The Nagel Style
Part of Vital Signs
This podcast investigates the distinctive aesthetics of window decals used in many nail salons and dry cleaners in New York City. Through interviews with passersby, customers, and store owners as well as archival research, this story tracks the discovery of the decal’s ultimate of inspiration: the artist Patrick Nagel. Nagel, who worked in the 1970s and early ‘80s, is most famous for his cover of Duran Duran’s 1982 album Rio. Derek Edward Love, talks with designer Milton Glaser and author Steve Heller about appropriation and authorship, and delves into earlier works that Nagel himself may have borrowed from.