope that viewers take time to reflect on this work and that such reflection motivates people to address the contemporary issues of racial discrimination that threaten our society.

Denmark Poster Series:
Poster Design

This series of posters was inspired by classic pieces of Danish design, as well as a fantastic Dutch contemporary art museum.

The first poster pays tribute to the architecture of the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The building, designed by legendary Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas, houses an ever-changing set of provocative contemporary art. To honor its heritage and call out its signature orange beam, the poster features blueprint-style illustrations with pops of orange.

The second poster was inspired by the work of Danish designer Arne Jacobsen. The unique silhouettes of his iconic chairs form the main graphic. An invitation to a conceptual celebration of his work is situated within the vast negative space.

The third poster is a conceptual advertisement for artist Joana Vasconcelo’s feminist-minded exhibition on display at the Kunsthal. Various representations of “reflection” are implemented throughout the design, set on top of a subtle tampon-patterned background.

GLO Tea Lantern:
Product Design

This conceptual project puts forth a product that brings the comfort of candle lighting to the outdoors in a safe, eco-friendly, and affordable manner. With this product, I sought to create something that would bring a sense of luxury and sophistication to the camping experience, without being exorbitantly expensive or otherwise unapproachable.

The stand’s triangular shape provides stability, while the folding base allows it to be portable. The geometric form of the shell serves to reflect light around the polished aluminum surface and then direct it outward through the opening. Tea candles were chosen for their inexpensive price point, relatively small flame, and wide base, reducing the possibility of any leaking wax. The black ink and Kraft paper packaging plays into the brand’s identity as minimal and environmentally friendly.

GLO Tea Lantern comes complete with an aluminum candle shell, collapsable stand, cloth carrying pouch, and four tea lights.