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DOIY by Folch, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, art direction, print and packaging by Barcelona-based Folch for product design company DOIY

DOIY is product design company creating playful objects that move between the useful and the more whimsical. These include items such as icepop socks, bicycle pizza slicer and unicorn scent. Much of this is firmly tongue-in-cheek but good quality, retailing in high-end and design-focused stores as well as larger chains.

With the introduction of materials such as ceramics, woods, metal and porcelain across its new ranges, and a desire to reach a wider market whilst retaining its current customers DOIY worked with Barcelona-based studio Folch to mature its brand identity. This included packaging and print communication that share a new and distinctive approach to photography; a collaboration between Folch, paper and set designer Raya Sader Bujana and photographer Leo García Mendez.

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Casa Bonay by Mucho, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity design for Barcelona hotel Casa Bonay by Mucho, Spain

Casa Bonay is a unique hotel destination in the neighbourhood of Eixample Dret, Barcelona, housed within a historic nineteenth century building with a neo-classical façade. Although the setting has a strong historical value, inside and out, the hotel experience makes a connection with the creative talent that populates the city today. This is achieved through collaboration with pioneering chefs, young designers, renowned furniture brands and an independent publisher to create menus, interiors and books.

Casa Boney’s brand identity, created by graphic design studio Mucho, is a visual articulation of the hotel’s free-spirited attitude and the coexistence of disparate personalities and styles. Where the hotel’s interior features classical masonry, period furnishings and darker hues alongside areas of modern restraint, utility and light, Mucho’s brand identity is colourful, eccentric and playful. This reaches across coasters, packaging and a variety of other printed materials.

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Hidraulik by Hey, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Hidraulik x Hey, a new range of 100% PVC floor and table mats inspired by 20th century modernism

Hidraulik is a Barcelona-based business producing floor mats, table mats and runners for contemporary spaces. These are inspired by cement panels hydraulically pressed, rather than fired, with a layer of coloured pigment.

Hydraulic panels originated in the 1850’s and experienced a resurgence in the mid 20th century. At that time they would often feature brightly coloured and detailed patterns, and were popular during an era of personalisation and interior self-expression. Hidraulik brings these right up to date, applying a similar aesthetic quality to a thin, flexible and moveable PVC surface.

The first range was made up of Art Nouveau-inspired prints designed in house, and was followed up by modernist-inspired prints created by Huaman, the graphic design studio also responsible for Hidraulik’s brand identity and packaging.

This week sees the launch of Hidrualik’s latest range, created by Barcelona-based graphic design studio Hey. These build on the retrospective references of Huaman’s designs but with some of the idiosyncrasies of Hey’s own work, often convivial in colour, form and composition. Hydraulic describe this new range as diverging from but still honouring something of the modernist traditions that inspires the brand.

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Francina Models by Mucho, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Edge painted business cards by graphic design studio Mucho for Barcelona-based model agency Francina Models

Francina Models is a Barcelona-based fashion agency, led by Mireia Verdú, with over 30 years of experience. It was the first modeling agency in Spain to offer an acting and training academy and, over recent years, has began to diversify, committing itself to the discovery of new talent and the representation of a variety of fashion profiles and international models. With a desire to express this diversification, its 30 year legacy and a well-respected position within the industry, Francina Models approached graphic design studio Mucho to develop a new visual identity system that would reach across model and business cards, stationery, signage and online presence.

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