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Sumer And The Modern Paradigm by Clase bcn, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Graphic identity and print by Clase bcn for exhibition Sumer And The Modern Paradigm

Sumer And The Modern Paradigm is an exhibition at Barcelona’s contemporary art gallery Fundació Joan Miró, and runs from 28th October 2017 to 21st January 2018. It intends explore and attempt to explain the influence of Mesopotamian art on modern artists, with a particular focus on the interwar period. The exhibition analyses work produced between the twenties and forties, takes a look at the documentation of Mesopotamian art that modern artists encountered and were inspired during this time, and looks to find the reasons for their fascination with the discoveries of ancient Near East artefacts. This relationship between between antiquity and modernity is expressed through the graphic identity of the exhibition, designed by Spanish studio Clase bcn, using a contrast of form and colour. This links a variety of printed communications and merchandise that included posters and flyers as well as tote bags and books.

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Maldini Studios by Jens Nilsson, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logotype and letterpress business cards by Jens Nilsson for interior design and carpentry business Maldini Studios

Maldini Studios is a Stockholm-based interior design and carpentry studio made up of project manager and carpenter Rasmus Moberg, interior designer Elina Johansson and carpenter Theo Klyvar. The studio’s work often uses precise lines and geometric forms to elevate the irregular detail and texture of natural materials. There are moments of utilitarian and ornamental juxtaposition, times at which this feels subtle and transitional, others where it is more severe and abrupt. Much of the studio’s work displays a contextual sensitivity, either in its continuity with or intentional opposition to space.

Drawing on the forms, materials and woodworking craft of the studio, as well as its understanding of object and space Jens Nilsson, former Design Director at Snask, built an identity that explores the intersection of the functional and the sculptural, material pleasure and communicative intention. This is done through the distinctive typographical forms of a custom typeface, a material variety, and by employing letterpress as a bridge between the two. Graphic identity runs across website and a variety of printed assets, these include stationery and business cards, branded items such as tote bags and scarves, as well as signage.

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Lumik by Hey, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logotype and duplex business cards design by Hey for Spanish lighting design and manufacturing company Lumik

Lumik is a Spanish lighting design and manufacture company, and partnership between the traditional metalworking company of Francesc and Ferran Martí, and interior designer and art director Frank Domínguez. Together they have 65 years of experience, and have built a catalogue of products with simple forms, moments of colour, elements of play and the industrial. These move between those that are hidden and utilitarian and those designed to be a feature and focal point. Lumik is described as being a trendsetter with a customisable and made-on-demand approach that offers customers a multitude of possibilities. This is expressed by the company’s graphic identity, designed by Barcelona based Hey, through a variety of cheerful and modern colours, a custom typeface, and the strong material qualities of brochure and business cards.

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