“Count them, fifteen ‘round the Table”
The March 2013 issue of CLASH magazine (The Fashion Issue) has a double-page feature on Jonathan Barnbrook and the creation of the sleeve for Table. Sorry, The Next Day. It‘s an illuminating read worth checking out.
Find out more about this superb magazine on the CLASH site. We'll leave you with this excerpt.
The design process was all very secretive, as requested, to be safe. And we never use David Bowie's name or the album name - we had a code word for it: he was just called ‘The Artist’ and the album was called ‘Table’. I don't know why. Someone from Sony suggested it and it was that to everyone until two weeks before the release.
I don't know how this album cover fits in with all his others. I think it's a design of this time, you know? I mean, it's not ‘Aladdin Sane’, but that's one of the most significant album covers in the history of music. But for me you can't compare them because this is about this time and who he is now and if this album cover had been done ten or fifteen years ago, people would have misunderstood it even more than they do now.