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Markus Form by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and business card designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist for Swedish furniture business Markus Form

Markus Form is a contemporary furniture company, founded with the intention of revitalising Sweden’s furniture industry, and with an ambition to produce relevant, practical and easy to match designs that are durable and sustainable. The company’s furniture will also draw on a significant Swedish and Scandinavian design culture and heritage that unites ergonomics, functionality, craftsmanship and a good working knowledge of materials, whilst also being individualistic. Markus Form describe their philosophy as one that takes on greater challenges than those posed by form and finish, and acknowledges furniture as an architectonic component that has to handle scale and other spatial conditions and addresses everyday needs.

These values are the basis of Markus Form’s brand identity, developed by graphic design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist, and expressed using reductive, geometric, typographic shape and its consistent application, an appropriate use of space, proportion and layout, detail and the absence of detail, print finish and the distinctive and contextual qualities of unusual product photography. The project included business cards, post cards, tags, labels, folders and website.

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Luka Žanić Photography designed by Studio8585

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Business cards with die cut detail by Studio8585 for architectural photographer Luka Žanić

Luka Žanić is a Croatian interior and architectural photographer who works with clients worldwide. He approaches each project individually, gathering information about objects, spaces and their purpose before beginning a shoot. His brand identity, designed by Studio8585 and which included stationery, poster and portfolio folder, takes advantage of a typographically challenging set of characters in the form of a monogram and uses this to frame the colour of Luka’s images and sets both of these within the context of cues associated with modern architectural identities.

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Gras & Groves-Raines Architects by Graphical House

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Gold foiled business cards for Edinburgh based Gras and Groves-Raines Architects designed by Graphical House

Gras and Groves-Raines Architects are Edinburgh-based architecture practices, and two branches of the same organisation. Gras explores experimental routes and works within commercial, public and private developments as well as exhibitions, while Groves-Raines Architects takes a more traditional approach, specialising in the conservation and restoration of existing buildings. Although their fields of expertise differ, both are bound by the shared values of a high quality holistic approach from design through to execution, and favour craftsmanship and fine detail. These values informed the development of a new cohesive brand identity for both practices, managed by design studio Graphical House, and which included logotypes, stationery, business cards and brand guidelines.

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